Raspberry is a semi-shrub that bears fruit mainly at the end of summer. This is a berry loved by everyone since childhood, which, in addition to excellent taste, has a number of useful properties. One of them is the healing effect of coughing.
In folk medicine, it has been used for a long time as an effective remedy that has practically no side effects and contraindications. Moreover, the usefulness of the plant is not lost when dried or frozen.
Healing properties and effectiveness for any type of cough
The beneficial properties of raspberries are determined by the substances it contains. First of all, this is salicylic acid, which is known as an excellent antipyretic agent and is included in the main composition of drugs that lower the temperature.
In this case, you need to know that you cannot be treated with raspberries in parallel with taking aspirin or other means to relieve fever.
Another useful ingredient is folic acid, or vitamin B9. The plant also contains other organic acids that have antioxidant, antiseptic and diaphoretic effects, stimulate cell regeneration, and improve blood composition.
Vitamins A, C, E, PP and others, as well as minerals, strengthen the immune system so that the body can successfully fight colds, promote the production of antibodies and protect the mucous membranes.
Copper helps relieve depression, which often develops during long-term illness.
The tannins and astringents contained in the leaves of the plant have bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties, improve the expectoration of mucus. These components also eliminate internal bleeding and intestinal disorders.
Useful trace elements, vitamins and medicinal substances are found in all parts of the plant: berries, leaves, stems, roots.
From all of the above, we can conclude about the following healing properties of raspberries:
- soothing cough;
- relieves the symptoms of a common cold:
- relieving chills;
- strengthening the immune system, supporting the body’s defenses.
Raspberry not only helps to treat different types of cough, but also has a positive effect on diseases such as bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, tracheitis, asthma, ARVI.
For home treatment, all parts of the plant are used: inflorescences, fruits, stems, leaves, roots. In any case, it is necessary to observe the proportions during preparation, follow the recommendations and be aware of some of the rules.
The first is that raspberry-based products are used before bed. It helps to restore the body, so the beneficial effects of drugs are enhanced.
The second rule prohibits going outside or being in a draft after taking medications. It should be noted that during the treatment with raspberries, sweating increases, therefore, when exposed to cold, the painful condition may worsen.
It is necessary to pay special attention to the raw materials for the preparation of medicinal products. In no case should there be signs of illness, various insects on it. All components must be thoroughly washed before preparation.
If it is not possible to grow raspberries on your site, then you need to buy it from trusted people. It is important that it does not contain nitrates, which are not only harmful to the body, but also reduce the beneficial properties of the plant.
Contraindications to the use of raspberries
With all the useful properties of the plant, there are still some limitations for its use.
But there are not many contraindications. It:
- individual intolerance (the occurrence of allergic reactions);
- some diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
- diabetes mellitus, regardless of the type and stage of the disease;
- jade, kidney stones;
- taking drugs that slow down blood clotting.
During pregnancy during lactation, raspberries are not prohibited for women, unless there are individual contraindications.
Common folk recipes
A well-known and popular remedy for coughs and colds is raspberry jam. It is a versatile folk remedy that is ideal for children.
It can be stored year-round and used in the absence of fresh fruit. The recipes for making raspberry jam are different.
Here is some of them:
- Berries and sugar are taken in equal proportions, mixed and left in a container until the raspberries let out the juice (about an hour). Then the jam is brought to a boil, boiled for about five minutes, turned off and left for 8 hours. This procedure must be repeated three times. Arrange in banks and roll up.
- A variant of raw jam: for part of the berries you need to take two parts of sugar, grind everything with a blender. Divide into tightly rolled jars and store in a cool place without exposure to sunlight. Thus, you can make jam from frozen fruits.
Raspberry tea is also useful, which can be given even to a child. To prepare it, the leaves are washed and filled with boiling water.
You need to insist the drink for about half an hour. The leaves can be used both fresh and dried or purchased from the pharmacy.
Raspberry branches are also brewed, which must first be cleaned. They are poured with steep boiling water at the rate of a tablespoon of raw materials per glass of water, boiled for about 15 minutes.
The infusion time is an hour and a half. This infusion with honey is especially useful.
For adults, raspberry tincture with vodka is excellent for coughing. For its preparation, fresh berries are poured into a liter jar and poured with alcohol or vodka.
This product is stored in the refrigerator in a container with a tightly closed lid. It is contraindicated to use during pregnancy and lactation.
Raspberries are an excellent cough suppressant. It is noteworthy that all parts of the plant are used and in any form (fresh, dried, frozen).