Raspberry Leaves (Rubus Idaeus)
The blackberry plant, a perennial shrub endemic to every continent except Australia and Antarctica, produces blackberry leaves, that have been used curatively, since ancient times, especially throughout Europe and Asia.
Today, we know for a fact it is rich in vitamin C and tannins which can boost immunity and heal wounds. When made into a tea, it can help decrease heavy menstrual flow, or relieve diarrhea and cramping, and as a gargle and mouthwash, it can soothe inflammation in the mouth and throat. To treat inflamed or oozing rashes, one could make a decoction of gently boiled blackberry leaves and using a soaked clean cloth in the affected area.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!