Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus)
The Red Raspberry is a deciduous shrub that grows to a height of between one to two meters tall. The plant normally has got biennial and erect stems that are slightly arching. It also has got several underground stolons that spread to form thickets. However, the young stems of Red Raspberry have got dense numerous prickles and hairs that appear as bristles. The older stems of the plant are purplish brown but often change their color to smooth brown after the epidermis that bears the bristles shreds off. Red Raspberry produces flowers that are in small terminal clusters. Besides, the plant also bears aggregate fruits that are rounded and measuring about 1 cm across. The fruits become red at maturity mostly during late summer. Red Raspberry can be cultivated at home but can also be often found in habitats that are open and disturbed.
There are several medicinal uses of Red Raspberry that you should be knowledgeable about. Below is a highlight of some of those medicinal uses:
- Treatment of eye problems
- Prevention of diarrhea.
- Curing ulcers that often occur in the mouth.
- Detoxification of the body
- There are also certain ways through which the Red Raspberry can be used in easing child birth
- Red Raspberry is also a tonic for prostate gland.
- The Red Raspberry fruit is also very effective in fighting scurvy
- Inducing Urination
It is always advisable that before you try out using Red Raspberry for any of the conditions highlighted above, you should make sure that you see a doctor or a professional health practitioner for advice. The reason for this is that, there are various ways through which the Red Raspberry should be used depending on the medical condition of the individual.
Dosage and Administration
With the variety of the medicinal uses of Red Raspberry, you have to take note of the fact that there is always a variation in the dosage and administration. However, for some of the health conditions that are closely related, the dosage and administration can be same.
In most occasions, Red Raspberry is used in the form of herbal tea. After making the herbal tea, it should be administered to the patient in cups. It is recommended that the patient should take just one cup of Red Raspberry per day. Besides, the dosage should be continued for a period of about just ten days and then stopped. The patient can take a break of about five days before continuing with dosage.
For cases of acute infections like colds and flu, the patient can take about three cups per day. However, this dosage should not be continued beyond four days. Before pregnancy, the recommended dosage should be 2 cups per day. Pregnant women should also begin using Red Raspberry within the last three months of their pregnancy to help in toning their uterine muscles.
The parts of the Red Raspberry that are recommended for use are the leaves and the fruits or the berries. However, even the roots of the plant can be used at certain times. The leaves and the berries are the ones that are used for making the herbal tea. When using the leaves and berries in making herbal tea, pick fresh ones from the plant and put in boiling water. Let the infusion stand in the boiling water for about five minutes then you can strain the infusion and drink. However, the leaves can also be dried and kept for use in future.
The Red Raspberry is a great herbal remedy that has got several benefits. Some of them are as follows:
- Can be used by women who are just about to give birth in reducing labor pain hence easing child birth.
- Used in washing away toxins from the body.
- Red Raspberry is also very effective in the treatment of mouth ulcers and wounds.
- The herb can also help in the prevention of diarrhea, flu, coughs and sore throats.
- Red Raspberry is also effective in replenishing blood that is low on iron.
Currently, there are no significant side effects that can be experienced by those who have used Red Raspberry. However, it should be noted that excessive use of the plant may have certain negative implications on an individual. It is therefore advisable that you consult a doctor each time that you are planning to use Red Raspberry.
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