Raspberry Leaves

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Raspberry Leaves

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Pregnant women in Europe, China and North and South America have taken raspberry leaf tea for hundreds of years.

Many of the old herbals recommend taking raspberry leaf tea throughout the pregnancy. Although considered safe, modern advice normally advocates starting in the 32nd week at a dosage of around three cups of tea per day and finishing one week after the birth.

Henry Box, a 19th century herbalist, said, "A tea made from red raspberry leaves is the best gift God ever gave to Woman." The properties of red raspberry leaves include:

Alterative: Helps alter the course of disease by restoring healthy bodily functions.

Antiabortive: Aids mothers in avoiding miscarriage by helping prevent uterine spasms (Lancet, II:6149:1).

Antiseptic: Helps prevent infection by inhibiting microorganisms.

Astringent: Helps tighten and contract tissue and blood vessels.

Homeostatic: Helps stop excess bleeding.

Parturient: Facilitates the birth process.

Tonic: Promotes healthy tone. In this case, raspberry leaves help the kidneys, adrenals, liver, uterus and mucous membranes.

Raspberry leaves are a rich source of calcium and magnesium. The magnesium content is especially helpful in strengthening the uterine muscles. They're also a rich source of iron and manganese and contain B vitamins and vitamin  E. The minerals selenium, sulphur, potassium and phosphorus are also found in small amounts. Constituents also include organic acids (90 % of which is citric acid), volatile oils, tannic acid and malic acid.

Raspberry leaf is helpful during pregnancy for a number of reasons. Calcium and magnesium nourish the baby's developing skeletal system. These same nutrients can help prevent leg cramps in the mother, and the easy-to-assimilate iron helps prevent anaemia. An alkaloid called fragarine is believed to contribute to raspberry's tonic properties on the smooth muscles of the uterus. Tannic acid also contributes to the tonic properties.

Raspberry leaves are said to help; relieve morning sickness (especially when combined with a little peppermint leaf , chamomile, or ginger root); prevent spotting and miscarriage; reduce hypertension; reduce false labour;  reduce childbirth pain, decrease risk of postpartum haemorrhaging; lessen uterine swelling and increase colostrum in mothers' milk. Raspberry leaves also contain raw materials that help the body produce its own oestrogen.

Raspberry leaves help can help to alleviate menstrual cramps, curb menstrual flow and can be used as a douche. In addition, raspberry can help with children’s diarrhoea, and fevers, and a gargle can help with tonsillitis.

To make a cup of raspberry leaf tea infuse a heaped teaspoon in boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and sweeten with honey if necessary. The taste is mildly bitter and astringent but pleasant, and the tea contains no caffeine. The sweetened tea can be frozen in ice-cube trays and given during labour to prevent the mouth becoming dry.

For those who don't want to drink tea, tablets, capsules and tinctures are available

Continuing with raspberry leaf after childbirth helps decrease uterine swelling and cuts down on postpartum bleeding. Inflammation is reduced, spasms are prevented, and tissue repair is promoted.

Traditional actions attributed to raspberry leaves: anodyne, antidiarrheal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, blood purifier, choleretic, decreases menstrual flow, depurative, diaphoretic, galactogogue, nutritive, oxytocic, partus preparator (to facilitate labour), prostate gland tonic, reproductive alterative, skin alterative, stimulant, strengthens connective tissues (bones, hair, nails, skin and teeth), tonic, uterine stimulant

Traditional use: anaemia, bleeding gums, bloodshot eyes, canker sores, cardiovascular disease, common cold, conjunctivitis (eye lotion), dermatitis, diabetes mellitus, endometriosis, fever (tea), gastritis, gastrointestinal disorders, gout, hot flushes, inflammation, influenza, leucorrhoea, mastitis, menstrual cramps, menstrual disorders, mild diarrhoea, morning sickness, mouth ulcers, nausea, painful menstruation, respiratory tract disorders, rheumatism, scurvy, skin rash, sore throat, stomatitis, tonsillitis (mouthwash), uterine cramps.

A small number of women experience an increase of frequency/ intensity of Brackston Hicks contractions when taking the tea regularly. If this happens stop taking the tea and check the effect.

Contents: pure raspberry leaves  Rubus ideaus       

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