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herbalists use black sage, also called bloodberry, as a tea for colds
tightness or congestion, and it is often combined with the herbs 'jack
in the bush' and 'search mi hear'. It is commonly used for menstrual
cramps, which might explain one of its names, bloodberry.
It is still used as an astringent for spots and boils, and in Trinidad
to treat a range of skin diseases.
In the Brazilian Amazon indigenous people make an infusion from the
leaves to treat infections, inflammations, rheumatism and arthritis. It
is taken internally or topically.
Its anti-inflammatory properties have been confirmed in the laboratory,
and it has been tested as an anti-fungal and larvicidal (anti-mosquito).
The smooth bark is chestnut colored, and the leaves are dark and rough,
smelling of citrus. It thrives in open areas such as fields and
pastures, along roads and in open forest. Birds eat the fruits and help
spread the seeds in their droppings.
Black sage is not related to the culinary herb we know in Britain as
sage (Salvia genus).
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