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.
Healing Properties and Indications
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.
Garden Raspberry Scientific Facts
- Scientific name: Rubus idaeus L.
- Other names: Raspberry, European red raspberry.
- French: Framboisier.
- Spanish: Frambueso.
- Environment: It grows among granite rocks in mountain regions of Europe, and it is naturalized to the American continent.
- 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.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: The fruit, the flowers, and the leaves.
How to use Garden Raspberry
- The fruit is eaten as a dessert, fresh whenever possible, or in jam or jelly.
- Infusion with the leaves and flowers, with 30-40 g per liter of water. Drink two or three cups daily.
- Mouth rinses and gargles with the same infusion used internally.
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.