July 16th, 2015Red Raspberry Leaf
by: Jo Francks, M.H.
When my daughter was in a college nutrition class for women, the teacher told them that red raspberry leaf tea should not be used during pregnancy because it can cause a miscarriage. My daughter texted me during class and I responded, “It strengthens the reproductive organs so if pregnant, it creates a healthy pregnancy.” My daughter shared this with the teacher who was grateful but said it would forever be in the textbooks that raspberry leaves should not be used during pregnancy. This information most likely comes from a study conducted in 1954 where fractions were isolated from Rubus.sp. and applied in vitro to the uterine tissues of guinea pigs and frogs. The scientists discovered that one fraction acted as a spasmolytic whereas another caused uterine contractions. Herein lies the risk of isolating the parts of a whole. When used as a whole plant, neither action is exacerbated and the herb is deemed safe.
One of the many virtues of red raspberry leaves is that it feeds the reproductive organs and strengthens them so they work properly on their own. When these organs are strong and healthy, a woman can go through a healthy pregnancy without complications and a healthy baby is born. Women have used red raspberry leaves for painful periods, heavy periods, morning sickness during pregnancy, preventing miscarriage, easing labor and delivery and enriching breast milk.
Raspberry leaves offer a vast array of nutritional value including vitamin A, B complex, vitamins C and E, calcium, iron, phosphorous and manganese. The leaves are also astringent and are used for diarrhea and on the skin to tighten the tissue.
This is an herb with centuries of safe use behind it and all pregnant women should have it in their cupboards.
Jo Francks is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Holistic Iridologist and Quantum Touch Practitioner.