White mulberry (Morus alba L.)
White mulberry is actually a tree, not a herb.
But it is used as one.
The fruits are tasty and preferred by people (and animals) but some people know that the leaves of this tree have few major medical properties:
- Very good laxative
- Cough stopper
- Lowers blood glucose levels
- Snake bites antidote (viper bite)
The tree can be found world wide. It is 15-20 meters tall and has gray-brown bark. Almost smooth on young branches and with small wrinkles on older.
Leaf mass is what we are about (after eating the fruits ;)). Leaves are different. Some are spear-like, others are spade-like and there are some that don't have a symmetrical form at all.
Fruits are edible. They grow on groups and have white, pink or purple-red color. They are actually good for throat aches (as in common cold and flu) and have quite good quantities of pectin and pectose (good in diabetes and high blood pressure).
is done when the tree blooms actively between April and May.
Drying is done in herb drier or windy room without sunlight. Temperature no more than 45 degrees Celsius.
Keep in paper bag or wicker basket.
is done by pouring a pint of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of chopped leaves.
Leave for one hour to cool and disolve all active substances, sift and keep in a bottle.
Drink 3 times a day before meals if you are constipated or have high blood sugar levels.
Eat the fresh fruits as much as you like. They have the same properties mentioned above, but in lower potency. They are still good for lowering blood glucose levels when eaten fresh.
are treated with smeared and crushed leaves and fruits over the bite. Treat with the darker fruits and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Have a handful of the leaves and chew until they feel like a soft bubble gum. Spit and repeat.
The leaf mass substances dissolved in saliva will stop internal bleeding and prevent blood coagulation by the snake venom.
Just don't forget, the snake bite is life threating and chewing the leaves is only a first aid. Seek help as soon as possible.