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Black currant herbal Herbal Extract (Ribes nigrum) - 50 ml



 May help with










liver problems


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plant name


Blackcurrant , Black currant , blackcurrant (English), Kurokarin (Japanese)


International Latin denomination


Ribes nigra L.


botanical family


Grossulariaceae ( formerly Saxifragaceae )


Description and habitat


  • Bushy shrub up to 1.50 m tall native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia Minor and the Himalayas
  • Fragrant, lobed and toothed leaves
  • Flowers reddish inside and greenish outside, arranged in drooping clusters
  • The fruit is a black berry topped with the remains of the calyx
  • The genus Ribes seems the only representative of its family


History and tradition


  • We make famous liqueurs with its fruits in Côte d'Or


Parts used


  • Sheets
  • Fruits
  • buds
  • seed oil


Dosage forms available



Usual dosages




Main components of the plant



Main components of buds or young shoots



Main components of essential oil





Plant properties


  • Leaves  :
    • Anti-inflammatory, no ulcerogenic effect, comparable effect to reference NSAIDs (indomethacin and niflumic acid) [13] , peripheral analgesic, decreases the concentration of TNF-α, IL-1β and CINC-1, without affecting IL-6 and IL-10, but with inhibition of NO release [14] , [15]
    • Traps free radicals and opposes lipoperoxidation [16] , [17] by oligomeric proanthocyanidins , the anti-inflammatory activity of proanthocyanidins is linked to an inhibition of leukocyte infiltration, a downregulation of molecules endothelial adhesion molecules, ICAM-1 and VCAM-1, these molecules being capable of modulating VEGF transcription induced by TNF alpha [18]
    • Di- and trimer prodelphinidins are antiphlogistic and anti-inflammatory [19] , [20]
    • Salidiuretic and natriuretic activity, antihypertensive (1500 mg of dry leaves per kg)
    • Angio-protector [21]
    • An extract of wild blackcurrant leaves showed potent antiviral properties against the influenza virus Influenza A , without inducing resistance, unlike amantadine [22] , [23]
    • Sakuranetin is fungicidal
  • Buds  :
    • Stimulate the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands, and increase the sympathetic tone (according to Loïc Girre, the anti-inflammatory action of the buds reaches a third of that of cortisone). They are used in the food industry as flavor enhancers
  • Fruits :
  • The seed oil contains linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid , up to 18% gamma-linolenic acid and 9% stearidonic acid
    • It could act in rheumatoid arthritis [36] , and contribute to cardiovascular protection and the prevention of atherosclerosis [37]


Bud properties


  • Stimulate the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands, increase sympathetic tone
  • Anti-inflammatory activity [38] , greater than that of the leaves (the anti-inflammatory action of the buds would reach a third of that of cortisone) [39]
    • According to Tétau [40] , [9] , the anti-inflammatory activity of Ribes nigrum buds was tested on 4 models:
      • Cold resistance test (cortisone-like effect)
      • Cold plantar edema test (anti-edematous effect)
      • Test of sponge or cotton pellets (decrease of inflammatory cells)
      • Freund's adjuvant arthritis (orosomucoid decrease and immuno-modulation)
    • The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to the presence of terpene compounds and polyphenols ( catechins and phenolic acids ) [41]
  • Antioxidant properties [42]
  • Antimicrobials, antibacterials [43] , [44]
  • Potential activity in rheumatoid arthritis by antioxidant effect (with buds of Buxus sempervirens , Vitis vinifera ) [45]


Properties of essential oil


  • Bud essential oil:
    • Antibacterial against Acinetobacter baumanii , Escherichia coli , Pseudomonas aeruginoasa , Staphylococcus aureus [46]




Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)


  • Rheumatism and joint pain [47]
  • Drops
  • Microcirculatory vascular pathologies and arterial hypertension
  • Flu, spasmodic cough, gargling in angina
  • Diarrhea
  • Stimulation of cortisol by the adrenal glands, increased sympathetic tone (bud tests, and clinical findings)
  • The seed oil contains unsaturated fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid , up to 18% gamma-linolenic acid and 9% stearidonic acid

Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)

  • Allergic prevention (allergic rhinitis) [48]
  • According to Pol Henry [49] , it dominates with alder and birch  :
  • The primary inflammatory phase and it is decisive whether this phase is predominantly allergic. It therefore acts as a complement to all mucosal inflammatory states of the respiratory tract, the digestive tract and the urinary tract.
  • By the stimulation of 11 oxysteroids, it stimulates the catabolism of urea, uric acid and cholesterol
  • It acts on certain acute urticarial syndromes: angioedema, drug sensitization
  • It acts on anaphylactic accidents following antibiotic therapy and after insect bites ( Alnus glutinosa )
  • In acute post-infectious glomerulonephritis with sequelae of microbial focus, Ribes nigrum greatly accelerates the process of resolution of the affection.
  • Acts in flu-like conditions with Alnus glutinosa (125 drops alternating every 2 to 3 hours) ( Betula pubescens )
  • Is complementary to other buds in hypometabolized adult osteoarthritis


Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


Known or suspected mode of action



Usual formulations






Possible side effects and precautions for use


  • Seed oil should be avoided with blood thinners, due to the presence of fatty acids (but only seed oil)


Bibliographic references


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  2. Go↑ Oprea E, Radulescu V, Balotescu C, Lazar V, Bucur M, Mladin P, Farcasanu IC. Chemical and biological studies of Ribes nigrum L. buds essential oil. Biofactors. 2008;34(1):3-12. PMID 19706967
  3. Go↑ Orav A, Kailas T, Müürisepp M. Composition of blackcurrant aroma isolated from leaves, buds, and berries of Ribes nigrum L. Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Chemistry ‪déc. 2002‬ 51 (4), 225-234.
  4. Go to :4.0 and 4.1 Tétau M, Dorfman P. Scientific research and gemmotherapy. Biotherapy Notebooks, n° 138, pp. 35-46, February - March 1996
  5. Go↑ Viriot Anne-Claire. An update on gemmotherapy in 2012. Pharmacy thesis, Toulouse, 2015
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  10. Go↑ Maria Luisa Ruiz del Castillo, Gary Dobson. Varietal differences in terpene composition of blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L) berries by solid phase microextraction/gas chromatography. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Volume 82, Issue 13, pages 1510–1515, October 2002
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  • BLACK CURRANT (Ribes nigrum L.) – AN INSIGHT INTO THE CROP texte intégral


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Do not exceed the daily dose.


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