You're probably familiar with the delicious, sweet and popular fruit, the raspberry... BUT do you know about the leaves?!
Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus
Common Names: European Raspberry
The leaves of the raspberry plant have been used as a medicinal herb for centuries! It is thought to have many properties including those that are beneficial for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. It is believed that raspberry leaf, if taken regularly through pregnancy and labour can:
*Ease the symptoms of morning-sickness
*Sooth and prevent bleeding gums (which many pregnant women often experience)
*Assist with the birth of the baby and the placenta
*Calm cramping of the uterus.
Rasperry Leaves provide a rich source of iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium. The magnesium content is especially helpful in strengthening the uterine muscles. Raspberry leaf also contains vitamins B1, B3 and E which are valuable in pregnancy.
Raspberry leaf is also used for the following:
*To aid fertility
*To promote a plentiful supply of breastmilk
*To help stop excess bleeding after birth
*To treat diarrhoea
*To regulate irregular menstrual cycle and decreases heavy periods
*To relieve sore throats
*To reduce fever.
It is thought that around one fifth of pregnant women take some form of raspberry leaf. Women believe that it will shorten labour and make the birth easier. The use of this herb for remedial purposes dates back to the sixth century and its benefits in childbirth have been recorded as a proven aid in maternity in the most ancient of herbal books.
Instructions for use
Use 2g (1 teaspoon) per serve. Brew in a pot for 10 minutes, strain and serve. Suitable for use in paper tea filters.
If you’re not already sweet enough – why not sweeten your mix with a little Stevia Powder.