Strawberry leaf has a mild, fruity flavor and is one of the highest sources of naturally occurring Vitamin C available. Over 75 years of medical research and clinical practice reveals, overwhelmingly, that vitamin C can cure over 30 major diseases. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, which is a main structural protein in our bodies. It provides support to our tissues, including strengthening our blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, bone, and teeth.
It is rich in tannins, contains vitamin C and other vitamins and trace minerals; along with antioxidant flavonoids, caffeic acid, iron and calcium. Strawberry leaves contain iron, calcium and vitamin C, all of which are important for the health and maintenance of many different body functions.
Health Benefits of Strawberry Leaves
Help Prevent and Fight Cancer
The ellagitannin content of strawberries has actually been associated with decreased rates of cancer death. In one study, strawberries topped a list of eight foods most linked to lower rates of cancer deaths among a group of over 1,000 elderly people. Those eating the most strawberries were three times less likely to develop cancer compared to those eating few or no strawberries.
Help with Gastritis
It has been found that strawberry leaves contain antioxidant property and phenolic compound, which makes it an ideal ingredient used in home remedies for gastritis.
- Add a tablespoon of strawberry leaves in a cup of hot water.
- Let it steep for some minutes then strain
- Use the solution to consume 2-3 times daily
Help with Arthritis and Rheumatism
It is said that caffeic acid, being a natural diuretic, helps to pull water from your joints, which can alleviate the pain and swelling caused by arthritis and rheumatism.
Laxative or diuretic
Strawberry leaves contain malic and citric acids, sugar, mucilage, pectin, woody fibre and water. These properties make the leaves a great laxative. Make a tea from the leaves and drink at least eight ounces of it every three hours until you see results.
Improve Skin Complexion and Texture
Egyptians are known to use wet strawberry leaves to improve their complexion and texture. Strawberry leaves contain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is one of the top active ingredients in most any acne treatments because it works to get rid of dead skin cells that clog your pores, minimizes the size of pores and gives your face a fresher and more radiant glow.
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.