Red Raspberry Leaf, Tea, Herb and Extract Benefits
Raspberry bushes are native to North America but are cultivated in other countries including Canada. Although it is best known for its delicious red berries, raspberry leaves have a number of medical applications.
In pregnancy it was traditionally used to help with nausea, ease labor and delivery, and post- partum recovery. It is also believed helpful for regulating menstrual period and controlling diarrhea.
Raspberry leaf tea also acts as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. As a mouth wash it is used to soothe mouth and throat irritations.Possible Side Effects and Contradictions
Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breast-feeding. Pregnant women should avoid taking Raspberry leaf tea 3 months before delivery. Diabetics should be careful as it might lower the blood sugar levels drastically.Dosage and Administration
- As a tea use 2-3 tsp of dried or chopped leaves in 5 -8oz of boiling water for 5 min, discarding solid particles. Take as needed.
- Topically use tea on skin.
- Orally as a mouth wash use tea dosage.
Always consult your health advisor before supplementing with red raspberry leaf.