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Raspberry is not just a pretty, fragrant and sweet berry, but a constituent of a unique plant virtually every part of which has healing properties - buds, roots, leaves and of course berries.
There are over 600 types of raspberries ranging from wild small deep red berries to cultivated raspberries of red, white, black and golden yellow or even white color. The wild or forest raspberry grows on sunny parts of forests, hills and near the roads. The higher the places where raspberry grows the sweeter and more aromatic and more valuable are the berries. Although cultivated raspberries are bigger and easier to harvest, still it does not compare with its wild relative in its medicinal properties and concentration of active components.
Raspberry has two close relatives - blackberries and cloudberries.
Raspberries have been known and used as food and medicine as early as during the times of ancient Greeks and Romans and by early Slavic tribes. The name Rubus Idaeus is believed to be derived from the place on the island of Crete, where raspberries have grown in abundance - on Mount Ida. For a long time raspberries were used only as a wild plant.
In the rest of Europe the first raspberry shrubs appeared in the XVI century, when they were cultivated mainly in monastery gardens.
By the middle ages, the berries, besides being used as food and medicine, were widely used in art, particularly for painting.
Asia, South Europe
Raspberries are one of the main natural anti-fever and anti-cold remedies. During the brutal Russian winter, raspberry jam is used in every household to treat colds and flu for all members of the family, including very small children. Just a couple of spoonfuls of raspberry together with tea or hot water will promote sweating and flush out toxins. This action is due to the high concentration of natural citric acid, which is easily absorbed by the body.
Besides colds, raspberries help to treat a number of serious conditions, including anemia, hypertonia, stomach and kidney conditions.
Another unique quality of raspberries is a very high concentration of ellagic acid. This is a naturally occurred phytochemical serving to protect plants from harmful bacteria, heavy metal poisoning and various infections. Since the early 1990’s research has found that for humans ellagic acid offers health benefits too, particularly in prevention of cancer.
Both berries and leaves contain this acid, so eating raspberries or drinking tea or raspberry leaves infusion is very good for health.
Both berries and their leaves (as an infusion) are beneficial for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Raspberry leaves are known to enhance fertility. Nourishing minerals and vitamins in the leaves help to tone internal organs and pelvic muscles for women.
Raspberries are packed with magnesium and several key vitamins and minerals - vitamins C, B, E, PP, folic acid, citric acid, iron, potassium, calcium, pectin and high content of tannins as well as fructose. All these amazing compounds contribute to skin’s elasticity, toning and enhance skin brightness and color. The main actions of raspberries on skin are astringent, anti-septic and tonic.
Raspberries are great for oily skin. Due to high concentration of acids, they help to balance greasy skin and normalize sebum secretion.
Ellagitannins and high concentration of vitamin C in seeds of raspberries are responsible for antioxidant activities and able to reduce age spots and protect skin from sun damage or heal it in result of sunburn. So look for aftersun or sun block products containing raspberry extracts.
These nourishing berries are suitable for sensitive skin, smoothing it and brightening complexion.
Fruits: fruit acids, B-complex vitamins, provitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium.
Seeds: approx. 22–25% oil.
Seed oil: high unsaturated fatty acid content, linoleic acid (47–63%), linolenic acid (25–40%), vitamin E, carotenoids.
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2 table spoons of fresh raspberries
2 table spoons of fresh plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon of honey
Mix all the ingredients and and apply evenly on the face for 15 minutes for balanced and glowing skin!