Benefits Of “Red Raspberry Leaf Tea” & Supplements
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Species: R. idaeus
Also known as: Hindberry, bramble
Parts used: Leaves, fruits
Red raspberry leaf tea has been used for hundreds of years by women throughout their pregnancy to ease the pains of labor, to prevent miscarriage, and to increase the milk supply.
Red raspberry leaf tea is valuable as a strengthener and toner of the womb during pregnancy, and helpful in restraining hemorrhage during labor and assisting contractions.
Red raspberry leaf tea has astringent actions helpful in reducing fluids for a variety of other conditions including diarrhea, leucorrhea and mouth problems such as; bleeding gums and inflammations and canker sores.
For more than 2,000 years, red raspberry leaf tea was considered a minor healer, beneath blackberry. In the 1940’s it emerged from blackberry’s shadow and replaced it in herbal healing. Red raspberry leaf tea became the herb for pregnant women.
Contemporary herbalist recommend red raspberry leaf tea for diarrhea, and to treat nausea and vomiting; especially in morning sickness of pregnancy. Science has shown it to be helpful in pregnancy.
Physicians in England and Europe prescribe a number of red raspberry leaf tea preparations for morning sickness, uterine irritability, and threatened miscarriage. Red raspberry leaf tea is also included in many herbal pregnancy blends in the United States.
The leaves contain tannins, which are astringent and help explain its traditional use as a diarrhea treatment.
One animal study showed red raspberry leaf tea may help reduce blood sugar (glucose), suggesting possible value in treating diabetes. Another study showed red raspberry root tannins of value in treating a rare form of cancer. Tannins have both pre- and anti- cancer action. All indications of the health benefits of herbs.
Standard medical advice warns pregnant woman against taking any drugs during pregnancy; however, red raspberry leaf tea used medicinally is an exception to this rule.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENTS:
Carotenoids, citric acid, fragrine, pectin, tannins and vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E. An easily assimilated form of calcium; manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon and sulfur.
Red raspberry are perennial bushes that grow vigorously and invasively. Make sure they are well contained. They produce a dense spreading mass of thorny stems which can grow ten feet; small white summer blooming flowers, and hanging clusters of tart red berries, which become very sweet as they ripen.
Plant ½ inch root cuttings in a few inches of soil. Red raspberry grows best under full sun in loose, rich, well drained soil.
Harvest red raspberry leaves anytime. Mature fruits appear in summer. For ease of harvesting berries, train branches along supports. Prune mercilessly.
Other herbs containing anti-abortive actions include black cohosh, blue cohosh, chamomile, cramp bark, false unicorn, and lobelia.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PETS:
The tincture aids in labor and delivery, strengthens the uterus, helps prevent hemorrhaging and enriches and increases colostrum.
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