Although raspberries are consumed throughout the world, raspberry leaf is one of those herbal remedies that not many people have heard of. That’s probably because it has a very narrow focus – 90% of the time it is used by pregnant women.
Other ailments that may benefit from it include stomach upsets and throat infections.
The primary use for raspberry leaf is undoubtedly during pregnancy, when it supports and strengthens the mother’s body in many ways. It has a powerful combination of vitamins A, B, C, and D, plus the minerals phosphorus, potassium and calcium.
Generally, raspberry leaf provides a wonderful natural mixture with positive and varied effects for the mother and child. Even after birth, this potent combination of vitamins and minerals helps to replace nutrients lost during the trauma of childbirth.
Away from pregnancy, raspberry leaf can be used as a gentle anti-inflammatory, and a soothing remedy for stomach upsets and diarrhea. It has a mild formula that is often used for children. Additionally it is taken as a mouthwash to calm mouth and throat infections.
It is thought that raspberry leaf may lower blood sugar levels, so diabetics should avoid it.