Red Raspberry Leaf.
Many women are misinformed about this herbal, please read carefully. Brewed as a tea, used by capsule or as an infusion, raspberry leaf is one of the safest and commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, and decreases constipation. This herbal is good to use for those who have had previous miscarriages, and problems with cysts. Red Raspberry Leaf has been taken during pregnancy, and after birth, given at a stronger dosage which is Tincture. During Amandabears pregnancy, she had taken Red Raspberry Tincture the entire pregnancy to prevent miscarriage and strengthen the uterus. Amandabears now has a 4 month old child, healthy and in her arms born at 40 weeks via C-section. Amandabears is also in her 3rd course of herbalism, studying from Christopher Hobbs for masters of herbalism.
Raspberry Leaf contains many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C and calcium. It also contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which lends tone to the uterus. *There tends to be a lot of misconception about this herbal, this herbal has a property of a Uterine Tonic, it can not physically change hormones, it can not regulate hormones. This herb can however "heal" the uterus, meaning that it is for the reproductive nature of a woman's body. When it heals the uterus, (getting rid or toning down cysts, fibroids, repairing scar tissue) your body will then start to work correctly, this is why it tends to have an effect on the luteal phase, it is NOT a natural progesterone and it can NOT change the progesterone hormone, it naturally repairs the uterus and tones/strengthens it, which then will repair your self.*
Raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions.It is NOT an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb. What it does is help strengthen the pelvic and uterine muscles so that once labor does start the muscles will be more efficient.
Raspberry is also an rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and E, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients make it an excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and leg cramps, as well as a beneficial remedy for the reduction of morning sickness.
Raspberry leaf tea also acts as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. As a mouth wash it is used to soothe mouth and throat irritations. You may use this tea as a gargle or apply it topically. Tea should be cool when used for these ailments.
Because raspberry leaf is thought to have a slight effect like the female hormone, estrogen, it should not be used by women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus. Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it. It is important to only take what is recommended. According to the Medical TCM of herbal book, however there is little proof on this.
Because the tannins in raspberry leaf tea could interfere with the absorption of non-prescription drugs such as vitamins, you should drink it at least 2 hours before or after taking non-prescription drugs by mouth.
No side effects have been associated with using raspberry leaf either by mouth or on the skin. The capsules get into the system faster than the tea, and the tincture/extract is more efficient.
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"In addition to helping a woman prevent from miscarrying, Red Raspberry Leaf provides 100% organic, digestible, absorbable, and assimilable iron that can be taken 365 days per year when we consider that more than 90% of American women are anemic. Necessary iron is needed during all 9-months of pregnancy. However, the RIGHT KIND of iron is needed, i.e. iron phosphate or organic iron! Not this crappy iron prescribed to poor, ignorant, and unsuspecting pregnant women by doctors and obstetricians that cause constipation due to its interaction with sulfur in the body.
Red Raspberry Leaf will fully carry and support a woman nutritionally and therapeutically during pregnancy (all 9 months), childbirth, and post-partum.
From the above Article!
True Red Raspberry leaf Capsules
This is true Red Raspberry Leaf capsules, in purest form. You can purchase these from The Vitamin Shoppe.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tincture
Remember the tinctures get into the system faster than the capsules and the tea. This can be purchased in its purest form here
Morning Sickness and Nausea During the initial stages of pregnancy, many women suffer from severe nausea, morning sickness and food aversion. This may be seen as a period of cleansing and detoxification that precedes building. For some it can be extremely difficult to assuage.
The simplest treatment is ginger and red raspberry leaf tea. Raspberry leaf may be regarded as the best and safest herb to use throughout all stages of pregnancy. Two to four slices of fresh ginger, steeped for 15 minutes in a covered cup of boiling hot water or hot raspberry leaf tea, often relieves morning sickness. (For more on red raspberry leaf and its usefulness during pregnancy, see below.)
