Latin Name: Arbutus unedo
It is, also, known as either “Irish strawberry tree”, or Cain or cane apple (from the Gaelic name for the tree, caithne, or sometimes “Killarney strawberry tree”. Apart from Arbutus unedo it is also known as Arbutus, Strawberry tree, Grecian madrone, Grecian strawberry tree and Greek strawberry tree.
Strawberry leaves are primarily used to relieve gastrointestinal distress and joint pain; they also contain essential minerals and vitamins that may offer a wide range of benefits.
Strawberry leaf tea is most commonly used to improve digestion and balance the acids and bases throughout the digestive tract to relieve symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Strawberry leaves may help alleviate an upset stomach, and reduce symptoms of nausea, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea.
Compounds found in strawberry leaves, such as the natural diuretic caffeic acid, may help pull water out of your joints, which can alleviate pain and swelling associated with conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism.
Strawberry leaves contain trace minerals and vitamins, such as iron, calcium and vitamin C, that are important for the health and maintenance of many different body functions.