Garden Raspberry Health Benefits

Two thousand years ago, the great Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist, and author Pedanius Dioscorides recommended the garden raspberry in his De Materia Medica to remedy stomach weaknesses. Today, they are still as refreshing and invigorating as during that age and are a good source of vitamins.

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Healing Properties and Indications

The fruit of the garden raspberry contains pectin, sugar, organic acids, mineral salts, and vitamins A, B, and mainly C. The flowers and the leaves also contain tannin.

The fruit has appetizer, antiscorbutic, refreshing, and invigorating properties. They are recommended for febrile diseases. Treatments with raspberries are helpful for constipation, rheumatism, renal, and hepatic insufficiency. They stimulate the metabolism, especially the processes of elimination of organic waste and depuration.

The flowers and the leaves have astringent properties due to their content in tannin. They are used in infusion as antidiarrheic and mouth rinses and gargles for gums and throat inflammation.

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Garden Raspberry Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific name: Rubus idaeus L.
  2. Other names: Raspberry, European red raspberry.
  3. French: Framboisier.
  4. Spanish: Frambueso.
  5. Environment: It grows among granite rocks in mountain regions of Europe, and it is naturalized to the American continent.
  6. Description: Shrub of the Rosaceae family, growing from one to two meters high, with prickly stems and whitish leaves on their underside. It has small, white-greenish flowers.
  7. Parts of the plant used medicinally: The fruit, the flowers, and the leaves.
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How to use Garden Raspberry

  1. The fruit is eaten as a dessert, fresh whenever possible, or in jam or jelly.
  2. Infusion with the leaves and flowers, with 30-40 g per liter of water. Drink two or three cups daily.
  3. Mouth rinses and gargles with the same infusion used internally.

REFERENCES

George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 765. Print.

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