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Raspberry Leaf (<i>Rubus idaeus</i>)

Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)

*DISCLAIMER* All information is provided for educational purposes only. No drugs or supplements should be taken without prior advice from your health professional.

What is raspberry leaf tea?
What is it used for?
What's the best form to use?
How do I use it?

What is raspberry leaf tea?
For centuries, people have enjoyed the sweet red fruit of the raspberry bush. They have also been brewing the leaves of this plant into a tea, which has been used over the years as a folk remedy for a number of health problems. back to top

What is it used for?
Raspberry leaf tea has long had a reputation for being a "women's tea." Among other things, this herb has been used for soothing painful period cramps. Some people believe that raspberry leaf can help tone and relax the muscles of the uterus, and some scientific evidence has shown that this is true—although more study is needed. It is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals. back to top

What's the best form to use?
If you'd like to experiment with raspberry leaf tea for easing cramps, be sure that you buy the real thing. Look at the box to make sure that raspberry leaf is the main ingredient. Many so-called raspberry leaf teas are actually regular black tea flavored with an oil that smells like raspberries. They may smell and taste great, but they're not raspberry leaf tea. back to top

How do I use it?
If you're using a commercial raspberry leaf tea product, follow the directions on the package.

If you're lucky enough to have a raspberry bush growing nearby (and you're sure that it's a raspberry bush), you can also make your own tea from the fresh leaves. Here's one way to do it:
  • Pluck a few leaves off the raspberry bush and mince up one or two teaspoon's worth.
  • Bring a pint (two cups) of water to boil.
  • Add the raspberry leaves, stir, and turn off the heat.
  • Steep for five to ten minutes.
  • Sweeten with honey, if you like.
  • You can sip warm raspberry leaf tea two or three times a day.

    The use of herbs is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding except under the guidance of a health professional. back to top
Last Modified Date: 1/22/2001
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