A to Z Herbarium: Blackberry
Healing, Money, Protection, Pies for Lughnassadh
Blackberry is a cooling herb. Its leaves can be used to treat burns or, in a decoction, for a sore throat. The berries can be eaten—either fresh or in jam or wine—to alleviate stones or diarrhea. Blackberry syrup can help ease winter colds or flu. Brambles that grow in a natural arch can be used in magical healing. On a sunny day, one is supposed to crawl through the arch backward then forward three times (nobody said magic wasn’t awkward), going east to west as much as possible. This will cure boils, rheumatism, whooping cough, and blackheads.
The thorny branches (ruled by Aries and fire) are used for protection. Blackberry vines can be woven into protective wreaths and is especially effective when combined with rowan and ivy.
Blackberry leaves (ruled by Venus/Scorpio and water) are used in matters of female fertility. Tea brewed from the leaf is said to be a mild aphrodisiac. Leaves are also used in spells of wealth.
The berries symbolize femininity and are ruled by the element earth. They represent abundant harvests and can be used in spells and magical cooking for prosperity. Blackberries are traditionally baked into pies to celebrate harvest festivals, such as Lughnassadh.
Cunningham’s Encylopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham, 2016, Llewellyn Publications
Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft, Ann Moura, 2014, Llewellyn Publications