Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus) is a herb that’s famous for preparing mothers for childbirth. This herb can shorten labour and decrease the likelihood that complications will arise during pregnancy and in childbirth (Hoffman, D., 2003, pg. 293). It is also used to ease menstrual issues such as reducing cramps and excessive menstrual bleeding (Balch, P. A., 2000, pg. 93).

According to Balch, P. A. (2000),  raspberry leaf has the following benefits:

Reduces excessive menstrual bleeding

Relaxes uterine and intestinal spasms

Strengthens uterus walls

Reduces morning sickness, hot flashes, and menstrual cramps

Promotes healthy nails, bones, teeth and skin (pg. 93)

How does raspberry leaf do all this?

Astringent: As as astringent herb, raspberry leaf constricts the bodies tissues, reducing blood flow and mucous. The astringency will tighten and tonify the body, and act to strengthen the uterine and pelvic muscles and prevent miscarriage. In addition, raspberry leaf tones the mucous membranes throughout the body, soothes the kidneys and urinary tract, and helps prevent hemorrhage in delivery.

Relaxant: The relaxant properties bring about a tonic relaxation of the smooth muscle of the uterus, helping to reduce the pain of uterine contractions with labour. This applies to the uterine contractions experienced with cramping during menses as well. The herb is slightly sedative in that it helps to quell nausea and is useful for morning sickness and hot flashes.

Nutrition: An infusion of raspberry leaf tea contains 200-250 mg of calcium, assisting in the formation of breast milk, and strengthens nails, bones, teeth and skin. Ellagic acid, an antioxidant, alters estrogen metabolism which can reduce the risk of hormonal cancers.

Raspberry leaf, if used before delivery helps to ensure a safe, easy, and speedy childbirth, and after delivery to improve milk production and assist in recovery from birth.

https://optimalfertility.ca/ Visit this website to purchase Harmonic Arts Woman with Child tea blend, which contains raspberry leaf. Although this tea blend is called Woman with Child, it is designed for so much more- from helping with the conditions mentioned above, to general tonification and well-being.

Balch, P. A. (2000) Prescription for Nutritional Healing. New York, NY: Avery.

Hoffman, D. (2003) Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

by Jennifer Kowerchuk

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