Topically, raspberry leaf can be used as a mouthwash to treat canker sores, gingivitis, sore throat, and tonsillitis; as a douche to treat leukorrhea or organ prolapse; as an eyewash to reduce discharge and inflammation in the eyes; or in lotions, toners, or masks to tone and soothe oily or inflamed skin.
European wild raspberry, Ahududu, American Red Raspberry, bramble of Mount Ida, hindberry, raspbis; Common Red Raspberry, Framboises, Frambosia, Frambueso, Red Raspberry, Wild Raspberry, hindberry, raspbis; Framboisier (French);
Wild raspberries have been picked and eaten since prehistoric times. According to Dioscorides, the raspberry originated at Mount Ida, in Crete, from which it got its names “Mount Ida bramble” and idaeus.
In 1735, the Irish herbalist K’Eogh described uses for raspberry flowers and fruit: “An application of the flowers bruised with honey is beneficial for inflammations of the eyes, burning fever and boils…The fruit is good for the heart and diseases of the mouth.”
Raspberry leaves have also been taken for centuries, often in the form of a tea, to help speed childbirth. Native Americans used the shrub as an astringent, making an infusion, or tea, of the root bark, which they applied to sore eyes.
Raspberry bushes are easy to cultivate. They prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade and require moderate amounts of water.
Astringent, tonic, parturient
Anemia, diarrhea (even in infants), dysentery, dysmenorrhea, hemorrhage, herpes, incontinence, infertility, laryngitis, muscle cramps, miscarriage (threat of), menorrhagia, morning sickness, mumps, nausea, overactive bladder, ovulation difficulty, prolapse of the uterus or anus, rheumatism, sore throat, stomachache, thrush, and weak vision.
The leaf tea is traditionally drunk by expectant mothers during the last three months of pregnancy to strengthen the uterus and to ease painful contractions during labor as well as checking any hemorrhage. This action will occur if the herb is drunk regularly throughout pregnancy and also taken during labor. Although the specific mode of action is unknown, the leaves are thought to strengthen the longitudinal muscles of the uterus, increasing the force of contractions and thereby hastening childbirth.
Dosage (Divided Daily)
• Dried Leaf: 4,000 – 8,000mg (as a tea)
• Tincture: 5 – 15mL (1:2)
Interactions with other drugs
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