Fragaria vesca may be better known under its common names, wild strawberry, alpine strawberry, or woodland strawberry. It is a perennial plant that grows low to the ground. Although many people love the wild strawberry as a food source, other people use the leaves and the fruit for medicinal purposes. People claim it can be used as a diuretic, an astringent, and to treat diarrhea.
The leaves of fragaria vesca typically grow in groups of three. The white flowers turn into red berries or strawberries. Although it is native to Europe and parts of Asia, it can grow almost anywhere in North America as well.
The first reports of fragaria vesca being used for medical purposes came during the Middle Ages. At that time, it was believed to calm and cool the liver, intestines, and stomach. In addition, the leaves and roots were thought to tighten loose teeth and treat gum disease. It is still used in modern times to treat medical ailments.
The leaves of fragaria vesca contain flavanoids, oils, and tannins. As a result of these properties, some homeopathic medicine practitioners believe that they make a good astringent and a diuretic. Because of its use as an astringent, some practitioners use the leaves of fragaria vesca to treat sore throats and to ease the pain associated with minor cuts and burns. In addition, many practitioners recommend that people use the leaves to treat dysentery and diarrhea. The leaves are usually infused with water in the form of tea.
The fruit of fragaria vesca is also believed to be a homeopathic remedy for certain ailments. For example, many practitioners claim it has diuretic and cooling properties. As a result, it is sometimes recommended for people who suffer from tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, and rheumatism.
The wild strawberry is also a popular aid for people wanting to remove plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth, prevent tooth decay, and reduce the likelihood of gingivitis. People are told to add a few drops of a tincture made from the leaves to their gums before they floss. In addition, some people even apply the herb to the gums of their pets to reduce the pet’s bad breath.
As with any homeopathic remedy, it is best to consult with a medical doctor before using fragaria vesca. Some people are allergic to strawberries. Those people should use caution before using any substance made from the leaves or fruit of the plant.