Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)
Raspberry leaf is commonly known as an herb to address predominantly female matters. It is used for period cramps and is also taken during the third trimester of pregnancy to prepare for labor. Studies have shown that raspberry leaf may have a toning effect on the muscles of the uterus which helps with those two things especially.
BUT! I am here to tell you it has more to offer to everyone.
For one, it is rich in Nutrients. Raspberry leaves feature several great vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients contribute to overall health and well-being for anyone.
Raspberry leaves contain antioxidants like quercetin and ellagic acid. These compounds help protect cells from oxidative stress and may play a role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
Some research suggests that raspberry leaf can have a soothing effect on the digestive system, potentially alleviating issues like diarrhea and upset stomach.
If you are interested in trying it, I should let you know Raspberry leaves do not taste like raspberries! At least in tea form, it has a very neutral grassy herbal taste. It is not sweet but the taste is not at all unpleasant so don't fear. You can buy premade tea bags. The brand "Traditional medicinals" is a great one. You can also buy the loose leaves at an apothacary or order them online. (Amazon and Etsy are both surprisingly amazing for herbs!)
1 teaspoon of raspberry leaves per 8oz boiling water. Great with honey.