Red Raspberry LeafRubus idaeus
Energetics: Cooling, Drying, Toning
Actions: Uterine tonic (Supports uterine function), Nutritive, Galactagogue (Increases milk production)
Found in: Moon + Mood
While we know Raspberries as delicious fruit full of antioxidants, the leaves of the plant are highly medicinal as well. They are very rich in nutrients, especially in Magnesium and Calcium, which are essential to nourish the body; for female-bodied people, these nutrients prove essential for reducing PMS discomforts and contribute to healthy pregnancy1. Red Raspberry leaf especially helps tone the uterus, which can normalize contractions during menstruation and help encourage successful contractions during childbirth2. Regular use of Red Raspberry leaf can therefore be helpful to reduce PMS and menstrual cramps, and it is a premiere tonic to support pregnancy and return the healthy functioning of the uterus postpartum. It also shines postpartum by working as a galactagogue, where its nutrient density helps support the production of breast milk3.
- Walls, D. (2009). Herbs and natural therapies for pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 24(2), 29.
- McFarlin, B. L., Gibson, M. H., O’Rear, J., & Harman, P. (1999). A national survey of herbal preparation use by nurse-midwives for labor stimulation: Review of the literature and recommendations for practice. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 44(3), 205-216.
- Bharti, S. K., Sharma, N. K., Gupta, A. K., Murari, K., & Kumar, A. (2012). Pharmacological actions and potential uses of diverse Galactogogues in Cattle. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 2(1), 24-28.