Medicinal Plants: Wild Strawberries
Wild Strawberry is a relaxing and soothing medicinal plant. Throughout history, wild strawberries were used for several different stomach ailments, and also jaundice.
Throughout history, wild strawberries were used for several different stomach ailments, and also jaundice. Over the years, the wild strawberries use was forgotten, until recent years when aromatherapy became popular again.
The wild strawberry is found in North America. Today native plants and plants from Europe can be found in forest, on sandy beach edges and relatively warm climates. The wild strawberry grows to be about eight inches tall. The leaves, berries and roots are used for therapeutic purposes.
The leaves, root and fruit can be used to reduce inflammation, sooth gastritis and can also help in curing anemia. There are several ways of administration. It can be used as a tea, as a gargle, in a soothing bath or as a poultice for sunburns and other skin inflammations.
To use as a tea: Add one gram wild strawberry root parts to about 1/2 cup of cold water, heat and allow to steep for thirty minutes. Drink two cups daily before meals for upset stomach and diarrhea relief.
To reduce inflammation of mucous membranes in the mouth: Add 1/3 cup chopped wild strawberry leaves to 3/4 cup boiling hot water, steep for thirty minutes. Rinse and gargle several times a day.
Wild strawberry can create a soothing and relaxing bath by adding two handfuls fresh or one cup dried leaves to your bathwater.
To create a wild strawberry poultice for sunburns or other skin inflammations, apply crushed strawberries to sunburned area, cover with a damp cloth. Let the poultice stand for ten to twenty minutes. Then remove and wash off berries with warm water.