Known as the "Woman's Herb"
Traditionally used to help with pregnancy and labor. Red raspberry leaf has been used as a uterine tonic and general pregnancy tea for at least two centuries.
- Commonly used during labor to improve the effectiveness of the uterus.
- Historically uses include prevention of miscarriage, prevention of postdates pregnancy, decrease of comfort in labor, and decrease of morning sickness.
Red raspberry leaves contain fraganine, a plant compound that helps tone and tighten muscles in the pelvic area, which may reduce the menstrual cramping caused by the spasms of these muscles.
- Women's Health
- Increase blood flow to the uterus
- AId the uterine muscle fibers in more organized contraction
- Some research supports the anecdotal evidence of women saying that the leaves help relieve premenstrual symptoms (PMS), such as cramping, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea
- Studies have shown that it can shorten first and second stage of labor
- High antioxidants
- Minerals: potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and iron
- Vitamins: C & B
- Skin (used externally)
- Soothe sunburn
- Oral Health
- Prevents gingivitis of the gums and can help reduce gingivitis
- Alleviate symptoms of gum disease
The tannins in raspberry leaf gives it astringent properties, which make it soothing both internally and externally. Red raspberry leaf is also high in polyphenols, like tannins and flavonoids, which are high in antioxidants, meaning they can neutralize or free the body of harmful radicals that would otherwise damage your cells and increase your risk of conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.