Hi everyone. It’s Adrienne Lea. I’d like to talk about one of my favorite herbs, red raspberry. There’s the North American raspberry Rubus strigosus, which is the wild variety & is stronger than the cultivated variety/ more commonly sold, the European raspberry Rubus idaeus (Brown, 1999). Herbs are multifaceted, so I’ll discuss some of raspberry’s medicinal properties & give extensive information on some of its uses.
Raspberry has high tannin (which is a polyphenol) content, giving the herb its astringency & contributing to much of raspberry’s capabilities. Raspberry is seen as a woman’s tonic. Sine the 6th century, raspberry leaf has been used for pregnancy. The astringency & fragarine strengthens, tones, & relaxes muscles of the uterus & pelvis (Weil, 2010). The high level of B vitamins can relieve nausea, soothe leg cramps, & improve sleep, symptoms that are apparent during pregnancy (Wells, 2018). It’s can also help with uterine prolapse, shorten labor, & ease delivery. Raspberry tea/infusion can be used to help regulate menstrual cycles, decrease heavy flow, soothe muscle spasms, & ease menstrual cramping.
It’s beneficial as a culinary herb. Raspberry is high in vitamins & minerals, especially for female health. For example, it contains magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and vitamins B, A, C, & E (Wells, 2018). Its high iron content can help with anemia & can be combined with nettle to help the depleted energy, a symptom of anemia. The high manganese content in raspberry leaf can help produce healthy connective tissue, such as bone matrix & cartilage. This is important for energy metabolism (Gladstar, 2001).
It’s also an aphrodisiac. To avoid that effect, raspberry can be taken in moderation. Raspberry is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. However, it shouldn’t be used in a history of a miscarriage & used with the approval from a physician.
A warm leaf infusion mixed with sage Salva officinalis (Peterson, 2018) can be gargled if one has a sore throat, tonsillitis, or bleeding gums. It can be applied as a poultice to cleanse wounds & skin ulcers, & raspberry’s astringency allows it to be an excellent hemorrhage, & stomach & bowel tonic.
The tannins can cause diarrhea or constipation. A warm infusion can help with diarrhea while a cold infusion has less astringency because tannin is extracted in cold water. I also read from Herbal Teas by Kathleen Brown that adding soy milk, milk, or cream can neutralize the tannins (Brown, 1999).
The polyphenols tannins and flavonoids (quercetin & kaempferol) are the two primary constituents of raspberry leaves, which act like antioxidants (Raspberry Leaf Benefits, n.d.). Antioxidants can help slow aging & diseases. Raspberry leaf extract has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, & anticancer properties.
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