Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Holy bramble
Common name:

Holy bramble

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Hebrew name:

פטל קדוש

Scientific name:

Rubus sanguineus


Rosaceae - ורדיים

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1-2 m
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Holy bramble grows in the banks of streams and springs, in wetlands areas and in moist soils that hold water well.
Holy bramble (raspberry) is a Spiny perennial shrub that usually grows near riverbanks. Its stalks have spiny juts. Its leaves are dentate, composed of three leaflets and has small hooked thorns. The blossoms are branched and have pink color.
In the folk medicine, all parts of holy bramble are used to heal different body diseases. Such as hemorrhoids, ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, skin disease, abscesses (boils), burns, gingivitis, angina, coughs and genital infections.
For treating ulcerative colitis diarrhea and ulcers
 Boil a handful of stems and leaves in a liter of water for half an hour, strain the decoction, sweeten it with honey and drink 2 cups a day. You can also add to the holy bramble leaves and stems a teaspoon of marigold flowers, a teaspoon of Liquorice root and a teaspoon of turmeric powder.
Most scholars agree that the Bush, appearing in the bible story of God revelation to Moses, is the holy bramble bush. Our ancestors knew how to make wine from raspberry fruits and they also made from the plant medicines to heal bleeding wounds and hemorrhoids. The Israeli Arabs eat the fruits of holy bramble, and use the branches to prepare baskets.