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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will create an infusion of blackberry leaves. Infusion is a method of extracting desired compounds from plant material by steeping the material in hot or cold water, depending on the plant and its attributes.

To show you’ve completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your plants being harvested
- a picture of the infusion being made
- a picture of the finished infusion
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I made blackberry infusion using foraged Trailing Blackberry (Rubis ursinus) leaves. According to Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar and MacKinnon, the leaves, stems, roots, and berries were used by the Coast Salish people and is the only native blackberry in this region.

The infusion has a faint blackberry smell and a fairly pleasant flavor.
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Harvesting
Harvesting
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Adding to boiling water
Adding to boiling water
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Turn off heat, seep for 5 minutes covered.
Turn off heat, seep for 5 minutes covered.
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Finished infusion.
Finished infusion.
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I made a blackberry leaf infusion.
harvesting blackberry leaves
I used a small handful of freshly harvested new growth leaves.
prepped blackberry leaves
covered in boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.
steep in boiling water
Completed blackberry leaf infusion.
finished blackberry leaf infusion
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fresh blackberry leaf infusion
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black berry leaf infusion and it was not too bad
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Are all varieties of blackberries safe for infusion?
I currently have thornless blackberries growing in my yard and am wondering if I can infuse their leaves too.
 
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I did a quick Google-Fu on blackberry leaf teas, and came up with mostly it's just a dietary supplement. Is it supposed to have any direct medicinal value? (such as a cold remdy, or other specific ailment treatment)
 
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Joshua,
Blackberry infusion is indeed medicinal. If you make a strong infusion esp. with some sage added, it gives relief of diarrhea. Hope that helps.
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