Vigorous, bushy and very rustic, the raspberry bush is a fruit shrub with slightly thorny aerial stems, reaching 1.50 m in height.
Belonging to the family of Rosaceae, this sub-shrub and neighbor of the bramble is native to the undergrowth and the edges of the mountainous regions of Western Europe. It usually grows wild, and has a preference for light, humus-rich soils. It produces flowers self-fertile white and tasty fruit, rich in potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and iron.
His leaves have long been associated with the health of the female reproductive system, and their 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 very popular with the gods of Olympus, who believed it to originate from Mount Ida (Crete). The word "raspberry" would come 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 its marketing did not develop until 1950.
Cultivated in France for its perfume, his therapeutic properties and the manufacture of drinks, the wild raspberry is very present in the Vosges, the Auvergne mountains and the Alps.
As for his leaves, the story goes that they were used by native american from the north for:
- tone their uterus
- regain hormonal balance
- regulate their menstrual cycle
- stimulate fertility
- promote labor at childbirth
- relieve the symptoms of menopause.
Benefits and virtues of raspberry leaves
For a long time, therapeutic virtues medicinal plants were allocated to the reproductive system of the women.
A true ally of women from the beginning to the end of the pregnancy, raspberry leaves are rich in iron, vitamins C and E, in calcium, potassium, minerals and in folic acid. They also contain flavonoids and tannins.
Before pregnancy, they are an excellent natural resource for a good hormonal balance as well as regularization of menstrual cycles. Its effect antispasmodic on the uterine muscles helps relieve painful periods. Its calcium content tones the pelvic girdle, the uterus, thus stimulating fertility.
During pregnancy, their toning effects on the uterus reduce the risk of miscarriage.
At thedelivery, their anti-contracting effect and toning on the uterus promote the work of deliverance.
To fight against intestinal problems (indigestion, diarrhea), phytotherapists recommend raspberry leaves for their effect astringent. To relieve sore throat, a raspberry leaf tea mouthwash is often recommended.
They also have a noticeable effect on the treatment of Alzheimer's disease that others troubles of the nervous system.
Use of raspberry leaves
On sale in pharmacy, dried raspberry leaves are for internal use, taken as:
- 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. Filter. Then add lemon and / or honey. Drink 1 cup, 2 or 3 times a day.
In case of sore throat or from diarrhea, the appropriate treatment is done by extracting the tannins after a maceration time of 15 to 30 minutes.
In general, depending on the needs, the dosage is 8 cl, 3 or 4 times a day.
This herbal tea (which can be combined with sage without side effects) has regulating effects on the menstrual cycle, and soothing on the cramps that may accompany it.
However, its astringent effect can decrease the production of breast milk. Breastfeeding women should not consume it.
In case of pregnancy, a medical advice is indicated.
– Dyeing : take 5 ml, twice a day (or refer to the manufacturer's recommendations).