• Learning Herbs: Red Raspberry Leaf

    by  • January 1, 2013 • Learning Herbs Series, Natural Fertility Series • 9 Comments

    Raspberry Leaf
    {photo source: jenny-pics}

    Red Raspberry Leaf Herb Profile:

    Latin Name: Rubus idaeus

    Other names: n/a

    Description: This deciduous shrub can grow wild and tall. You may be more familiar with this plant for the tasty fruit (raspberries) that this plant bears during the summer months. Red raspberry bushes have long, woody stems with thorns, small pale leaves and white flowers that bloom in the spring. You can find these plants growing wild or being planted in a domestic garden.

    Parts used: Leaves, fresh or dried. The leaves are almost fluffy when dried. (Though, the berries are tasty and good for you too… but for medicinal purposes, I will focus on the leaves.)

    Medicinal Properties: Who doesn’t enjoy a fresh, ripe raspberry, but did you know that the leaf is actually the most nutritious part of the whole raspberry plant? Red raspberry leaves are chock full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, manganese, iron and niacin. This is one of the reasons this herb is one of the most recommended herbs for women’s health. Red raspberry leaf is known to tone the uterus before and during pregnancy as well as being helpful during and after childbirth. The tannins in this herb are helpful for curbing diarrhea and morning sickness and the ferulic acid works as a uterine relaxant. Many women drink a red raspberry tea to reduce inflammation and pain during menses.

    Not only is red raspberry leaf a fantastic herb for women, it also has astringent, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a great herb to use when a sore throat occurs, just gargle some of the tea. Some of the properties work together to heal burned skin by causing proteins to cross-link and strengthen during the healing process, creating a strong protective barrier. Also, this herb may work for children that wet the bed… just as it helps to tone uterine muscles, red raspberry leaf can help strengthen and tone the pelvic muscles.

    Common (therapeutic) uses: Bed Wetting, Colds, Coughing, Cramps, Eye Inflammation, Fertility, Fever, Flu, Hemorrhoids, Inflammation, Intestinal Concerns, Induced Labor, Menstrual Pains, Morning Sickness, Nausea, Oral Inflammation, PMS, Pregnancy, Purify Blood, Sore Throat, Toning Uterus, Tonsillitis, Uterine Bleeding and more…

    Image Courtesy of Bulk Herb Store

    Medicinal Forms: Here are a few ways to use/apply raspberry leaves:

    External:

    • Salve
    • Liniment
    • Herbal Bath/Soak

    Internal:

     

    Precautions: This herb is generally safe to use for children and adults, including before, during and after pregnancy. However, if you haven’t consumed prior to conceiving, wait until the third trimester before consuming, or do so under the supervision of a professional.

    Where to find: Red Raspberry Leaf can be found at most health food stores or online as a “tea”. I like to make my own using loose, dried leaves from Bulk Herb Store. You could also gather your own leaves if you had a red raspberry bush growing in your yard. :)

    Resources:

    • The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook by James A Duke, Ph.D.
    • The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B White M.D., Steven Foster
    • Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar
    • The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy by Shonda Parker
    p.s. Grateful to participate in these link-ups: Teach Me Tuesday, Domestically Divine, Show Me What You Got, Whole Food Wednesdays, Healthy 2day Wednesdays, Wildcrafting Wednesdays, Works for Me Wednesdays, Adorned From Above

    About

    Jasmine is a God-fearing, always-learning, stay-at-home-wife to the best husband in the world! In the past couple of years, her new found loves have become herbal fix ‘ems and things “all natural”! She is continually learning to slow down, enjoying the important, simple things in life…like naturally taking care of her home, husband and health. She really enjoys creating things “home-made” and showing others how to do the same! You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

    http://www.thymeandtimber.com

    9 Responses to Learning Herbs: Red Raspberry Leaf

    1. Darcy
      January 2, 2013 at 4:37 am

      I never knew it was good for bed wetting. Do you know where I can look to find dosage for helping with that? I have a few girls who still struggle with that at night.

      • January 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Though there is no “exact” in herbal medicine, I generally cut an adult dose in half or about a third for a child (depending on the size). A typical dosage recommendation you may find for adults is 1-2 teaspoons per cup of hot water for tea up to 6 x daily or 1-2 teaspoons of liquid extract up to 3 x daily. Hopefully that helps you determine a dose for your children.
        Remember, less is sometimes more for herbal medicine. So start at a lower dose and work your way up until you see the results you are looking for. Red raspberry leaf is a safe herb, so don’t stress about overdosing on this one.

    2. January 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Thanks for sharing, there are so many wonderful plants out there.By chance are you on Herb Mentor?

      • January 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        Joyce… Thanks for stopping by. I am not on Herb Mentor, but it sounds like something to look into! :)

    3. January 3, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Red raspberry leaves are one of my favorite herbs. :) Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! :)

    4. January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesdays!

      I would love to have you also share your posts on The HomeAcre Hop!
      http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/01/the-homeacre-hop-2.html

    5. January 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Hi Mrs Bass and Happy New Year! Thank you for your submission on Seasonal Celebration Wedensday at Natural Mothers Network! I used Raspberry Leaf tea during pregnancy and was convinced it helped my experience of labour.
      Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you are the featured post!

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    7. Jordan
      January 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      I started taking Red Raspberry after having some extremely painful (hospital worthy) menstrual cycles and being determined to treat them naturally. Now, after 6 months, I am overjoyed to say that this last cycle was pain free. And I have never been able to say that!!!
      I started taking Red Raspberry capsules daily for 2 weeks, then twice daily a week before and during my cycle. I also try to drink 1-2 quarts of Red Raspberry Tea daily.
      The first few months I couldn’t really tell a difference, but I was not very diligent about it either. When my mindset changed, and I was diligent, my results changed. I was actually able to get out of bed on day 2 instead of day 4 or 5, which was a huge deal to me!
      Last month was the best cycle I had in a very long time. Just a little discomfort, but I was not complaining! And now, 6 months since starting my journey with Red Raspberry, I have no symptoms. Praise the LORD for creating plants that heal our bodies from the inside out!
      Now it’s time to plant some of my own so I never run out!

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