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Raspberry, multi-purpose medicinal plant

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The raspberry, native to Europe, Asia, and North America, has numerous applications ranging from infusions for delivery to preparations for cough.

Raspberry

Name: Raspberry

Scientific name: Rubus idaeus

Part used: Leaves and fruits

Main components: In the leaves , fragarin (uterine tonic), tannins and polypeptides; in fruits, vitamins A, B, C and E, sugars, fruit acids, and pectin

Actions: Astringent, prepares the uterus for childbirth, stimulant, digestive, diuretic and laxative

Description

The raspberry is a deciduous shrub with a woody stem and an extension of 1 to 2 m. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North America, and has been grown in the orchards of edible plants at least since the sixteenth century. There are varieties of summer and autumn and their fruits, which can be red or yellow, are astringent and nutritious. Its leaves, imparipinnate according to the vigor of the plant, can treat menstrual spasms and strengthen the uterus for pregnancy, and are collected at the beginning of summer.

How to use the raspberry plant

It can be used for infusion taking 1 cup daily of standard infusion of the leaves during the last two months of pregnancy to strengthen and prepare the uterus for childbirth. Take the infusion as many times as necessary during delivery. To relieve painful or heavy menstruation, take 1 cup 3 times a day.

In a tincture , take 3-5 ml (60 drops) 3 times a day to combat mild diarrhea, or add them to 100 ml of hot water and clean it with wounds, varicose veins or inflammations of the skin. Add 2-5 drops to a little boiled and cooled water to bathe the eyes in case of conjunctivitis and eye inflammations.

As a remedy for mild fever, take 10 ml (2 teaspoons) 3-4 times daily of the juice of the crushed berries. In addition, it can be used as a  mouthwash or to make gargle using an infusion cup to cure mouth sores and cases of the inflamed throat.

How to grow the raspberry

This plant is grown in humid, slightly acidic soils. It is multiplied by pollination, root division or tender stem cuttings, and must be planted outdoors in winter or early summer. It is advisable to cut the stems with fruits flush after harvesting and select and layer the young stems.

The raspberry is found in the bushes and badlands. Its leaves are harvested early or mid-summer, and berries when ripe.

Warning: The therapeutic doses of the leaf can only be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy, and avoided completely at the beginning of it.

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