Red raspberry leaf is a remarkable herb.
If you want to collect this leaf for tea this fall, now is the time to do so. If you wait very much longer the healthful properties will decline as the plant goes into dormancy.
Red Raspberry is the best single herb that we can take for total uterine health. The most popular use for Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is for mama and baby’s health throughout pregnancy.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is used as a basic herbal foundation for all female organs and problems. It is in many female herbal combinations.
- Strengthens and tones wall of uterus and entire female reproductive system.
- Decreases profuse menstrual flow and cramps.
- Good during all months of pregnancy. Alleviates morning sickness and nausea.
- Has been used as a preventative for hemorrhaging during labor. Assists labor, makes delivery easier and relieves after-pains. Tones and regulates before, during and after childbirth.
- Increases and enriches milk for lactation, can be combined with marshmallow tea.
- Raspberry tea is mild and pleasant to taste. It is good for stomach aches and bowel problems in children. For diarrhea in babies.
- Soothing to stomach and bowels and cankerous conditions of mucous membranes in the alimentary canal.
- High mineral and vitamin source.
Has also been used in the following:
- Colds and coughs
- Digestion and Indigestion
- Flatulence – gas
- Flu – influenza
(source~Bulk Herb Store)
It is a pleasant tea, one you can enjoy at a meal or all by itself. Using a tea ball or strainer or put into bags, it is very balancing and all-round helpful for a woman’s special needs.
Pick from early summer until fall. It is easy to string them with a needle on a double thread through the leaf to dry until they crumble. These leaves will shrivel to a much smaller amount so always pick more than you think you will need. Store out of sunlight.
Today’s herbal market is flooded with Red Raspberry. The problem is, most of it is sprayed, irradiated, old, and pour quality.
Make sure where you pick is free from sprays. Ask around to see if anyone has a spray-free patch you can pick from. The Bulk Herb Store carries only organic leaves, and if you grow it yourself you can be sure.
Also, red raspberry leaves are a wonderfully soothing and healing remedy for a canker sore. Moisten a teaspoon of your dried red raspberry leaves with warm water until they make a soft clump. Place these moistened leaves onto the canker and hold it there as long as you can. This remedy will soothe the area and by the next day you may find that it is almost healed! This is a tried and true remedy used by many old-timers.
Fall is a great time (the best really, better than spring) to plant raspberries if you’d like to grow your own. It gives the roots time to establish themselves. See my post on the Heritage variety, an ever-bearer. They are very easy to grow. Put them where you can mow them on ‘high’ or cut them every fall for a very heavy summer and early fall crop.
Ours are just about done for the year. We harvest from July all the way until the middle of October if there is enough sun that late. With three year old plants, we have been able to freeze close to 35 gallons this year and eat all we want fresh besides. Red raspberries are one of the healthiest of all the fruits with a very high ORAC score.
I’d love to hear about your raspberries and the varieties you like 🙂
“And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food…” And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” ~ Genesis 1: 29, 31
Disclaimer: I am not a professional, nor a doctor. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease.
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