9 Amazing Health Benefits of Thimbleberries

Thimbleberries, or Salmon berries or Mountain sorrel are thimble-like shaped fruits that resemble raspberries in their appearance, although they have far more seeds in them. These fruits have a red color when they turn ripe. You must know that these fleshy fruits are so delicate that they may break in your hands when picked from the plant. These thimbleberries offer a range of nutritional value and they have a lot of amazing health benefits. If you find this interesting then do read below and know more about the benefits.

9 Amazing Health Benefits of Thimbleberries

Nutritional Facts Of Thimbleberries:

100 grams of thimbleberries contain 10 gram of carbohydrates, 0.33 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, 47 calories and contains few vitamins like Vitamin A and Vitamin C in minor amount along with some minerals like few iron, potassium and calcium.

9 Amazing Health Benefits Of Thimbleberries:

#1. Heals Wounds And Prevents Scarring:

Thimbleberry plants are known to be used in some regions as herbal remedies for treating several types of wounds. It is also believed that some properties contained in the leaves and the barks of the thimbleberry plant, are able to speed up healing and even prevent the wounds from leaving scars.

However, unfortunately, so little research and evidences are there to back up this claim. Still, you can try this for your wounds, especially if they are mild and know if it works. However, note to take medical treatments in case of severe wounds.

#2. Helps In Gaining Weight:

The roots of this plant also serves as natural appetizers, and thus using the roots of thimbleberries as a herbal remedy can aid boosting appetites and can be particularly beneficial for those individuals who are planning to gain some weight.

#3. Beneficial During Menstrual Periods:

One of the most surprising benefits of thimblerries is that they are helpful during menstruation. For women who are concerned about their irregular menstruation cycles, can try herbal remedy of thimbleberry leaves as infusions to drink. This is because, the leaves and also other parts of thimbleberries are considered to be a strong emebagogue, thus, consuming the infusin of thimbleberry leaves can help regularize your menstrual periods.

#4. Skin Health Nemefits of Thimbleberries:

There are some excellent skin health benefits of Thimbleberries:

The leaves of thimbleberry plants are known to be able to treat some skin disorders, such as acne and swelling. The leaves are to be crushed and used as salves to be applied on the affected skin. Even, the roots of thimbleberries can be made in to decoction for treating acne as well.

The thimbleberries leaves are generally soft and thus are suitable for face wipes and some even said that they can be used as skin cleanser. The skin health benefits of thimbleberries leaves include curing and removing blackheads and pimples as well. Moreover, these leaves have specific properties which make them suitable for oily skins, in which they can help controlling the secretions of grease in the face areas.

#5. Digestive Health Benefits of Thimbleberries:

The Native Americans have been using some shrubs and bushes for several medical purposes. One of them is to cure many digestive issues, like diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach. The roots of the thimbleberry plants are known to be pretty effective in treating digestive problems and it is known that drinking the tea made out of it could solve the problems like diarrhea and possibly other digestive issues.

Unfortunately, there are less or no scientific finding to support this claim. Still, as the plant is considered safe enough to consume, you can try this for treating your digestive issues. However, it is best to consult with more experience practitioners before consuming any part of it.

#6. Beneficial in Relieving ToothAches:

Are you suffering from toothaches? If yes! You can try thimbleberries that are known to be beneficial in treating toothaches. The thimbleberry plant is used as painkiller, especially for treating toothaches. However, there are little scientific evidence for supporting this kind of usages, and thus always some cautions must be taken.

#7. Used In Treatments of Anemia:

We already known that thimbleberries contain minor amounts of iron in them. While the iron content do not actually amount much to the overall iron requirements of your bodies, incorporating thimbleberry jams in your diets might help in treating anemia, in tandem with some iron-heavier alternatives.

The presence of the iron mineral in our bodies is required for the distribution of oxygen throughout the body. Iron is also essential for the body for generating RBCs or Red blood cells, which are paramount for the functioning of the whole body. So, adding thimbleberry jams and jellies to your diet on a regular basis could help supplying the much needed minerals.

#8. Benefits of Thimbleberries in Strengthening the Immune System:

These fruits contain Vitamins like Vitamin A and Vitamin B, which are known to be beneficial in strengthening the immune system and helps in keeping you away from several diseases. Consuming thimbleberries could be quite a useful addition for your overall diet.

#9. Other health Benefits Of Thimbleberries:

The vitamin A and Vitamin B content present in thimbleberries are also known to be pretty beneficial for your eye health and keeps your vision healthy.

Potassium and calcium content present in Thimbleberries are known to be essential for maintaining the metabolism processes on their tracks. Potassium and calcium are also beneficial for bone health.

Thimbleberries are also known to be essential for nervous system.

How To Eat Thimbleberries?

  • These thimbleberries are consumed raw or cooked as jam or jelly
  • The berries are also dried and taken as dried fruits.
  • Thimbleberries are added to fruit pies, milkshakes and several other desserts
  • Thimbleberries are also mixed with other berries and consumed.


  • If you are pregnant, then you should avoid taking Thimbleberry.
  • Consuming the fruit in excess can result in adverse health effects.


So above were some of the amazing health benefits of thimbleberries. It must be noted that it is not just the fruit or the berry that is beneficial, but almost every part of the plant are known to have some real great health benefits and been used in herbal remedies for treating several health problems. You can try these thimbleberries to experience their benefits on your own.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 22, 2018

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