Mar 12, 2010

Red Raspberry

Red raspberry is probably the best known herb to use during pregnancy. It is the main ingredient in most pregnancy teas. Drinking raspberry tea is said to help with infertility, morning sickness, strengthen the uterus, lessen postpartum cramping and bleeding and even enrich breast milk.

Red raspberry is native to many parts of Europe. It’s commonly grown in gardens for the delicious tasting berries but it’s the leaves that are used medicinally. Raspberry leaves are an astringent, (a chemical that tends to shrink or constrict body tissue), stomachic, (good for your stomach), and a tonic. It is high in iron, vitamin A, selenium and vitamin C.

Traditionally red raspberry has been used to soothe an upset stomach and to treat diarrhea and vomiting. Research has indicated raspberry to have antiviral properties making it effective against colds, flu and fevers. Red raspberry can also be used externally as a mouth wash for a sore throat, bleeding gums or canker sores.

Raspberry leaf tea is mild and tastes great by itself or mixed with other herbs. Try it iced in the summer and hot mixed with peppermint in the cold months.

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