Raspberries, so well known to all of us, are popularly also called “cat berries”. Probably, this was because the berry has a mass of healing properties, and thus gives us 9 lives, like a cat. Since ancient times, raspberry has been used by the people to clean the blood, to treat angina and conjunctivitis, diseases of the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, inflammations of the oral mucosa, fevers, atherosclerosis and hypertension, avitaminosis, bronchial asthma.
In ancient Russia, dry raspberry berries were harvested, and then jam was prepared for treating colds - it appeared as a diaphoretic and antipyretic agent. In a word, this berry is simply magical!
Common raspberry - shrub or shrub with rounded, erect stems. The roots of the plant spread along the top layer of soil, have above-ground shoots. The leaves consist of 5-7 ovate leaves, which are omitted from below. The flowers of the raspberry are small in size, white in color, are collected in the lateral brush and in the apical inflorescence. The fruit is a fragrant spherical-oval-shaped berry. Flowering time: June-July, the fruit ripens in July-August.
Where to look for raspberries?
Raspberry grows on sunny forest glades, on forest edges and hillsides, on dumps and open slopes, on roadsides, raspberries grow equally well on plains and mountains. However, the higher the place of growth of raspberries, the harder the conditions for the life of the plant, the more aromatic its fruit.
Features of collecting raspberries
Fruits, leaves, flowers and roots of raspberry are used as medicinal raw materials. The fruits of common raspberries ripen until early September. Only well-ripened fruits should be collected. It is necessary to pick berries during the day, when dew has descended and the sun is already shining. Otherwise, the berries slacken, and therefore lose their medicinal properties. Collected raw materials should be cleaned from leaves, branches, unripe and overripe, crumpled and spoiled fruits, then the berries should be spread out in a thin layer on paper and dried in the sun. Well dried fruits also do not stain hands when kneaded. After drying, the blackened berries must be removed from the raw materials. The dry fruits of raspberry will retain their natural reddish color, a peculiar raspberry smell and will have a sour-sweet taste if they are properly dried.
To dry the raspberries, you need to scatter them in a thin layer on a sieve and put them in a cold oven or oven. By weight, they should shrink more than 5 times. The leaves of raspberry vulgaris should be collected in the spring, while they are still very young and tender. Raspberry leaves should be dried in the open air under a canopy, or in a regularly ventilated room, or in an oven at a temperature of 55-60 degrees. The shelf life of raw raspberry ordinary - 2 years. The smell of raw materials should be specific, pleasant, and taste - sweet and sour.
Contraindications:raspberry preparations should not be taken by patients with gout and nephritis, since they contain a large amount of purines.
Preparations of raspberry can cause an allergic reaction in the form of itching, swelling, skin diseases.
Medical recipes with raspberries
Tea blend with raspberry leaves
20 grapes of raspberry, 10 g of strawberry leaves, 5 g of blackberry leaves, 2 g of wood of the jasper mix. 2 teaspoons with the top of this mixture pour 250 ml of boiling water, brew for about 5 minutes, then strain. This healing tea can be drunk with lemon and even with milk and sweetened with honey or sugar. It is perfect for all members of your family for the prevention of colds, as well as for the treatment of colds and flu in the early stages.
Infusion of raspberry
1 tablespoon dried raspberry fruit, pour 2 cups boiling water and leave for 1 night. Take this infusion of 0.5 cups 3-4 times a day after meals.
Raspberry berries contain many sterols, which are cholesterol antagonists, therefore, their consumption prevents the development of atherosclerosis.
You can also brew tea from the dry fruits of raspberry: take 2 teaspoons of raw raspberry and pour 300 ml of boiling water over them, leave for 5 minutes, strain. Drink this tea for sore throat, fatigue, headache and stomach pain, anemia, as well as to improve digestion.
Decoction for sore throat
Two tablespoons of crushed dried raspberry leaves, pour 2 cups of boiling water and put on the fire, boil the broth for 10 minutes, then strain. Drink the decoction while it is still hot (or very hot) for 1-2 hours as a diaphoretic. The same broth can rinse your mouth and throat with angina.
Infusion of dry berries
2 tablespoons of dry berries pour 2 cups boiling water, leave for 2 hours, then strain. Drink the infusion is recommended 1-2 tablespoons 3 times a day (before each meal).
Infusion of raspberry flowers
20 g of raw material, pour 200 ml of boiling water, insist half an hour, then strain. Take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day (after each meal).
Infusion of flowers and raspberry leaves
10 pearls and 10 g of raspberry leaves, pour 200 ml of boiling water, leave for half an hour, then strain.
Infusion of raspberry leaves
10-15 g of raw materials pour 200 ml of boiling water, leave for half an hour, then strain. Take 80 ml of infusion 3 times a day (eaten with each meal).
Raspberry leaf decoction
6-10 g of raw materials, pour 200 ml of boiling water, put on the fire and boil for 10 minutes, then strain. Take 80 ml of broth 3 times a day (after each meal).
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