A leafy shrub reaching between 1 and 1.5 m in height. When the fresh leaves are rubbed, they release a highly aromatic fragrance. The fragrance fades when the flowers are dried. The flowers have 3 to 5 triangular lobes with serrated edges. Its limb is mildly fuzzy. Its flower has a shorter corolla than its hairy calyx. It is highly melliferous and is yellow to reddish in colour on the inside. It is green on the outside. Its fruits are black berries that hang in clusters, type 5 (closely related to the rosaceae family), topped with the calyx teeth, and are fragrant, with a pleasant flavour. Its pulp provides a purple coloured juice.

Latin name

Ribes nigrum L.


North Europe and Asia.

Used part

The leaves.

Active components

Flavonoids and phenolic components: antioxidant action.

Proanthocyanidins: anti-inflammatory action.

Vitamin C: Antioxidant action.

Essential oil: responsible for its diuretic action.


In traditional medicine, the leaves of the blackcurrant plant are mainly used for their diuretic effect. They eliminate uric acid, but also act against joint and rheumatic pain. Moreover, applications are also described to treat conditions such as diarrhoea, coughs and wound care. Scientific research into blackcurrant leaves has clearly demonstrated its beneficial action on the comfort and mobility of joints, particularly in the case of rheumatic diseases. The leaves also contribute to proper muscle function. These effects can be attributed to interactions in the inflammatory process and in the accompanying pain. 2-6 Blackcurrant buds have recently been used in certain products, for diuretic purposes among others, but to date only its antioxidant and antimicrobial actions have been scientifically proven. 7-10 The EFSA currently refutes all claims relating to this medicinal plant.

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