Information on Raspberry

Latin NameRubus idaeus
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTea, tincture, capsule.
AffectsBlood, Reproductive system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA thorny, prickly spreading perennial from the Rose family with white or rose-colored flowers and red, sweet fruit.
DescriptionRaspberry leaf has long been used traditionally as a uterine tonic to facilitate labor and to ease dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. It contains astringent properties and is sometimes used for diarrhea. This herb has traditionally been considered by herbalists and midwives to be the safest and least-controversial for use during pregnancy to gently tonify the uterus and prepare for birth. It can be taken any time during pregnancy, but especially in the last trimester.

Raspberry has a taste of ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1-2 cups 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Raspberry

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Labor, to facilitateuterine tonictea throughout pregnancy
Dysmenorrheauterine tonictea, tincture, capsule
Menorrhagiauterine tonic, astringenttea, tincture


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