American Blackberry

(Rubus villosus) Like most of the brambles, this was used as an astringent tonic for diarrhoea, dysentery, and the like (Grieve.1931). The astringency probably helps the throat membranes, for the Cherokee people made a habit of chewing the roots and swallowing the saliva when they had a cough. They also used it as a poultice for piles. A syrup of blackberry root is an American country remedy for dysentery, and the juice of the fruit, spiced and laced with whisky, is a well-valued carminative drink in Kentucky, the original of the well-known "Blackberry Cordial" (Lloyd).

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