Red Raspberry Leaf - Rubus Idaeus

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This Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Red raspberry - Rubus idaeus in the Rosaceae or Rose family

Part used: Leaf.

Taste/smell: Bitter, aromatic, astringent.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:4 dry strength liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Mild, soothing astringent, (b) Preparatory parturient, (c) Uterine tonic, (d) Improves uterine tone and blood supply.

Red raspberry is often used during pregnancy. A strong tea can be made into ice cubes and given as ice chips to the women during labor. It will help prevent post-partum hemorrhage. It is used to improve digestion. This herb is also useful in passive uterine hemorrhage, menorrhagia and symptoms of diarrhea.

Contraindications: Although this herb is commonly used during pregnancy, Dr. Francis Brinker says in his book Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions that it is contraindicated where there is a history of precipitate labors. He also claims it has antigonadotropic activity.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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