Medicinal plants

Mulberry leaves

The white mulberry and the black mulberry

There are many plants that have therapeutic virtues, and which are used in herbal medicine, to make medicinal preparations, suitable for treating certain pathologies. Some plants, however, possess these virtues only in part: for example, in the leaves, in the flowers, or in the roots. The mulberry, on the other hand, is a tree whose roots, bark, fruits and finally the leaves are used in phytotherapy. The mulberry leavesthey are excellent for preparing infusions and decoctions. The mulberry tree belongs to the Moraceae family, it is called Morus Celsa and is divided into two varieties, the white mulberry, or Morus Alba, and the black mulberry, or Morus Nigra. The differences are both aesthetic and substantial, but both species have beneficial properties for human health. The fruits of both are good to eat, although those of the white mulberry are more sour.

The characteristics of the mulberry tree


Mulberry is a tree that was imported to Europe from China, but which was already known in Ancient Rome. At one time, it was cultivated mainly because it was used for sericulture: silkworms are in fact fond of mulberry leaves. With the advent of synthetic fibers, other virtues of mulberry have been re-evaluated. First of all, it is a very beautiful plant, with a straight stem, which reaches up to twenty meters in height, and one hundred and fifty years of age. Its leaves have an irregular shape: sometimes they are lobed, other times oval, or they look like hearts. The main difference that can be seen between the white and black mulberry lies in the fruits, which are commonly called blackberries, because they actually resemble blackberries. The fruits of the white mulberry are larger and their taste is sour;

The virtues of the mulberry tree


Mulberry leaves were not only appreciated by silkworms, but also by man: in herbal medicine they are used to make herbal teas and decoctions. To tell the truth, it is not only the leaves of the mulberry that have properties that are used in herbal medicine, but also other parts of it. For example, the fruits of the mulberry have laxative properties, and are very suitable for those who suffer from constipation. The fruits of black mulberry, in addition to having this quality, also have refreshing and purifying virtues for the body, and it seems also antibiotic properties, which are also found in mulberry leaves. The most interesting feature of mulberry fruits is that they are hypoglycemic, meaning they have the ability to lower blood glucose levels. This is very useful for those suffering from diabetes. Furthermore,

Mulberry leaves: The leaves of the mulberry tree


As for the mulberry leaves more specifically, they have their own specific virtues. The main one is the diuretic, which serves to purify the kidneys, and the antibiotic, which helps fight infections. But not only that, the mulberry leavesthey are also astringent and can provide valuable support in cases of diarrhea. Finally, they are used to treat infections of the mouth, especially stomatitis and canker sores. Mulberry leaves are mainly taken in the form of a decoction: the chopped leaves are placed in half a liter of water and the resulting liquid, filtered, is drunk at least three times a day. Alternatively, using the fresh leaves you can prepare an herbal tea, which is useful against hypertension. Mulberry leaves can also have an external use, because with them you can make a cream to put on the face, in the case of the appearance of an eczema or a rash.

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