Red Raspberry Leaf
Veterinarian Reviewed on June 15, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Red Raspberry Leaf
Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus), the source of Red Raspberry Leaf, belongs to the Rose family: the Rosacease. The Raspberry plant grows wild in huge abundance, desiring a little acidic and humus-rich soil. To have an abundant berry harvest, soil enhancements and tending is needed, but to harvest large quantities of good quality leaves, which is the medicinal part, very little care is needed. The Red Raspberry Leaf is typically harvested in early summer when it is a vibrant green, tender and as an astringent quality.
Red Raspberry Leaf is rich in vitamins, tannins, and minerals. It is used as a tea, as a tincture, and for flavoring or eaten as a raw leaf.
History and Origin
The Red Raspberry Leaf and the raspberry fruit have been used as a medicine for centuries. The earliest documentation on the therapeutic use of Red Raspberry Leaf was written in a book called “The Herbal” in 1957.
Although Red Raspberry Leaf was largely used during pregnancy to support an uncomplicated delivery and as a suitable tissue tone, Red Raspberry Leaf is also exceptional to aid in maintaining the appropriate balance and tone for the whole uterine wall all the way through a woman’s life. Red Raspberry Leaf was not only widely used for women’s health, but it was also used in maintaining general health as a tonic and general adjuvant without the fear of any risks.
Red Raspberry Leaf was traditionally used as an aid in delivery and breastfeeding. It was also widely used as a remedy for common ailments due to its abundant content of minerals, vitamins, and tannins. It was believed that the chemicals in Red Raspberry Leaf might contain antioxidants that facilitate the blood vessels to relax. Raspberry might also make muscles to contract or loosen up, in relation to the dose and the muscle involved. This is the explanation behind Red Raspberry Leaf’s function in aiding labor and delivery.
Red Raspberry Leaf is used for gastrointestinal tract disorders, including diarrhea and stomach pains. It is also used to treat heart problems, fevers, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes; and for respiratory system disorders, including swine flu and the common flu.
Red Raspberry Leaf is also beneficial in promoting urination, sweating, and bile production. Many people are using it for general skin and blood purification. Some women use Red Raspberry Leaf to ease painful periods, morning sickness associated with pregnancy, heavy periods, and in preventing miscarriage, as well as to ease labor and delivery.
Similar to its ancient use, the Red Raspberry leaf is also directly applied to the skin to cure skin rashes and sore throats. In Europe, small quantities of Red Raspberry leaf are a source of natural flavoring in food preparation.
Red Raspberry Leaf has been used for centuries and has been highly recommended as being safe to use during pregnancy. There are no recorded dangerous side- effects with the use of Red Raspberry Leaf. If ever there are side-effects, these are not life- threatening.
Possible side-effects may include mild loosening of bowels and nausea. Several doctors recommend limiting the intake of Red Raspberry Leaf during the first trimester of pregnancy in order to be absolutely safe. One cup per day is allowable, but great responsibility should be observed. Too much Red Raspberry Leaf in the third trimester can cause uterine contractions and early delivery.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan