Red Raspberry Leaf – Rubus idaeus, Rubus strigosus
Red Raspberry is a plant that most of use are very familiar with. It grows wild amongst the other brambles and weeds in wild fields and forgotten pastures and orchards. Its fruit is a lovely and delicious berry that is great in salads, or just as it is off of the cane. The berry also makes a lovely infused vinegar – combine with apple cider vinegar and let steep for 2 or more weeks.
The leaves of the red raspberry plant are high in calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium which feeds the nervous system. For medicinal purposes, they are mildly astringent, and build and improve over all tone of the intestinal and urinary tracts.
An ally to the reproductive system, red raspberry leaves tone the uterus and reproductive system. They are womb strengthening, tonic during pregnancy, help prepare the uterus for labor, and prepare the body for breastfeeding by enriching breast milk and helping the uterus return to normal size after birth. The leaves are most often taken in the form of a tea.
For emotional support (according to JJ Pursell’s Herbal Apothecary) red raspberry leaf assists those whose feelings are easily hurt or who have a touchy nature.