The raspberry bush is native to North America, and is also cultivated in Canada. Raspberry leaves have been used in pregnancy to strengthen and tone the tissue of the womb, therefore assisting contractions.
Raspberry leaf tea can be useful for ailments that cause intestinal inflammation and discomfort, such as diarrhoea. The tannins reduce swelling by constricting minute blood vessels called capillaries; this prevents oozing or leaking of fluids in the intestines. The herbs astringent quality has inspired other uses as well such as using the raspberry leaf tea as a mouthwash and gargle to soothe canker sores and sore throats.
Raspberry may cause slight loosening of stools and nausea.
Ingredients: Raspberry Leaf
Directions: Combine 1 cup of boiling water with 2g of the dried herb, infuse for 10-15 minutes. Take as needed, however 2 -3 cups are commonly taken during pregnancy.
Warnings: This food is not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with a nutritious diet and with an appropriate physical training or exercise program. This food is not suitable for children under the age of 15 or pregnant women. It should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Keep out of reach of children.