What you can use the strawberry leaf for : tea and beauty products
Strawberry Plants can be grown in your own garden or you might find them in the wild
Growing strawberries at home is quite an easy task today.
You can either buy the plant when it is small or buy a full grown plant which you can then plant into to the ground at home.
Whatever method you choose, ensure that the fruit plant has not been sprayed with pesticide.
The reason you don't want this is because if you are going to use the leaves for tea then you don't want chemicals in it.
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Forage for wild strawberries at the weekends
Foraging for wild strawberries
If you decide to not grow your own strawberries, then you could instead start foraging for wild strawberries in your local forest or hedgerows. If you find a good woody area you also might come across blackberries and blue berries.
Remember to pick off the young leaves from the strawberry plant. The best time to start doing this is around late spring or the beginning of early summer.
When you decide to make your own tea it is best to use fresh strawberry leaves or completely dried strawberry leaves.
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Use the strawberry leaves while you are waiting for the fruit to appear
Over the weeks while your waiting patiently for your strawberries to grow did you know you could be using the leaves.
It will take a few weeks before you will see strawberry emerge from your plant, but when you see the little white flowers emerging, then they will soon start coming out.
You can pick the leaves if there is a plentiful supply of them and drink a cup of strawberry tea in the morning with your breakfast.
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Strawberry leaf tea
(If using dried leaves, always grind up in a coffee blender first)
Sugar or Honey
Place a few of the fresh leaves or completely dried leaves into a teapot and pour over boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and then pour. You can add honey or sugar to sweeten the taste to your liking.
This tea is believed to help with many types of internal body ailments such as intestinal sluggishness, liver disease, jaundice, gout and kidney ailments like stones and also is helpful if you suffering from diarrhea.
Use a bath that contains strawberry leaves to help your dogs skin
If your dog has oily skin, you can also use this liquid to bathe them in as the smell is not overpowering and your dog will smell pretty. The scent won't annoy them either as it wouldn't be as strong as a product containing chemicals.
Herbal strawberry bath soak
A few strawberry leaves
Pestle and Mortar or Blender
Pick the leaves off the plant, then place them in the pestle and mortar with the oatmeal. (You can use the blender if you don't have one).
- Next grind the two ingredients together until they form a find power.
Then pour the powder into a muslin bag and tie securely with a ribbon.
Fill the bath with warm water and drop in your muslin bag and let the ingredients incorporate into the water.
This type of bath is helpful if you have any aches and pains you want cured.
Homemade Face Tonic made from strawberry leaves
Fill a spray bottle up with cold water.
Pick a few of the strawberry leaves from the plant and place them inside the bottle. Leave them there for a day or overnight.
Remove these leaves from the bottle the next day before you use the tonic.
Use this tonic everyday on your face to help reduce the likelihood of shine occurring on your face.
© 2011 Sp Greaney
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