Raspberry leaf tea is an herbal remedy thought to be useful for colds, sore throats, canker sores and diarrhea. It may also keep nails, bones, teeth and skin healthy. When combined with peppermint, it may assist with morning sickness during pregnancy.
The tea is made from the leaves of the red raspberry plant, which is better known for having berries. Raspberry bushes are native to North America.
Raspberry leaves are also thought to be helpful in addressing women's health issues. The remedy is used mainly to help with excessive menstrual flow.
The herb is thought to relax uterine and intestinal spasms. Many women also use the herb after pregnancy to help tone the uterus after delivery.
Native Americans have used red raspberry teas for thousands of years and contrary to popular belief, it does not cause contractions. Women having complications should check with their physician first, however.
The tea when cool can be used as an astringent on irritated skin and as a mouth wash or gargle.
The leaf of the raspberry bush is high in tannins, which are thought to help relieve diarrhea. Though, this treatment alone is generally not enough to resolve the problem.
Additionally, raspberry leaves are rich in calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, and Vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E.
To make the leaf tea, pour one cup of boiling water over two teaspoons of raspberry leaves. Steep for 15 minutes. May be used up to six times a day for acute problems; use up to three times a day for preventative problems. This herb is also available as a tincture.
Infants should not be given this herb and it is contraindicated for women who are breast feeding.
Diabetics, women with endometriosis, uterine fibroids, breast cancer, ovarian cancer or uterine cancer and men with prostate cancer should also use caution or avoid this mixture.
The herb can interfere with the absorption of non-prescription drugs, so drink it at least 2 hours before or after taking vitamins or prescription medications.
As with any herbal treatment, always check with your healthcare provider before use to ensure it is appropriate for your medical situation.