Raspberry leaves: the ally of all women

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 Vigorous, bushy and very hardy, the raspberry is a fruit-bearing shrub with slightly thorny aerial stems, which can reach 1.50 meters in height.

Belonging to the Rosaceae family , this sub-shrub and close to the bramble is native to the undergrowth and edges of the mountainous regions of Western Europe. It generally grows wild, and has a preference for light, humus-rich soils. It produces self-fertile white flowers and tasty fruits , rich in potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and iron.

Its leaves have long been associated with the health of the female reproductive system , and their virtues are touted in the treatment of associated ailments.

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A bit of history about raspberry leaves

According to a Greek legend, the raspberry was highly appreciated by the gods of Olympus, who believed it originated from Mount Ida (Crete). The word “raspberry” comes from “rubus idaes” which means “Ida’s bramble”.

It was not until the 19th century that the raspberry entered French culinary habits, and its marketing only developed from 1950.

Cultivated in France for its perfume , its therapeutic properties and the manufacture of drinks , the wild raspberry bush is very present in the Vosges, the Auvergne mountains and the Alps.

As for its leaves , the story goes that they were used by the Native Americans of the North for:

  • tone their uterus
  • restore hormonal balance
  • regulate their menstrual cycle
  • stimulate fertility
  • promote labor during childbirth
  • relieve the symptoms of menopause .

Benefits and virtues of raspberry leaves

For a long time, the therapeutic virtues of medicinal plants were allocated to the female reproductive system .

A true ally for women from the beginning to the end of pregnancy , raspberry leaves are rich in iron, vitamins C and E, calcium , potassium , minerals and folic acid . They also contain flavonoids and tannins .

Before pregnancy, they are an excellent natural resource for a good hormonal balance as well as a regularization of menstrual cycles. Its antispasmodic effect on the uterine muscles helps relieve painful menstruation . Its calcium content tones the pelvic girdle, the uterus, thus stimulating fertility .

During pregnancy, their toning effects on the uterus reduce the risk of miscarriage.

During childbirth , their anti-contracting and toning effect on the uterus promotes delivery work.

To combat intestinal problems (indigestion, diarrhoea), herbalists recommend raspberry leaves for their astringent effect . To relieve sore throats, a raspberry leaf tea mouthwash is often recommended.

They have as much of a noticeable effect on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease as other disorders of the nervous system .

Use of raspberry leaves

On sale in pharmacies , dried raspberry leaves are for internal use, taken in the form of:

  • Capsules  : Take 500-600 g of dried raspberry leaves, 2-4 times a day.
  • Infusion  : in 25 cl of water, boil for 5 minutes, 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried raspberry leaves. Filter. Then add lemon and/or honey. Drink 1 cup, 2 or 3 times a day.

In case of sore throat or diarrhoea , the appropriate treatment is done by extraction of the tannins after a maceration time of 15 to 30 minutes.

In general, depending on the needs, the dosage is 8 cl, 3 or 4 times a day.

This herbal tea (which can be associated with sage without side effects) has regulatory effects on the menstrual cycle, and soothing on the cramps that can accompany it.

However, its astringent effect can decrease the production of breast milk. Breastfeeding women should not consume it.

In case of pregnancy , medical advice is indicated.

– Tincture : take 5 ml, twice a day (or refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations).

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