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What To Do With Red Raspberry Leaves

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What Do I Do With Red Raspberry Leaves?

Wild red raspberry (Rubus idaeus), leaves are a tasty and nutritive herb. Red raspberry fruits are a familiar treat for every child who has had the chance to walk in the country on a hot summer's day. The leaves are flavorful and abundant, picked from early summer until fall and simply dried until they crumble. The resulting product is used for a delicious tea, either hot or iced, tinctured for diarrhea and a supportive herb for a woman's reproductive system.

How Do I Grow A Red Raspberry Bush?

Grow red raspberry bushes in full sun.The do require moist soil so be sure that you can keep the area watered thoroughly if needed. They are a perennial plant that requires a little planning since they will not be moved once placed in the ground. Take the time to find an area that could become full of the sprawling , prickly canes of the raspberry bush. With proper care, raspberry bushes will grow to be at least 6 feet high.

Pruning your raspberry bush is essential for a healthy plant. You must keep the bush trimmed in order for it to provide the most leaves for you to harvest. Here is how to prune a raspberry bush properly.

Another idea would be to harvest your own red raspberry leaves from the wild bushes that are found on old country trails and along streams and woods. You can pick as many leaves as you can carry without making much of a dent in a wild berry patch. These leaves will shrivel to a much smaller amount so always pick more than you think you will need.

How Else Can I Use Red Raspberry Leaves?

Red raspberry leaves are a wonderfully soothing and healing remedy for a canker sore. Moisten a teaspoon of red raspberry leaves with warm water until they make a soft clump. Place these moistened leaves onto the canker and hold it there as long as you can. This remedy will soothe the area and by the next day you may find that it is almost healed! This is a tried and true remedy in our home.

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