Red raspberry
Rubus idaeus

Red raspberry - Rubus idaeus (in the Rosaceae or Rose family)

Part used: Leaf.

Taste/smell: Bitter, aromatic, astringent.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:4 dry strength liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Mild, soothing astringent, (b) Preparatory parturient, (c) Uterine tonic, (d) Improves uterine tone and blood supply.

Red raspberry is often used during pregnancy. A strong tea can be made into ice cubes and given as ice chips to the women during labor. It will help prevent post-partum hemorrhage. It is used to improve digestion. This herb is also useful in passive uterine hemorrhage, menorrhagia and symptoms of diarrhea.

Contraindications: Although this herb is commonly used in pregnancy, Dr. Francis Brinker says in his book Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions that it is contraindicated where there is a history of precipitate labors. He also claims it has antigonadotropic activity.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.