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.