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Currants for rheumatism and colds

by Josephine Andrews
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A versatile medicinal plant: a tea made from the leaves of the black currant often provides relief for urinary tract infections and rheumatic complaints. Folk medicine also relies on the healing powers of the currant fruit. Read more about currants and their uses here!

What are the effects of currants?

The leaves of the black currant (Ribes nigrum) are used as a traditional herbal medicine to support the treatment of rheumatic complaints. They can also be used for flushing therapy for mild urinary tract problems.

The therapeutic use of black currant is based on the diuretic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of the leaves. They contain important ingredients such as flavonoids, essential oil and anthocyanins.

In addition, the fruits of the currant are healthy: they contain a lot of vitamin C, B vitamins, tannins, fiber and minerals such as potassium – just like red currants. In folk medicine, blackcurrants are therefore considered to be a tonic for feverish illnesses and are also said to be beneficial for colds, pneumonia and whooping cough.

There is gamma-linolenic acid in the seeds of currants. This is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that can help fight inflammation and therefore has a positive effect on the skin. The fatty oil pressed from the seeds (currant seed oil) is recommended for neurodermatitis, for example.

How are currants used?

Whether as a tea, juice or oil: you can use currants in various ways. We present the possibilities to you in more detail.

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