Raspberry leaves: health benefits and virtues
Raspberry leaves the ally of all women
Vigorous, bushy and very resistant, the raspberry is a fruit shrub with slightly thorny aerial stems that can reach 1.5 meters in height.
Belonging to the family Rosaceae, this subshrub and neighbor of the bramble is native to the understory and the edges of the mountainous regions of Western Europe.
Its leaves have long been associated with the health of the female reproductive system, and its virtues are touted in the treatment of associated ailments.
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A little history about raspberry leaves.
According to a Greek legend, the raspberry was highly valued by the gods of Olympus, who believed that it originated on Mount Ida (Crete). The word "raspberry" comes from "rubus idaes" which means "the bramble of Ida".
It was not until the 19th century that raspberries became part of French culinary habits, and were not marketed until 1950.
Grown in France for its perfume, its therapeutic properties and the production of drinks, wild raspberry is very present in the Vosges, the Auvergne mountains and the Alps.
As for its leaves, history says that they were used by northern Amerindian women to..:
- toning up your uterus
- hormonal balance
- regulate your menstrual cycle
- increase fertility
- support labor and delivery
- relieve the symptoms of menopause.
Benefits and virtues of raspberry leaves
For a long time, the therapeutic virtues of medicinal plants were assigned to the female reproductive system.
A true ally of women from the beginning to the end of pregnancy, raspberry leaves are rich in iron, vitamins C and E, calcium, potassium, minerals and folic acid. They also contain flavonoids and tannins.
Before pregnancy, they are an excellent natural resource for a good hormonal balance and the regularization of menstrual cycles. Their antispasmodic effect on the uterine muscles helps relieve painful periods. Its calcium content tones up the pelvic girdle, the uterus, thus stimulating fertility.
During pregnancy, its invigorating effects on the uterus reduce the risk of abortion.
During labor, its anti-contraction and invigorating effect on the uterus promotes labor during delivery.
To combat intestinal problems (indigestion, diarrhea), herbal therapists recommend raspberry leaves for their astringent effect. To relieve sore throats, a mouthwash of raspberry leaf herbal tea is often recommended.
They have as much impact on the treatment of Alzheimer's disease as other nervous system disorders.
Use of raspberry leaves
On sale in pharmacies, the dried raspberry leaves are for internal use, taken in the form of :
- Capsules: take 500 to 600 g of dried raspberry leaves, 2 to 4 times a day.
- Infusion: in 25 cl of water, boil 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried raspberry leaves for 5 minutes. Brush. Then add lemon and/or honey. Drink a cup, 2 or 3 times a day.
In case of sore throat or diarrhea, the appropriate treatment is the extraction of the tannins after a maceration time of 15 to 30 minutes.
In general, depending on the need, the dose is 8 cl, 3 or 4 times a day.
This herbal infusion (which can be combined with sage without side effects) has a regulating effect on the menstrual cycle and relieves any cramps that may accompany it.
However, its astringent effect can decrease breast milk production. Breastfeeding women should not consume it.
In case of pregnancy, medical advice is indicated.
- Tincture: take 5 ml, twice a day (or consult the manufacturer's recommendations).
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