Raspberry Leaf: Basically, people consider raspberries as a tasty and healthy berry, but few people attach importance to the fact that the benefits of raspberry leaves are also great. But the healing properties of raspberry leaves are very important for human health and are applicable both for treatment and for the prevention of various kinds of diseases.
Raspberry is a perennial shrub that is appreciated and grown by almost all gardeners, as it is very unpretentious and does not require special care. But not only in cultivated areas you can see raspberries, but even in the wild, they are quite common, especially in forests.
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Bright red and bright yellow, with a sweet aroma, of extraordinary beauty, the berry is able to please even the most capricious gourmet. Few people will deny themselves the pleasure of eating a wonderful, tender and unusually beautiful raspberry.
There are contraindications, a specialist consultation is required
Raspberry leaf: medicinal properties
For a long time, raspberry jam has been used in the treatment of colds. But few people use raspberry leaves. But they have no less valuable properties than the berry itself. And if raspberry berries in some cases, with individual intolerance, can cause an allergic reaction, then its leaves are safe for internal use even for children and have effective properties for treating colds and for enhancing immunity due to their high content of ascorbic acid (vitamin C ).
Raspberry leaves are recognized and successfully applied as a remedy by both traditional and folk medicine. To a greater extent, raspberry leaves have healing properties in the treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract, as well as:
- have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties, therefore they are effective in the treatment of influenza, acute respiratory viral infections, acute respiratory infections, colds;
- have a thinning and excreting phlegm, antitussive effects, which greatly facilitates and improves respiratory processes;
- increase the process of sweating, which has a positive effect in the treatment of colds;
- are a mild antipyretic agent, which improves the general condition of the human body during the period of illness.
But the beneficial properties of raspberry leaves are not limited to this. Due to the rich composition of nutrients such as vitamins E, K, C, organic acids, folic acid, mineral salts, flavonoids, salicylate, macro- and microelements that have a beneficial effect on the human body, it is recommended to use raspberry leaves to obtain the following important for health human effects:
- beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract;
- fast healing of cuts, wounds and ulcers, due to astringent, hemostatic properties;
- mild diuretic effect, which helps to reduce puffiness and remove pathogenic microbes from the body;
- increased immunity, which in turn improves the body’s resistance to various diseases;
- removal of inflammation of the mouth and throat when rinsing with a warm broth.
Raspberry leaves are useful not only for medicinal purposes; due to the large amount of vitamins, macro- and microelements, a decoction of them is also effective as a cosmetic product. If you wipe your face with a freshly prepared cool broth, fine wrinkles will gradually smooth out, and the skin will acquire a beautiful, youthful, toned appearance. In addition, a decoction of raspberry leaves helps to eliminate skin inflammation and acne.
Rinsing hair with a warm broth after shampooing will not only give the hair a beautiful, healthy, shiny look, protect the hair ends from dissection, but also strengthen the hair follicles, which will prevent hair loss and premature baldness.
Contraindications for the use of raspberry leaves
Although raspberry leaves are more harmless, they should still be treated with caution like any other plant. Despite the positive effect of raspberry leaves on the human body, in rare cases, their use can be harmful, so there are contraindications. Before using raspberry leaves, you should consult your healthcare professional.
Do not use a decoction of raspberry leaves inside for the following serious diseases:
- bronchial asthma;
- nephritis and other severe kidney diseases;
- chronic constipation.
Even in the absence of the above diseases, raspberry leaves should not be used in the following situations (or used with extreme caution and only on the recommendation of the attending physician):
- pregnancy (early stages);
- individual intolerance.
Collection of herbs with raspberry leaves
In the absence of severe chronic diseases and individual contraindications, you can prepare various healing infusions or decoctions that will enhance and accelerate the healing effects of herbal preparations.
Raspberry leaf, coltsfoot, medicinal chamomile (pharmacy).
The combination of these three plants is aimed at preventing and treating diseases of the upper respiratory tract, as well as colds, since it has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effects, etc.
Raspberry leaf, raspberry berries (frozen, fresh, dried).
The collection of raspberry leaves and berries has effective bactericidal, antipyretic, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and other actions.
Raspberry leaf, birch leaves, medicinal chamomile (pharmacy).
The herbal collection of these three amazing plants has antibacterial, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and other effects.
Raspberry leaf, oregano, licorice root.
This triple combination of beneficial plants will strengthen the immune system, help in the treatment of upper respiratory tract, colds, etc.
Raspberry leaf, mint leaf, black currant leaf.
The combination of these plants will produce a calming effect on the human body, nourish it with a large amount of vitamin C, and will also have antiviral, anti-inflammatory effects, etc.
Raspberry leaf tea: benefits
As mentioned above, raspberry leaves have many healing properties, so tea made from them will bring great benefits to the body, both for medicinal and prophylactic purposes. For some people, drinking tea with their family is not just a process of quenching their thirst, but a whole tea ceremony that creates a special atmosphere of warmth, comfort and kindness. Raspberry leaf tea is not only healthy, but also delicate and pleasant to the taste.
There are generally accepted norms for making a healing drink from raspberry leaves.
Four tablespoons of leaves are poured into a thermos, 400 milliliters of hot water is poured, tightly closed with a lid and infused for two hours.
In order to treat colds, 100 milliliters are taken orally warm, four times a day, 15-30 minutes before meals.
The course of application is from 10 to 15 days, if this does not contradict the advice of the attending specialist doctor.
It should be remembered that when using tea from raspberry leaves inside for the treatment of colds, you should not go outside, especially in the cold season and windy weather. Since raspberry leaves increase sweating, reduce temperature, cold and drafts after using this tea can aggravate colds.
For those who love hot herbal drinks, small amounts of raspberry leaves and dried berries will also provide an invaluable service as a fortifying and prophylactic agent, if mixed with another herbal tea and brewed like an ordinary herbal tea. In addition, tea with the addition of raspberries will acquire not only a beautiful, bright and attractive color, but also a sophisticated aromatic shade.
We draw your attention to the fact that it is advisable to eliminate any problematic at three levels: physical, energetic and spiritual. The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery. The information provided, based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine, should be considered as helpful, but not as a panacea.