The raspberry has been with us since the Stone Age and herbalists value their beneficial effects as a medicinal plant for many centuries. We all know these wonderful little pink berries, but beyond the tasty fruits of this plant, there are numerous benefits you can get from the leaves. Especially when it comes to woman’s health, this should be a staple in your pantry!
The easiest way to consume raspberry leaves is by brewing a tea, but to get the most out of your raspberry leaf, consider brewing it up as an infusion!
A cup of tea has about 5 mg of calcium compared to a cup of raspberry leaf infusion which has 200 to 250 mg of calcium!
PS: pick the fresh leaves (tops) – these contain the highest amounts of nutrients!
How to make an infusion:
– steep about 30g of raspberry leaves in a liter of boiled water for 5-8 hours
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of consuming raspberry leaves:
ESSENTIAL VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Many herbs such as nettle, dandelion leaf, chickweed, and oatstraw are a great source for essential nutrients and therefore can really boost up your diet.
Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus, R. strigosus, R. parviflorus) is another wonderful choice for that!
These herbs, when eaten or made into teas and infusions, have many nutrients that are made easily available to our bodies.
Especially calcium, iron, and magnesium found in raspberry leaf are often the nutrients that women’s bodies need the most.
Furthermore you can find vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E here as well as manganese, niacin, and selenium!
Nutrient content of some of the nutrients found in 30g raspberry leaf:
- 408 mg calcium
- 446 mg potassium
- 106 mg magnesium
- 3 mg iron
- 4 mg manganese
The high iron available from raspberry can assist those dealing with anemia and is especially useful when combined with nettle to help with the depleted energy that so often accompanies anemia!
> MENSTRUAL HELPER
Raspberry is well-known as an uterine tonic. The leaves contain an alkaloid called fragarine which researchers have found helps to simultaneously tone and relax the uterine muscle helping to balance the muscular action of the uterus.
Raspberry also has astringent properties used to tighten lax tissues. The fragarine and astringent effect help tighten and tone uterine and pelvic muscles. It is also used to soothe painful muscle spasms in the uterus, helping to ease menstrual cramping.
> PREGNANCY & FERTILITY SUPPORT
Perhaps the most well-known and beloved of raspberry leaf benefits is for its use during pregnancy. Raspberry leaf can be used to help promote fertility for both women and men (especially helpful when used in combination with red clover).
During pregnancy, the nutritional content of raspberry helps to nourish the mother and baby. Further, raspberry is also used as to ease nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy, perhaps due to its astringent qualities. It’s also often recommended by midwives to help prepare the uterus for an effective birth. After birth it assists with bleeding and swelling as well as to restore tone to the uterus.
(If you have questions about when and how to use raspberry leaf during pregnancy please consult your midwife, doctor, or an experienced herbalist.)
Raspberry leaf tea is a great help especially with diarrhea, as it soothes it and calms the intestines.
This fits wonderful to the other positive effects to support women during menstruation who suffer from digestion problems and uterine pain.
As you can tell, raspberry leaf is an amazing herb for menstrual support!
Check out my moon cycle tea-blend recipe for some inspiration how to combine it with other herbs to support your body best during that time of the month!
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