Today I am going to share with you the healing properties of wild berries...Using this information, you will be able to harness the healing magic of berries, both wild and cultivated, from all around the world...
So dig into the juicy-ness of berry healing magic!
Healing With Berries Part 1
Rose Hips (rosa canina)~Rose hips are most valued for their vitamin C content. They contain 60 times more than citrus fruits They are also rich in bioflavins, which enhance the body's ability to absorb vitamin C. This vitamin is vital for sustaining life in all your body cells and helps to protect you from infections and illnesses, such as colds and flu. The hips' astringent properties make them a valuable treatment for stomach weakness and diarrhea.
Hawthorn (crataagus monogyna)~This small thorny shrub produces little white-fleshed fruit in a rich red coat. Hawthorn berries are a valuable restorative heart and circulatory tonic. They help to rebuild collagen in the blood vessels, lower cholesterol and remove accumulated plaque.
Excellent fr complaints associated with circulation, hawthorn is used to treat chilblains and varicose veins. It is also a valuable herb for strengthening the heart muscle without causing unwanted side effects, such as increased blood pressure. Hawthorn also supports the nervous system, making it a remedy for nervous tension, insomnia and stress-related disorders.
Strawberry Tree (arbutus unedo)~The warty, red, berry-like fruits of this Mediterranean tree have powerful antiseptic and astringent properties. They are a valuable remedy for urinary infection, especially cystitis. A gargle of the fruit juice is helpful in treating throat infections and as a drink it stems diarrhea.
Strawberry tree berries are generally used in jam or wine. All parts to the plant contain ethyl gllate, which has strong antibiotic activities against the Mycobacteruim bacteria.
****Do not use if you are suffering from any type of kidney disease****
Chinese Wolfberry (lycium chinense)~A Chinese blood tonic, also know as gou qi zi, these berries help to nourish the blood by increasing the absorption of nutrients by the blood cells. Chinese wolfberry also improves circulation and stems bleeding. The berries are cleaning to the kidneys and liver and are believed to protect the liver from environmental toxins. The Chinese take the berries to help failing eyesight.
Chinese wolfberries are rich in vitamin B1, B12 and C; they contain 500 times more vitamin C than an orange and more beta-carotene than carrots. People from the area of Inner Mongolia, to which it is native, are reported to often live past 100 years of age.