Red raspberry leaves have been used in folk remedies for thousands of years, and it is no wonder. The plant contains vitamins, minerals, and tannins in very high amounts that make it great for everything from breathing issues to assisting in labor. Below are three of the best uses for Raspberry leaves, which you can harvest on your own or buy at almost every health food store.
3 Uses for Raspberry Leaves
Use in pregnancy
Many people claim that raspberry leaf tea (two teaspoons of leaves per eight ounces of water- can be made in a coffee pot) will enrich the mother’s breast milk when baby is born, but this has not been proven. The most profound study of the leaf, though, was done in 2001 as a double-blind, random, placebo-controlled trial that found the consumption of 2.4 g of raspberry leaf tablets, consumed daily from 32 weeks’ gestation until labor slightly reduced the second stage of labor and resulted in forceps being used half as much to aid in delivery of the baby.
Use for gastrointestinal tract disorders
People who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or other GI issues have been advised to drink roughly two cups of red raspberry tea a week, or to take a daily supplement of the leaves. The properties are said to settle the stomach and make your digestive system more regular. It is advised to take the tea and a supplement with food, though, so as not to make you nauseous if you already experience stomach disorders.
Use for Cramping and bleeding
In pregnancy and after, raspberry leaves are said to help reduce bleeding, and the same can be said for heavy periods. It also helps with lightening contractions during labor, and cramps during a period. Raspberry leaves, especially made into a tea, acts as an antioxidant, which helps to relax blood vessels and eases inflammation. The best way to help with these symptoms is to take a daily supplement and drinking at least four ounces of the tea daily during your period, or 10 ounces daily beginning at 30 weeks’ gestation in pregnancy. After you deliver a baby, drink one cup (eight ounces) of the tea for daily for six weeks’ post-partum.