Herb of The Day: Raspberry Leaf

Raspberry leaf

( Rubus idaeus )

( Rosaccue ( rose family )

Common name is Red Raspberry

The raspberry is a deciduous shrub and the growth is as high as 6 feet. The stems on it is woody with thorns, pale green leaves, white flowers, and edible berries.

The leaves leaves are the part of this plant that is used in herbal medicine. They are a rich source of Vitamin C and contain manganese, iron, and niacin.

Raspberry leaf has been used in folk medicine for 100 of years. It has astringent and stimulant properties and is a popular remedy for many ailments. The most common remedy use for is a uterine tonic. It has the ability to relax tight uterine muscles and tighten relaxed uterine muscles. This has been used to its use as a stimulant at the beginning of labor.

Benefits of raspberry leaf are: Bed wetting, It is a traditional remedy that tones pelvic muscles.

Diarrhea and morning sickness: The leaf contains  tannins which prevents the flow of fluids into the intestines, which makes the stool more solid. Use as a tea 1 or 2 cups to relieve diarrhea without stimulating contractions.

Burns: Raspberry leaf contains tannins which stops burns from oozing. The tannins cause proteins in healing skin to cross link and form a impermeable berrier.

Premenstrual syndrome ( PMS ) Raspberry leaf contains ferulic acid , which is a uterine relaxant, and can help relieve menstrual cramps. At the same time it relaxes the uterus itself, it stimulates the muscles that support the uterus. This allows for easier menstrual flow.

Sore throat: Its astringent properties justify using the tea as a mouthwash and gargle for mouth or thoart inflammation.

Caution: Since raspberry leaf is a uterine stimulant that can hasten childbirth, and should not be used on any regular basis, meaning no more than 2 cups in a single day, or more than twice in any given week during the first trimester of your pregnancy. If you use raspberry leaf during pregnancy do so under the supervision of a physician.




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