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Elliott Walks
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My partner had a headache for two days. (Root causes are likely dry air in house and workplace+inadequate hydration, which could have been avoided by going outside more and drikning more, but now we were here and we needed solutions). She cannot take any pain medication (aspirin, tylenol etc.) because it all contains corn. She is still breastfeeding and they are allergic to corn.

I was researching salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin) and its role in triggering a whole plant immune response to localized pathogen exposure in relation to this thread: http://www.permies.com/t/44604/plants/rooting-hormone-organic
I found out that unripe raspberries contain salicylic acid. raspberry leaf tea is safe to drink, so I figured what if I took some unripe raspberries that have been freeze dried on the cane for some months now and make a tea out of them. I used three berries for one mug (250 mL). I could not find any information on drinking raspberries as opposed to the leaves, but she was willing to give it a shot. Her headache was gone within half an hour. The taste was mildly sweet and had the essence of raspberry in it. I don't recommend drinking it if you do not need to since regular use of salicylic acid can affect gut health. Of course the root causes should always be addressed first.

Has anybody else used unripe raspberries as medicine? Is there something else besides salicylic acid that should not be consumed? I have eaten unripe raspberries (to see if I could incorporate them into dishes that I was working on while I was employed as a chef) with no observed negative health effects.
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Unripe overwintering raspberries: a potential source of pain relief medicine
 
Shaz Jameson
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Woah, this is an amazing discovery!!!

I'm afraid I don't know regarding your specific questions, but raspberry leaf tea is excellent for all things uterine, lady's holidays, menstrual cramps, and if your partner is breastfeeding it'll probably help her heal too.

Salicylic acid is also an excellent skincare ingredient, anti-acne. I buy conventional face creams with salicylic precisely for this property. Your post has got me conjuring images of walking out to the garden and squishing berries on my face in the most delightful way.

EDIT. Then I looked at the picture and saw that leaves for tea might be hard to come by just yet, but it's good to know...
 
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I didn't try raspberry, but here are the things that can stop my migraines in it's tracks:
1 )600 mg of magnesium (I used magnesium glycinate and magnesium malate, I felt that glycinate worked a bit better).
2) 2 tablsp. Bragg's apple cider vinegar (raw and unfiltered) in a glass of water with some raw honey to make it a bit tastier. This worked for me from several kinds of strong pain.
3) Herbal combinations -you can see specific herbs here http://feltingfun.blogspot.com/2015/07/herbal-pain-relief.html
 
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