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RED RASPBERRY (Rubus idaeus) : “The herb for pregnancy”[see the end of the article!]….and more

Modern use is based on the traditional uses of raspberry for its astringent effects [“mekavetz”] [because of the tannins like in tea] for mouth sores, irritated mucous membranes, diarrhoea and enuresis[bed-wetting] The dried fruits are used in traditional Chinese medicine [TCM] for bed-wetting

Tea: 2 teaspoons of the leaves in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain after 5 minutes, drink up to three times a day
Gargle with tea for irritated mucous membranes.
Cream made with red raspberry leaves and Melissa and used herpes of the lips [or Melissa alone,easier available]
Side Effects: none, some people may be allergic
Pregnancy: used in pregnancy, see below
Red raspberries tea is being examined for preventive/therapeutic anti-cancer effects [colon cancer, cervical cancer]

Pregnancy tonic. Two studies found that raspberry leaf used throughout pregnancy did not shorten the first stage of labour but did shorten the second stage. An unexpected finding in both studies was that women who took this herb had reduced need for artificial rupture of their membranes, cesarean sections, or forceps delivery than the control groups (Parsons et al., 1999; Simpson et al., 2001).


Pregnancy tonic, as a tea, to strengthen the uterus, reduce morning sickness, and prevent miscarriage

Kuhn, Merrily A.. Winston & Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach (p. 363). Lippincot (Wolters Kluwer Health). Kindle Edition.