Soothe Your Throat Irritations by Making a Natural Mouthwash Using Red Raspberry Leaf
Edited by Jerry Rivers, Robbi, Lynn, Ermin
The red raspberry bush grows abundantly in all of Canada and the United States. Yet, with all of its abundance, many North Americans are still not aware of its many health benefits. It makes a great tasting tea, which can also be used as a natural mouthwash to soothe an irritated throat.
Among of the benefits is that, if you are pregnant, it also relieves "morning sickness" and actually can aid an expectant mother in all stages of pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf is not recommended while breastfeeding. Nor is it recommended for small children or those with diabetes. Other than these exceptions, it is a tasty tea and a potent mouthwash with many medicinal uses as well.
Facts About Red Raspberries:
Red raspberry leaf is the leaf of the red raspberry plant, which has been used for medicinal purposes since old times. It has so many health benefits good for women. It has rich sources of iron, potassium, B vitamins and magnesium that help treat nausea, soothe muscle cramps, and improve sleeping habits, especially during pregnancy. Four months before delivery, women should stop drinking red raspberry leaf tea.
Red raspberry leaf tea also contains vitamin C, which helps in killing bacteria and warding them off from spreading in the body. It has powerful phenolic antioxidants, such as tannins, flavonoids, and anthocyanin properties. These are antioxidants that can help prevent free radicals and other harmful substances, which may cause oral health problems, such as inflammation in the mouth and sore throat.
As a mouthwash, it can definitely eliminate bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath, gingivitis, and tooth decay. It is no wonder that many people use a natural mouthwash that contains red raspberry. The taste is bearable and not pungent, so you can gargle with it as many times as you want, without the tingling sensation in the mouth. However, be careful, as tannins found in red raspberry leaves can affect the absorption of dietary nutrients, like iron, calcium, and magnesium.
How to Make a Soothing Natural Mouthwash Using Red Raspberry Leaf
- A fine mesh sieve
- A pot
- Bring 8 oz. of water to a boil in a pot.
- Drop 3 tsp. of either chopped fresh or dried raspberry leaves into 8 oz. of boiling water.
- Let the mixture boil for several minutes.
- Throw away any solid pieces after boiling, using a fine mesh sieve.
- Allow the red raspberry mouthwash to cool, and then use it like any mouthwash.
- A pot
- A fine mesh sieve
- Place 3 heaping tsp. of chopped raspberry leaves into 8 oz. of boiling water.
- Let it boil for several minutes.
- Pour the contents through a strainer into a cup until it is full.
- Cover the cup in some way, and let it steep for a few minutes.
- Add stevia, a healthy natural sweetener, to taste, if you want to sweeten your red raspberry tea.
- You can drink or gargle/swish this strong red raspberry tea. This can help ward off bacteria in the mouth.
In this section, you will be using a red raspberry liquid extract. You can buy one at supermarkets or local drugstores. Follow the steps below on how to make a mouthwash with the extract:
- Add 3 tsp. of the extract into a 1/2 cup of water and mix well.
- Gargle or swish four times daily. You will feel the effects after doing so.
Tips & Warnings
- Other uses of red raspberry: Use the mouthwash recipe also on your skin to treat most skin irritations. It actually tightens the epidermis or the top layer of your skin. It soothes itchy skin quickly and effectively with no side effects, if used topically.
- Special cautions: Raspberry leaf is not for infants, nursing mothers, or diabetics. It can cause adverse effects.
- Effects on those with diabetes: If you have diabetes, avoid drinking red raspberry leaf tea. The risk is that, even if red raspberry leaf tea does not contain any forms of sweetener, it can lower blood sugar levels according to the doctors.
- Medicinal interactions: If you are taking certain medications, be aware of the side effects and medicinal interactions with red raspberry. It can affect the absorption of commonly used drugs, such as tranquilizers, anti-depressants, and sedatives.
Categories : Physical Health
Recent edits by: Lynn, Robbi, Jerry Rivers