Raspberry is an excellent natural antidepressant
Raspberry is a tasty and healthy fruit rich in antioxidants that have an anti-inflammatory effect and prevent the action of harmful bacteria and fungi. Raspberries have a red color due to anthocyanins while resveratrol from raspberries slows down aging and ellagitannin has anticancer properties. Raspberries contain certain amounts of mineral compounds (iron, zinc, copper and amngan). Raspberry seeds contain manso oil and smaller amounts of phytosterols.
Raspberries are widely used in folk medicine. Healers once believed that boiled and sterilized raspberry juice helps soothe bile attacks. The pulp of ground raspberry leaves was applied to the skin of rubella patients. Raspberry root tea relieves itching and whitens blemishes on the skin. Raspberries have a high content of vitamin C (the most important natural antioxidant) and salicylic acid due to which it has many healing properties. Raspberries also contain other natural antioxidants (flavonoids, phenolic compounds, anthocyanins, vitamin E, carotenoids). All useful substances in raspberries create preconditions for the manifestation of medicinal and useful properties (bactericidal, diaphoretic and analgesic properties). The smell of raspberries increases the secretion of gastric juice, bile, saliva and stimulates the appetite. The fruits are often used against hangovers and as a sobering agent.
Modern folk medicine uses the leaf, fruit, flower, young shoots and root. Indications for use are, among other things, diseases of the respiratory tract (where raspberries encourage sweating), break down mucus in the bronchi and lower fever. Traditional doctors prescribe treatments from raw raspberry fruit, tea from the leaves and a drink from the shoots.
Drink with raspberry shoots: dry the raspberry cuttings, chop, grind and then cook. In half a liter of boiling water add one tablespoon of sprout powder and cook for 3 minutes.
Against diarrhea – raspberry branch tea is used, ie drink one cup of tea three times a day, infusion or tea from leaves and branches (as an astringent) and tea from dried fruits.
Skin changes (inflammatory processes and acne) – are treated with warm infusions of flowers or leaves of raspberries. Coat the problem area for a few minutes with a swab dipped in liquid. It takes 20 such treatments, with the first ten performed daily and the remaining ten every other day. Raspberry ointment, butter and leaf tea mixed with olive oil are used to treat skin diseases.
Hemorrhoids are treated with a healing liquid from the roots or flowers of raspberries while hemorrhage is treated with leaf tea. Folk healers for the treatment of sclerosis use raspberry leaf to prepare tea and infusion.
Healers from the Far East prescribed raspberries for various ailments. Thus, traditional Chinese medicine recommends raspberries for eye diseases (redness, inflammatory conditions and even blindness), toothache, urination and excess fluid from the body. They also made a medicinal liquid from the flower or root of the raspberry for reproductive disorders (abundant white washing).
In Tibetan medicine, raspberry leaves and young shoots are used to treat acute and chronic infectious diseases, neurasthenia and inflammation of peripheral nerves. Nervous diseases were treated with the fruits, leaves and stems of raspberries.
Cold pregnant women should not use raspberry leaf-based preparations, especially in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy. On the other hand, raspberry fruit tea boosts breast milk production and helps treat lactational mastitis.
Consumption of raspberries affects the regulation of blood pressure, improves blood composition, normalizes the gastrointestinal tract and has a diuretic effect. The fruit and leaf of the raspberry are used as a homeopathic remedy if there is edema, pyelonephritis and other kidney diseases.
However, there are cases of contraindication. Raspberries should not be used by people suffering from gout, allergic intolerance and patients with worsening diseases of the genitourinary organs (especially kidneys).
Raspberry is an excellent antidepressant and is therefore recommended for people who struggle with stress, insomnia and depression on a daily basis. One serving of raspberries provides 25 to 35% of the daily intake of vitamin C.
Vegetable liquid with raspberry leaf and potassium was once used to dye hair. In modern times, this liquid is used after washing hair (for rinsing hair) because it stimulates hair growth and strengthens the scalp.
Fresh raspberry juice tastes better if honey or lemon is added.