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Black Currant

Ribes Nigrum

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(Agriculture, Botany and Composition)

Family Grossulariaceae. This perennial bush grows up to about 5 feet tall, in damp soil and is cultivated mainly for its fruit, but its leaves are also popular for their medicinal benefits. Its hanging yellow flowers blossoms between April and May and its small, round, black berries ripen in July and August. Geography: This plant grows indigenously in European forests of the UK, France and Nordic regions and in Asia especially in Manchuria, Armenia and Siberia and the Himalayas

Historical Uses

History of this plant goes back as far back as the Greeks and Romans. Through the centuries it was used for its healing properties and especially as an aid in helping with bug bites. It can be found in creams, sunscreens and serums to refresh, treat red blotches, hydrate and remineralize skin - especially dry, sensitive, fragile and mature skin. Known for its anitoxidant, toning and hydrating properties as well as for its benefits as an anti-inflammatory.

Stories & Legends

According to Iranian legend, the first human couple were born from a Blackcurrant bush after they received their soul. In the 1840s its cultivation expanded quickly, especially in France where it could be bough in fine apothecaries as “a long-life elixir”.

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