Raspberry

(Rubus idaeus)

The fruit of the raspberry is velvety and tender, but its roots are strong. However, what is even more precious than its delicious fruit is the leaf. Women who, throughout history, since the Stone Age, most often went fruit gathering, realized very early on that a raspberry leaf could help them. In addition to numerous rituals, amulets, magic and spells, the raspberry leaf has proven to be an ideal solution for women’s ailments. It has long been used for painful menstruation, to strengthen the uterus and to help breastfeeding women. Raspberry leaf is rich in magnesium, potassium, manganese, selenium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and especially iron. It helps with nausea and leg cramps. It is an excellent astringent, it constricts blood vessels and curbs heavy bleeding. It is useful for the skin – burns, eczema, rashes – and also helps with gum diseases. Vitamins B, C and E boost the immune system and provide energy. It is effective for cleansing of the body, and has the power to ‘wash out’ the hormones we are exposed to either through food or the environment, so it can help both women and men maintain a good hormonal balance.

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