Blackcurrant

(Ribes nigrum) Used in folk medicine against sore throat (a quinsy, or squinancy), long before cultivation, and it is still so used, even for whooping cough, for which blackcurrant tea is taken in Cumbria (Newman & Wilson). A wine or jelly usd to be made in Yorkshire from the fruit, and set aside for sore throats (Nicholson), while the juice from the berries is a diarrhoea remedy (W A R Thomson. 1987). Other medicinal uses are more esoteric. What, for example, lies behind the statement that "their medicinal value lies in their ability to improve the eyesight ..."?

(Schauenberg & Paris). In Ireland, it was used as a remedy for hydrophobia (Wood-Martin). Wesley was able to recommend it for similar misfortune: "a venomous sting, ..., take inwardly, one Dram of black Currant leaves powder'd. It is an excellent counterpoison".

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