Using Berries to Heal: Mulberry & Raspberry


During the 16th century, the mulberry has been used in medicine, as the bark, berries, and the leaves of the black mulberry were used to treat a variety of medical ailments. The berries soothed inflammation and stopped bleeding, while the bark combated toothaches. There is also a white mulberry that is still used in China to treat coughs, colds, and high blood pressure. It is also viewed as a yin tonic. To get the most of the mulberry, the berries should be harvested when ripe. The leaves are best harvested in the summer.

Mulberries are used to create a tincture that revitalizes the blood. Simply eating the fresh fruit can improve your health. When crushed, the fresh berries create a mouthwash or gargle that satisfies the symptoms of sore throats and mouth ulcers. The leaves of the mulberry plant make infusions that treat colds and chills. When combined with the elderflower or mint, the power elevates. Mulberry decoctions made of the leaves treat colds. Syrup is also made from this decoction for coughs.

Mulberry twigs can make a decoction that treats rheumatic pains within the upper body. You may also combine the twigs with herbs like Siberian ginseng in order to receive better results. The root bark can treat the lungs, asthmas, and create a diuretic to soothe the symptoms of edema. When using mulberries as a treatment for diarrhea you should refrain from consuming any other fruits at the time. If your lungs feel weak, do not use the leaves or the bark. Sometimes, a “cold” feeling in the lungs is detected.


The raspberry vinegars that come from the raspberry plant can also turn into a remedy for coughs and sore throats. The leaves of the plant create infusions that combat diarrhea. A poultice with raspberries treats hemorrhoids. If you rely on the raspberry leaf tea, childbirth will seem like a breeze.

The leaves of the raspberry plant are used either fresh or dry, but are best harvested in the summertime, just before the fruit turns ripe. The berries are then later harvested in the late summer in order to treat indigestion and rheumatism. When making the juice, you will find that it has a cooling effect that works well in treating fevers, and childhood disease. Cystitis also responds to the colorful raspberry juice.

Use the leaves of the raspberry plant to create an infusion that ease childbirth. You can take this remedy at one-cup doses during the last six to eight weeks of pregnancy. The leaves also combat menstrual discomfort, mild diarrhea, mouth ulcers, and sore throats. A tincture made of the leaves is more astringent and can treat wounds and inflammation. A mouthwash made with the tincture battle inflammations of the gums and ulcers. A wash consisting of raspberry leaves can sooth eyes, as well as battle varicose ulcers and sores. The berries are turned into vinegar that is thick and red, where the perfect gargle emerges for sore throats.