Herb Profile: Red Raspberry Leaf
Best Ways To Use Red Raspberry Leaf
- Red raspberry leaf is most commonly used in tea, also known as “infusion” and tincture form. Here are some common applications:
- relieving diarrhea-use in tea or 1:5 tincture or glycerite form (see how to below)
- sore throats-gargle with infusion (tea)
- sore mouths, canker sores-gargle with infusion (tea)
period cramping-use in tea form
Red raspberry is also an excellent tonic for pregnant women on two counts: its high vitamin and mineral content is richly nutritive, and the alkaloid fragrine tones and strengthens the uterus in preparation for childbirth. It is said to reduce labor pains. Following birth, consuming raspberry leaf infusion as a tonic restores the elasticity of the womb and uterine ligaments and increases the flow of breastmilk (Berger, 1996). It also quells nausea related to morning sickness and childbirth. (source)
My favorite way to consume this herb is in a tea blend. It’s great for any time of the month, but I like to drink it especially in the week before my period begins. It has helped me ease severe cramping.
- Red Raspberry Leaf
- Dried Lemon Peel
To make the tea, add 1 Tablespoon per 8 ounces of hot water. Allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes, the strain and enjoy.
To make the tincture or glycerite:
Measuring the dried herbs and menstruum (or liquid) by weight is important in a tincture form, to get the maximum efficacy AND safety. Since we are using this medicinally, you do NOT want to measure in volume (such as cups, teaspoons, etc.)
In a quart sized jar with a tight fitting lid, measure by weight 20 grams of dried red raspberry leaf. Do not use fresh herbs in this, as the water can cause mold.
Cover with 100 grams of menstruum. Allow to sit in a sunny spot for 2 weeks to infuse, then strain the herbal matter. The liquid is what you will use. For diarrhea in adults, start with 1 teaspoon 2x a day, for kids under the age of 10, 1/2 teaspoon 1x a day.
For the menstruum, you can choose to use either alcohol such as vokda, brandy, or everclear. Dosing is a small amount that won’t be an issue. BUT, if you would rather abstain from alcohol for any reason, you can use glycerine and water mix. For that mixture, you would need a 2:1 ratio of glycerine and water. For the glycerite, add 70 grams of glycerine and 30 grams of water to cover the herbs.
There are no known contraindications for using this herb. It is safe for pregnant women to use in small amounts. Some herbal safety professionals have questioned it’s use in large does during pregnancy. To be safe, limit consumption to 4 grams of dried herb in herbal teas and only 1x a day.
What ways have you used red raspberry leaf?
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