Ayurveda views morning sickness as an aggravation of ‘pitta’ or the fire humour. There is an increase of digestive acids in the stomach, and an increased sense of smell, which both promote greater digestion and assimilation. Unfortunately, this increased sensitivity may also create the counter effect of (often extremely nauseating) aversion to certain foods and smells.
In addition to the raspberry leaf/ginger tea mentioned above, pregnant women can ward off morning sickness and nausea by consuming several small nutritious, protein-rich meals a day.
B vitamins (especially folic acid) are essential during pregnancy. Rather than taking a folic acid or other B vitamin pill supplement, try a daily teaspoon to a tablespoon of brewer’s or torula yeast in a little juice or water. Not only does it fulfill a nutritional demand of the body, but this simple remedy has brought total relief to many women from morning sickness.
Another good practice is to soak 10 raw almonds overnight. In the morning, peel off the brown outer skin and eat the nuts. This provides much needed protein and also helps to relieve nausea.
The Chinese herbal tradition recommends a tea of processed pinellia root, poria mushroom and fresh ginger as a treatment for morning sickness. Make sure you obtain any formulas containing pinellia from a trusted source and be sure that the root is properly processed to remove its natural toxicity.
The Ayurvedic herb called shatavari (Sanskrit for "100 husbands" because of its traditional use for strengthening a women’s reproductive capacity) is commonly used during pregnancy taken with calcium to prevent miscarriage.
To prevent miscarriage, Western herbalists will recommend a tea of false unicorn root, cramp bark, raspberry leaf and squaw vine. This is taken as a strong decoction, simmering an ounce of the herbal combination in a half quart of water over a low flame for 30 minutes. This is then strained and taken ½ to 1 cup three or four times a day.
Chinese herbalists use a special species of mistletoe (Viscum coloratumor Loranthus parasiticus) called sang ji sheng that grows on the mulberry trees to prevent miscarriage. It should be noted that other species of mistletoe should not be used for this purpose. It’s best that you make an appointment with a traditional Chinese medicine doctor to have a formula specially prescribed.
The Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf During Pregnancy Of all the herbs recommended for use to relieve all the discomforts associated with pregnancy and childbirth, the most enduring is red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus).
Raspberry leaf tea has been used medicinally for centuries to assist a woman throughout all phases of pregnancy. It strengthens the uterus for ease of childbirth. It effects of fragarin can actually prevent miscarriage.
Raspberry leaf has the following uses:
- Relieves symptoms of morning sickness especially when taken with ginger
- Relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus when it is contracting (Burn and Withell, 1941)
- Soothes and prevents bleeding gums which many pregnant women experience
- Assists with the birth of the baby and the placenta
- Calms cramping of the uterus
- Provides a rich source of iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium. The magnesium content is especially helpful in strengthening the uterine muscles.
- Raspberry leaf also contains vitamins B1, B3 and E, which are valuable in pregnancy
- Stops bleeding after childbirth
Outside of pregnancy, raspberry leaf is also used for the following:
- Treats diarrhea
- Regulates menses
- Relieves sore throat
- Reduces fevers
- Aids fertility
- Raspberry leaf has been found to have potent antibiotic effects against infections and inflammations.
Steep a teaspoon to a tablespoon of the dried leaf in a cup of boiling water, then cover and allow it to sit until cool enough to drink.
The following is offered not as a recommendation but for historical reference and to illustrate that dose figures extremely importantly when using this (and any) herb.
Based on an article published in Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Home Remedies,to achieve the full benefit of raspberry leaf during childbirth, it should be made full strength: steep one ounce of dried raspberry leaves in a pint (2 cups) of boiling water, covered, for 30 minutes. This is then strained. If made well in advance, the tea can be frozen in ice cube trays and then sucked during the pangs of labor. In addition a pot of strong brew should be prepared in the same way and taken all at once as warm as possible. This is not to induce labor but to facilitate and ease its course and to prevent complications.
Pregnancy is a natural process of life and should present no serious complications in normal circumstances. However, it is important that it be competently supervised by a qualified health care practitioner and any supplements offered should be with their consent and on the spot guidance.