Rubus villosus (Blackberry)
Blackberry because blackberry is sacred to the Goddess Brighid. It's leaves and berries are used in spell work to attract wealth or healing. Scott Cunningham, in his book Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (p 56), provides us with the following chant to Brigit, the Celtic Goddess of poetry, healing, and smithcraft.
Three ladies come from the east,
One with fire and two with frost.
Out with fire and in with frost.
This chant was used to heal scalds with blackberry leaves. You begin by dipping 9 blackberry leaves into spring water. You then gently place them on the wound while saying the above chant three times for each leaf. You are are therefore repeating the chant a total of 27 times. Besides keeping your energy focused this is a very good way to time the amount of time required for each leaf.
Most of you know that blackberry brandy is a very tasty remedy for diarrhea. Well blackberry tea is also very tasty and does not have the side effects of alcohol for those you who avoid alcohol. It is able to treat diarrhea because of its astringent properties. Mrs. Grieve's A Modern Herbal provides us with a very interesting discussion on pages 108-110.
Chinese and Western Herbs are not to be taken without the personal advice of an Herbologist able to diagnose your condition. The information on these pages is only for knowledge not for self medication purposes.