The leaf of the raspberry plant, raspberry leaf is one of the most commonly consumed herbs in many parts of the world today simply because of its incredible nutrient profile and gentle taste. It has a taste similar to regular types of black tea, only without the caffeine.
Why Use It
The leaf is famous for its benefits for pregnant women, although it also helps women in all stages of their life. It is a rich source of potassium, iron, magnesium, and B-vitamins that make it effective for leg cramps, nausea, and in improving sleep in various stages of pregnancy.
The specific combination of nutrients found in the leaf makes it highly beneficial for a woman’s reproductive system. The pelvic muscles and the uterus are strengthened. According to midwives, a shorter and easier childbirth is made possible as a result.
Raspberry leaf contains tannins. These are responsible for the astringent properties that help soothe the body externally and internally. Making tincture or tea from the leaf and applied topically will help treat eczema, sunburn, and rashes. The tincture is also ideal for the gums, and can treat the symptoms of gum disease or gingivitis. The leaf’s high concentration of vitamin C makes it a good treatment for various common illnesses and an ideal base for homemade energy tonics.
The leaf is also recommended for those with infertility concerns as it can relieve the symptoms of endometriosis and PMS. Although it is believed to be safe for use during pregnancy, it is still best to consult a doctor before using raspberry.
In tea form, the leaf has been used as folk medicine for cold sores, canker sores, and gingivitis for people of all ages; and as treatment for leg cramps, anemia, morning sickness, and diarrhea for pregnant women, as well as a uterine relaxant.
Several years ago, The Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health published results of a study that confirm the tea’s role for shorter labor periods and fewer babies delivered by forceps. Findings in other studies suggest that ingestion of the supplement may help reduce the chances for pre-term and post-term gestation. There are also indications that women who take the leaf might be less prone to artificial membrane ruptures, or have less chance for a C-section or vacuum birth than women who don’t. These are all an indication that drinking raspberry tea is generally beneficial for pregnant women.
Uses of Raspberry Leaf
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Whether taken hot or iced, the tea can help with nausea during the early pregnancy stages. For people with fertility problems, consuming at least three cups a day may prove beneficial. Since its taste is similar to regular tea, it makes a good alternative for regular tea drinkers.
Raspberry Leaf Tincture
Tincture made from the leaves of raspberry tree, when applied externally, is ideal for the skin. A more concentrated form, on the other hand, can be used to alleviate the symptoms of PMS, heavy bleeding, infertility, and various menstrual troubles, when used internally.