Raspberry Leaf Tea

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Raspberry Leaf tea (or Red Raspberry)

Rubus idaeus is a common woodland and garden plant that has a long history drunk for health.

Uterine conditioner, diuretic, antioxidant, astringent, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence, stomach upset, food poisoning, motion sickness, gallstones.

Background

Red raspberry leaf has been traditionally used medicinally at least since the Roman times (some sources estimate 10,000 years). As a plant that is found all across the Northern Hemosphere and a plant that comes to leaf early in the year, it would probably have been drunk by tribes around the world.

Uses

Red raspberry leaf is used for gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders, including diarrhoea & dysentery; for respiratory system disorders, including runny noses, flu and swine flu; and for heart problems, fever, diabetes, and vitamin deficiency. It is also used to promote sweating, urination, and bile production. Some people use it for general “purification of skin and blood.”.
Historically it has been used to regulate the menstrual cycle, for painful or heavy periods and easing labour and delivery. It is believed that raspberry leaf helps to condition the uterine muscles. Take only during the third trimester, starting with only one cup a day.
It can also be used as a poultice for wounds, sores and rashes; as an eyebath for sore eyes and as a gargle for sore throats.

Precautions

Always seek advice from a qualified herbalist if you want to take raspberry leaf tea for long periods. Start with small doses first. Do not take if you are sensitive to oestrogen, are using C.N.S. depressants, or other relaxing medications. Take with caution when treating diarrhoea as it is diuretic and can lead to electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.

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Further Reading

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WebMD

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