Herb Spotlight: Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf has been used for thousands of years as a tonic for women. RRL helps to strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles which helps to make labor shorter and easier.
Red raspberry leaf is packed with nutrients: magnesium, manganese, iron, vitamin C, b-vitamins and potassium. RRL is an amazing remedy for PMS, endometriosis, and it helps balance hormones. This herb is especially helpful for women trying to conceive as it is a very popular remedy for infertility.
Red raspberry leaf works great with nettles during pregnancy and while breastfeeding since they both provide amazing nutrition as well as helping to balance hormones. Even children can drink these teas with benefit!
The benefits of RRL from Susun Weed:
“Increasing fertility in both men and women. Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.
Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.
Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to raspberry leaves’ gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.
Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.
Assisting in the production of plentiful breast milk. The high mineral content of Raspberry leaf assist in milk production, but its astringency may counter that for some women.
Providing a safe and speedy pariuntion. Raspberry leaf works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It does not strengthen contractions, but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively and so may make the birth easier and faster.”
How to use Red Rasberry Leaf
You can make a regular tea with red raspberry leaf or you can make an infusion.
*For tea: pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried leaf. Allow to steep for 10 minutes, then sweeten to taste if desired. You can drink drink 2 to 3 cups daily while pregnant.
*For infusions: I put 1/2-1 cup RRL in a quart of hot water and let it steep for at least 4 hours. I strain the liquid and reuse the herbs for another quart. Store the liquid in the fridge when done and consume 1-2 cups daily, or more when pregnant or about to start your period! I usually make red raspberry leaf infusions a few times a month.