The Many Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (Rubus idaeus)

According to the giant herbs and nutrition bible that almost everyone consults in the natural health industry, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch (4th edition), Red Raspberry is useful for the following:

“Reduces menstrual bleeding, relaxes uterine and intestinal spasms, and strengthens uterine walls.  Promotes health nails, bones, teeth, and skin.  Good for diarrhea and for female disorders such as morning sickness, hot flashses, and menstrual cramps.  Also heals canker sores.  Combined with peppermint, good for morning sickness.”

It is also rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and iron.  People who aren’t familiar with the many uses of herbs, always seem to find it hard to believe that one herb or tea is useful for so many different things!  Hey if you tried it and it works for you for many things then stick with it!

When I worked at a local health food store for a few months, because I thought I wanted to buy it!, I used to recommend red raspberry tea a lot to pregnant woman, women who had cramps, and people who had nausea. We carried the tea in both the tea section and the “women’s section”.  Traditional Medicinals has a good organic raspberry tea that I recommend.  Each teabag contains 1,750 mg of red raspberry leaf.  They recommend the tea as a “uterine tonic for difficult and painful menstruation and for use during pregnancy in preparation for childbirth”.

Lost of women swear by this tea and say it helped them with their pregnancy.  From American Pregnancy:

Medical studies have shown that red raspberry leaf can be consumed safely during pregnancy and can decrease the length of labor and decrease the number of interventions used such as artificial rupture of membranes (AROM), assisted delivery, and cesarean delivery.1 Red raspberry leaf also seems to help prevent pregnancies from pre-or post-term gestation (delivering too early or too late).

There is some controversy about whether this should be used throughout pregnancy or just in the second and third trimester, so many health care providers remain cautious and only recommend using it after the first trimester.

You can buy Organic Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Leaves loose from Frontier Natural Brands for About $5.00 here.

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30 thoughts on “The Many Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (Rubus idaeus)

  1. This is so helpful. Thank you! I would visit many tea shops and have had no luck in finding Red Raspberry Leaf tea.

  2. Thanks Joy. I would try local health stores or large chains that carry organic and natural products or search for retailers that sell Traditional Medicinals.

  3. I was taking The Pill to control cramping and other symptoms… Then I read the “side effects” and it both shocked and terrified me! I bought the Red Raspberry Leaves in pill form today… I’m really hoping it works.

  4. My girlfriend got this when she was pregnant… never opened it. So, I decided to try it out and now I have it every night.

    Celestial Seasonings
    Rasberry Zinger Herbal Tea
    They claim to be %100 Natural….
    Get it at most supermarkets… for around $3 for 19 bags, 1.5oz(43g)
    http://www.celestialseasonings.com/
    It contains HIBISCUS, ROSEHIPS, ROASTED CHICORY, ORANGE PEEL, BLACKBERRY LEAVES, RASBERRIES AND RASBERRY LEAVES.

    Tastes great especially with a tad of sugar or sweetener added.

  5. It can also be found at Safeway.
    I buy raspberry leaf tea for my severe IBS and severe periods. It helps a little.

  6. I LOVE loose leaf red rasberry tea. I always go to starwest botanicals.com or the real store and get a 1 lb bag for $13.00 and a metal tea infuser ball for like $3.94. So for under 17 bucks i drink this every night and it has lasted 1.5 years. It’s a crazy good bulk deal and it’s in this aluminum style bag that keeps it fresh and sealed tight. Any one should check this out. Good luck!

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  13. Does anyone know if I can use the red raspberry caplets while breastfeeding? The tea just don’t appeal to my taste buds.

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