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Mineral Rich Red Raspberry Leaves

by Susan on August 20, 2014

Raspberry Red Raspberry leaves (and the sweet fruit!) are nourishing to the entire family.  Don’t just think jam or desserts when you think of raspberries!  Think tonic, minerals, and nutrition.  :)

 

Benefits of red raspberry leaves:

  • helps relieve morning sickness in pregnant ladies.
  • strengthens and tones the uterus in preparation for delivery.
  • relieves PMS symptoms.
  • nourishes the nervous system.
  • fertility enhancer!
  • tones the entire pelvic area in women, especially good for the ovaries.
  • tonic for the prostate gland in men.
  • abundant calcium builds healthy bones, teeth, hair, and nails in the entire family.
  • helps control excessive menstrual bleeding.
  • loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, selenium, potassium…also vitamins B, C, A, and E!  (What doesn’t it have??)

 

Gathered in early summer, the leaves are nearly as fragrant as the fruits themselves.  They grow on the edges of fields, woods, newly cut areas.  The leaves are toothed, generally in 3′s or 5′s, green on top, whitish underneath.  They are a bit prickly but no where near as prickly as their cousin the blackberry!!

collection. raspberry leaf isolated

Lay the leaves on screens in a dry, airy spot, turning them over a couple times per day so that they dry well.

Dried leaves are made into tea or an infusion.  Large amounts can be laxative.  Two cups of tea or infusion per day is sufficient – more if there’s an issue you’re wanting cleared up.

You can tincture the fresh leaves in alcohol, or infuse them in honey or even vinegar (make your own raspberry vinegrette!)

For instructions on making a tincture – click here.

For instructions on making an infusion – click here.

To make infused honey – fill a jar 2/3 full of finely chopped fresh leaves, p0ur raw honey over the top.  Stir to distribute herbs & honey evenly throughout the jar.  Cover, label, and let it sit for at least 6 weeks, more is fine.  Use it as it is or strain through cheesecloth (several layers).  If your honey is not “pourable” – gently heat it until it is.  DO NOT heat it too much or you’ll kill the minerals and nutrients in the raw honey, just barely heat it – it should be just above room temperature – just enough to pour.

To make an herbal vinegar – fill a clean jar 2/3 or so full of chopped fresh leaves, cover with raw apple cider vinegar (not the commercial white stuff!  ACV is loaded with nutrients of its own.).  Use a piece of brown paper to cover the jar because a regular metal canning lid will corrode from the acid in the vinegar.  Leave it for 6 weeks or more, strain, and enjoy!!  :)

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God bless!

 

(Information in this post was gathered from my rather dog-eared copy of Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs by Gail Faith Edwards, Ash Tree Publishing, 2000).  Also my own experiences with the plant!  :)

 

 

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How To Make Herb Infused Oils

by Susan on July 24, 2014

Making infused oils is simple!  These oils can be used in a variety of ways including massage oils, beauty treatments, for use as ear infection treatments, even into healing salves with beeswax.  All you need are fresh herbs, mason jars, olive oil, and 6 weeks time.  :)

 

Wild Rugosa Rose petals infusing in Olive Oil.

Wild Rugosa Rose petals infusing in Olive Oil.

 

 

Gather your herbs during the warmest part of the day.  The dew will be all dried by then.  You DO NOT want any additional moisture on your plant material as this will encourage mold growth.  DO NOT wash the herb for the same reason.  Gather them from clean areas – where the dog or hens have NOT “visited” and you’ll be ok.  :)

 

 

Make sure to use ONLY organic olive oil, not seed based oils.  Seed oils go rancid FAST and you don’t want that.

 

Make sure your jars are clean and dry.  I place mine directly in the sun for an hour or so to be SURE they’re super dry.

 

Calendula & Borage flowers infusing in Olive oil.

Calendula & Borage flowers infusing in Olive oil.

 

 

Cut up your plant material into 2 inch (give or take – not an absolute measurement!) sized pieces, fill jar about 2/3 with plant material.  Pour in olive oil.  COMPLETELY cover the herbs.  Use a wooden spoon or butter knife to gently move the herbs around, thus allowing air to escape.  You don’t want air or added moisture in your jars as mold will result.  Fill the jar nearly to the rim with oil, thus covering the herbs.  Cover, label, and store in a cool, dark spot for 6 weeks.  Some herbalists say to leave these in the sun for 2 weeks….mold will result!!  blech.

 

When the 6 weeks is up, strain the herbs through a piece of cheesecloth…VOILA!  Herb infused oil, ready for use.  Make sure to LABEL it as to what type of herb oil it is, otherwise YOU WON’T REMEMBER whether that jar is Borage oil, Comfrey oil,…or was it Mullein Oil????  :)

 

Some great ideas for oils:

  • St. John’s Wort – pain relief, skin ailments – cold sores, burns, etc., joint pain.
  • Rose – beauty treatment, addition to baths.
  • Borage – fungicide.  Heals athlete’s foot, ringworm, etc.
  • Mullein – ear infections,
  • Plantain – for use as a “drawing salve”, draws out bee venom, infections.
  • Comfrey – also known as “knitbone”.  Encourages rapid cell regeneration.  Skin moisturizer, healing salve.
  • Lemon Balm – skin healing.

 

I make a healing salve with St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Plantain, and Lavender - Just combine about a 1/2 cup of the infused oil(s) with 1 ounce of melted beeswax and a drop or two of Vitamin E oil (preservative).  Melt all together, pour into “tins”…it will cool quickly and then you’ll have a great healing salve for just about any skin ailment!  :)

 

What herbs have you infused or plan to infuse in oil?  Leave me a comment below or on my FB page – http://facebook.com/realsolutionsformoms.  :)

 

 

 

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