Supports healthy menstruation, tones the uterus and may be used for menstrual cramps
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Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus, spp) is one of the most well known and most loved fruits in the world, but in the herbal and midwifery world its leaves are also a dearly treasured herbal remedy for women of childbearing age. Raspberry Leaf is most popular as a tonic for pregnancy and labor, but it is also excellent as a nutritive and tonic in preparation for pregnancy. It is one of the main herbs that is considered safe (in most cases) to use during pregnancy in preparation for labor. But why wait until you are pregnant to reap the benefits of this wonderful leaf?
Raspberry leaf’s main medicinal actions: astringent, tonic, parturient, refrigerant and antiemitic. Below is a break-down to help you understand what these medicinal actions mean in relationship to this plant.
Astringent: Astringent herbs cause contraction and shrinkage of internal and external body tissues. They also help to prevent hemorrhage or excessive bleeding. Red Raspberry leaves help prevent hemorrhage, making it useful for miscarriage, childbirth, postpartum healing, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and endometrial hyperplasia. The tannins contribute to its astringent properties which also aid healthy digestive function; this herb is wonderful for alleviating diarrhea.
Uterine Tonic: Its constituent fragrine is an alkaloid that helps to tone the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus. This is a wonderful action for improving uterine health where there is uterine weakness present. This may help prevent miscarriage due to uterine weakness, when used in preparation for pregnancy.
Parturient: Parturient herbs promote labor. A recent study showed that 63% of midwives in the United States use this herb to stimulate labor. Although it is used quite commonly by midwives to stimulate labor, it is used more often to prepare the woman’s uterus for the hard work of labor.
Refrigerant: Raspberry leaf cools the body down and may help to slightly reduce fever. Note: this action only takes place if there is an actual fever present.
Antiemitic: It may reduce morning sickness by easing nausea and helping to prevent vomiting.
“Raspberry leaf works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension.”- Susun S. Weed, Author of Wise Woman Herbal For The Childbearing Year