Beautiful red raspberries are possibly one the most loved fruits, sweet, full of antioxidants & incredibly pretty; just looking at them makes you happy!
Most people have heard of raspberry leaf and its relation to pregnancy, but this amazing leaf has a lot more to offer. Raspberry leaves are high in carotenoids, citric acid and tannins. This amazing herb is rich in Vitamins A, B Complex (including niacin B3) C & E. It also has amazingly high nutrient levels that are easily absorbed into the body, containing Iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, silica, magnesium, manganese, selenium & fragarine.
Raspberry leaf is Astringent. This assists the contraction and shrinkage of internal and external body tissues; helping to prevent haemorrhage or excessive bleeding. It contracts tissues and blood canals, which is great for healing wounds, ulcers and reducing bleeding. Drinking this herbs amazing properties can aid in healthy digestive function, decrease water retention, & can be a tonic for the liver. It internally purifies the blood, cleanses, detoxifies & refreshes the system, absorbing water, tightening tissues and drying fats.
It is an amazing herb for fertility and pregnancy and is beneficial for pre-conception, pregnancy and postnatal.
The Raspberry Leaf is packed full of vitamins, minerals and plant compounds that help the body to detoxify excess hormones and aid in fertility in both men and women. It helps nutritional deficiency and poor egg health whilst toning and strengthening the uterus for a healthy pregnancy.
Through the strengthening of the uterine walls, whilst relaxing the muscles in the uterus, improves the chances of implantation and decreases the chance of miscarriages. The toning of the muscles has also shown to reduce pain during labor and aid in recovery after birth, whilst passing on beneficial nutrients through breast milk.
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Dandelion, yes, the weed!
This pesky little plant is a powerhouse of health, can be used in food and herbal medicine and can grow pretty much any where. Just make sure it is a healthy plant, that is not carrying any pesticides or nasties, otherwise opt for an organic dried alternative.
You can eat Dandelion leaves, roots and flowers. They have a slightly bitter flavour but can be less bitter if picked during autumn or spring. Cooking can remove some of the bitterness, but they are also beautiful raw in salads, or add them to a smoothie in place of kale.
Dandelion contains more protein than spinach, is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into Vitamin A. It is also rich in fiber, vitamin C, Iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. It also contains vitamin D, organic sodium, all your B complex vitamins and trace minerals.
This plant is pretty much a complete multi-vitamin in itself.
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