Mar 1, 2010

MMH: From the Lab ~ Red Raspberry Leaf

Raspberry Leaf, also known as Red Raspberry is a member of the Rosaceae family (rose family), native to England. The botanical name Rubus idaeus comes from the latin words Rubus: latin for "red", and Idaeus: latin for Ida. Ida is the name of a mountain in Phrygia where this plant grew abundantly.

Raspberry is a perennial herb, with red, succulent berries. It has a creeping root system and pinnate serrated leaves. The leaves are collected just before the plant flowers, the fruit is harvested when ripe and the roots are collected in the fall. The whole plant can be used.

Raspberry leaf is well known as a female tonic, and for its emmenagogue properties. Emmenagogues tone the entire reproductive system and help to normalize a sparse or excessive menstruation. The leaves contain the alkaloid, fragine, which has a calming effect on the uterine and pelvic area. Red Raspberry helps to prepare for childbirth and tone up the reproductive area after childbirth.

Raspberry leaf also contains astringent properties due to its tannic acid content. The astringent properties make it an effective herb on soft tissues and reducing the discharge of blood or mucous. It has a calming effect on the stomach and bowel areas. Nearly all astringents coagulate albumin, tone up relaxed muscle fibers and contract arterioles and capillaries.

Red Raspberry
Raspberry Leaf is high in:
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Niacin
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C

Remember to always check with your health care provider before using herbs during pregnancy.

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