Black Currants

The Remarkable Deep Tissue Toxifier

“There is nobody who, having a garden, shouldn’t plant a great number [of black currant bushes] for the needs of their family,” wrote the Abbé P. Bailly de Montaran in 1712. And he added: “Black currant is a fruit that promotes long life in human beings.”

One of the most interesting things about herbal medicine is that you are continually discovering rare medicinal power among the commonest plants — many of them ones you have known since childhood. An exciting example of this and a plant with remarkable healing properties is black currant (Ribes nigrum).

A generation ago, lots more people had gardens and most grew and used black currants. You might remember the smell of black currant bushes at home or the sour taste of the currants in your grandparents’ garden. At one time the small bush (four or five feet high) produced the fruit that was made into jams and jellies by thousands of resourceful Canadian women. It was packed full of vitamin C for the long Canadian winter at a time when oranges were not available. Black currants were considered one of those standby household remedies.


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