There’s more to the raspberry plant than just the tasty berries that can be picked and eaten. The leaves of the plant hold a number of health benefits and can be used in a number of different preparations: from teas and capsules, tinctures and powders.
We don’t know who was the first to experiment with the raspberry leaf, but we do know it’s been used widely as medicine for centuries. The red raspberry leaf is highly nutritious with many bioactive compounds that serve up bountiful health benefits.
Thanks to its astringent properties, this plant ingredient can soothe inflammation and irritation in the stomach, making it useful to treat digestive issues such as motion sickness and diarrhoea. It can also help prevent dehydration in sick individuals and regulate bowel movements.
In addition, the red raspberry leaves are an antioxidant, making them ideal to protect the heart; antibacterial, helping to treat minor wounds and cuts; and antiviral. The antiviral effect can help red raspberry leaves to treat respiratory infections and ward off coughs and colds, boosting the immune system.
One of the most well-known uses for red raspberry leaves is for preparing pregnant women for childbirth. When brewed into a tea, and drunk in the third trimester it is thought to tone and strengthen the uterus, as well as improve contractions.
These actions are thought to be down to the strengthening abilities of fragrine, an alkaloid that tones the muscles in the pelvis and the uterus.
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