Red Raspberry

The red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) bush grows in thickets along the edges of wooded areas throughout North America. If you find some, you can easily domesticate it. Just dig up a small part of the bush with the root and plant it along a fence or towards the edge of a garden area. In the summer, the red, prickly vines become covered with delicious berries, beloved by birds, small animals and humans alike.

The part of the plant used medicinally, however, is the leaf. The leaves can be picked in the summer and steeped into a tea, or dried for later use.

Female tonic

Red raspberry is one of the most renowned and proven herbs for women. A study was done in 1941 and published in the prestigious medical journal, Lancet. It described the normalizing effect that red raspberry leaf extract has on the uterine muscle. If the smooth muscle of the uterus was in tone, raspberry leaf extract relaxed it. If the muscle was flaccid, or too relaxed, red raspberry caused it to contract. The active ingredient in red raspberry is referred to as fragarine, which is actually composed of several chemical constituents that have not as yet been isolated.

Red raspberry has a folkloric heritage dating back thousands of years in all parts of the world. It is an herb that can be used before, during and after pregnancy. Red raspberry eases the nausea associated with morning sickness of early pregnancy. It also can help to prevent hemorrhage, eases childbirth and enriches colostrum, the immune stimulating first milk produced by nursing mothers.

Red raspberry is often used in combination with other herbs to make female tonics that are used during times other than pregnancy.

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