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Barberry: use and effects

The use of barberry is not as widespread here as it is in Central Asia, for example. The effect of the medicinal plant on our health can be rated positively.

Barberry: One plant - many names

The barberry, which is also known as sour thorn, raspberry, cuckoo bread, red berry, Weinz├Ąpferln, or jack leaves, is a thorny shrub.

  • The medicinal plant can reach a height of over four meters. With a diameter of around three to four centimeters, the leaves of the plant are not exactly small either.
  • The barberry is particularly common in the forests and mountains of Central Europe.
  • In spring, the medicinal plant catches the eye with its bright yellow flowers and in summer, until autumn, the shrub inspires with its bright red fruits.
  • The elongated berries of the barberry contain, among other things, a lot of vitamin C and minerals, which makes them valuable for our health.
  • The fruits are harvested in late summer as soon as they have turned a dark red color. The harvest time is usually around September.
  • The berries of the barberry can be easily processed into jam, juices or smoothies. The sour-tasting fruits are also enjoyed raw or dried. The dried barberry berries taste good in muesli or yoghurt, for example.
  • If you like to create Asian dishes, you should combine the berries with rice or conjure up a delicious dessert from the fruits. In Central Asia, the fruits of the barberry are very popular as a spice.

Not only a medicinal but also a poisonous plant

The barberry is a diverse plant. On the one hand it is a medicinal plant and on the other hand it is poisonous. This is why the barberry is also called a poisonous shrub.

  • Whether the barberry is good for your health largely depends on the parts of the plant and how it is used. While the berries of the medicinal plant are completely harmless, the bark and the leaves of the barberry are, with some restrictions, among the poisonous components of the medicinal plant.
  • With restrictions because components of the root bark are definitely used in homeopathy. Since the root bark contains berberine, among other things, it is often used for problems with the bile and the intestine, for example digestive problems.
  • The bark of the barberry is also used for relief in diseases such as high blood pressure, jaundice, edema or vasoconstriction. However, you should only use the bark according to the exact dosage instructions. Improper use can even lead to respiratory failure.
  • In addition to internal use, the root bark of the barberry can also be used externally in the form of a tincture, for example in the case of lumbago or fever.
  • Completely harmless and very tasty, provided you like something sour, are the fruits of the barberry. The high vitamin C content and the fruit acids make the berries a healthy source of vitamins. Due to their composition, the berries of the barberry are particularly good for relieving and preventing cold symptoms.
  • In addition, the fruits of the medicinal plant have an antibacterial and antipyretic effect, so that they are also suitable for alleviating infectious diseases and as a tonic.

Just like the fruit of the barberry, the elderberries also taste a little sour, but are just as healthy.