Black Thorn/ Sloe(Prunus spinosa)

 

 

 

 

 

The tonic made of flowers and fruit make a very good diarrhoea and other bowel problem remedy. Sloe syrup is helpful in fighting the flu symptoms as well as has anti-reumatic properties.

. The plant is also good for nosebleeds, constipation and eye pain. Sloe berries were first used by herbalists for treating stomach problems and blood disorders. They are still used in wine, gin and vodka as flavouring. Sloes can also be made into a paste for whitening teeth and removing tartar. The berries taste better and not so bitter if harvested after a few frosts. Ancient folk used to bury the sloes in straw-lined pits for a few months to ripen them and make them sweeter.