Herbal Profile: Red Raspberry Leaf |

Herbal Profile: Red Raspberry Leaf

heather2 December 2, 2016

Red Raspberry leaf is a powerhouse herb for women especially throughout the childbearing years. (And on a related note, check out what nutrients are the most important for childbearing women here) Join contributing writer, Heather Harris, as she shows us the what makes red raspberry leaf a wonderful addition to one’s herbal medicine cabinet. 

Herb Profile: Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry Leaf, Rubus spp. is a common herb that is widespread across its native regions of Asia and North America. It can be identified by the leaves being green on top and gray/silvery on the bottom. Its constituents include: Flavonoids, tannins, volatile oils, pectin, vitamins, minerals, elagic acid.

Raspberry leaf is vitamin- and mineral-rich, containing vitamins E, C and B complex, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, magnesium, and manganese. According to Susun Weed, raspberry leaf infusion contains calcium in a form that is easily assimilable and enhanced by the presence of phosphorus and vitamins A and C.

Perhaps what it is best known for is “women issues”. Red Raspberry Leaf enjoys a reputation of helping to relive period cramping. This is due to fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the uterus and other muscles of the pelvic region.

It contains tannins, which give a tea or infusion of raspberry leaf an astringent taste similar to black tea and astringent (toning) action on tissues in the body. This is helpful for soothing and stopping diarrhea. Energetically, red raspberry is cool, dry, and bitter.

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)

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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.

In a quart sized mason jar, add equal amounts of dried herbs:

  • Red Raspberry Leaf
  • Dried Lemon Peel
  • Peppermint

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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  1. I try the Red raspberry leaf tea. Mostly fot the vitamins E, C and B complex. Thanks!


  2. Mostly fot the vitamins E, C and B complex. right


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