Red Raspberry Leaf Rubus idaeus

It seems as if this beautiful herb was made for fertility:  preconception, during pregnancy, and postpartum. Its vibrant red color and the chalice shape of the fruit evokes imagery of a fertile womb. For centuries, midwives have recommended red raspberry leaf tea for pregnant women. The herb helps quell nausea, a common ailment in pregnancy. Raspberry leaf has an affinity for the womb. It contains fragarine, an alkaloid that simultaneously helps strengthen and relax the uterine and pelvic muscles. One can begin to drink red raspberry leaf tea after the third month of pregnancy. Drink one cup per day in the second trimester and then three cups per day during the third trimester. When combined with the herbs cramp bark and false unicorn root, red raspberry leaf tea is used to prevent miscarriages. Multiple animal studies have shown that raspberry leaf has a relaxing effect on the uterus. Raspberry leaf tea helps reduce the pain of contractions during childbirth and helps shorten the duration of labor. This study showed that “women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a cesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.” In a letter to the Lancet, Dr. Violet Russel wrote, “somewhat shamefully I have encouraged expectant mothers to drink this infusion. In a great many cases labor has been free and easy from muscular spasm.”

Drinking  raspberry leaf tea helps women postpartum have a quick recovery after childbirth. Continue to drink this tea to help strengthen the pelvic tissues. It also helps stimulate production of breast milk. It’s high mineral content helps enrich breast milk as an added bonus! It’s mild, but effective, laxative effect helps constipation which is common in pregnancy and postpartum.

This herb’s hemostatic properties to women suffering from irregular and/or excessive menstruation. It’s relaxing effect on the uterine muscles help relieve menstrual cramping.

The tannins found in the plant make it astringent. This astringent property lends itself for treating diarrhea and dysentery. It also makes a great mouthwash for painful gums and a gargle for sore throats. The astringency helps tone mucous membrane throughout the body, particularly the kidneys and urinary tract. The tea made from red raspberry leaf can be used as a wash for burns and wounds.

Red Raspberry leaf tea is energetically cool which helps reduce fevers. This herb is rich in vitamins and minerals, including: iron, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin, B, and vitamin E. These trace minerals help the body’s connective tissues.  When used in combination with nettle leaf, raspberry leaf tea is used to combat iron deficient anemics.

Because of the plentiful trace minerals found in red raspberry leaf, it is a great tea to drink as a tea throughout the day regardless of your reproductive health concerns. Slightly bitter and energetically cooling, this herb makes a great iced tea (tastes kind of like black tea!).

Disclosure: If you are on prescription medications, please check with your healthcare provider for herb-drug interactions prior to ingesting any herbs.

Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. Please consult with your doctor prior to consuming any herb if you are pregnant or nursing.

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