Red Raspberry Leaves
Red raspberry leaves are a wonderful, multi-tasking, wild herb.
Red raspberry leaves are:
An excellent women’s herb
An herb that balances hormones
Helpful in combating anemia
A good emergency bleeding suppressant
Good for relieving diarrhea
I’m pretty certain that every woman in the world would like to have a shorter, less painful, grouchy, monthly period.
The answer to your wish- Red Raspberry Leaves.
I’ve tried this herb for myself. For me, it works every time. If I want a five-day period instead of a seven-day period, I march out to the “briar patch” and pick some red raspberry leaves. If I don’t want to have PMS for ten days before I start, I go pick the leaves.
Red raspberry leaves are picked fresh, dried, then are ready to be made into tea. The fresh leaves can also be picked and boiled to make tea.
Here’s a recipe, if you want to make tea.
1 Gallon boiling water
16 TBLS of dried red raspberry leaves (or several handfuls of fresh-picked, rinsed, red raspberry leaves
Pour boiling water over the leaves and let them steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain. You can drink hot or cold. Drink 2 or 3 cups a day when you have your monthly period. Drink a cup per day the rest of the month. I ramp up on the red raspberry tea when I feel myself getting PMS. It really helps even out my mood. It also seems to help me start on time.
After I had my last child, every month I bled more heavily than before. My monthlies lasted a day and a half longer, too. Also, after each of my children, I would have a monthly every two weeks instead of once a month. This usually lasted for three months after drying up from the initial baby business. This was not fun! I was also extremely anemic after having my last child. I had to kneel in the shower because if I stood up, I couldn’t see. It took months to feel good again, and I was taking prescription iron. This caused digestive upset for me and my baby, due to breastfeeding.
If I had only known about red raspberry leaves, I would have been hunting high and low for them.
Even though I’ve given a recipe for Red Raspberry Tea, and that seems to be the preferred method of ingesting, I also pick the green leaves and eat them.
Unorthodox method maybe, but I’ve had decidedly positive results with eating the leaves. Sometimes I just don’t have time to make the tea.
If you think you’re brave enough to try it, here’s what I do:
Put on a good pair of LEATHER gloves. ( not the cute little cotton garden gloves)
Pick the leaves in the morning before the sun has burned of the dew. The leaves have more of the tannins at this time. Usually, I pick mostly the light-green tender leaves if I’m picking to eat only. I pick a few big, dark-green leaves, too, but mostly tender leaves. Be sure to pick only the leaves, if you are planning to eat them. If you get pieces of the cane, cut them off. If you are picking leaves for tea, you can just leave the cane pieces on the leaves. There’s nothing wrong with them, it’s just you don’t want to get any of the thorns in your teeth or gums.
On average, I pick 8 to 15 leaves all together, depending on the need that day. I would suggest starting on the low end of that scale.
Wash the leaves in cold water.
Roll the leaves like this.
The reason I recommend rolling the leaves is because of the thorns on the underside of the middle of the leaf. When the leaf is rolled around the thorns, putting the thorns in the middle of the “raspberry leaf cigar” you don’t really feel the thorns when you are chewing. Roll about 3 or 4 leaves up at a time.
Get a big glass of water handy.
The reason for this is, the tannins that give the red raspberry leaves the ability to staunch blood flow and tighten tissues, will also shrivel your tongue! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! It’s not as bad as the infamous unripe persimmon. If you’ve ever ignored that warning, then you know what I’m talking about! Never fear, as long as you have your Big Glass of Water, you should be ok. Just take a bite of the rolled up leaves, then chew a little, get a bit of water in your mouth, chew some more, and then swallow. Drink more water before you take another bite of leaves.
*CAUTION: If you are sensitive when swallowing things that are not easy to swallow, I advise drinking the red raspberry tea instead of eating raw red raspberry leaves. I don’t want anybody to get choked. If you’re not sure, start with no more than 1 small rolled leaf, and see if you can handle it.
Not only is red raspberry leaves good for monthly women’s problems, they are also beneficial before, during, and after pregnancy. Before pregnancy, they help to keep the uterus strong, and your hormones in balance. During pregnancy, they continue to keep the uterus strong, and in prime shape for delivery. After baby, red raspberry leaves help the uterus return to its normal size, decreases bleeding quickly, and also boosts milk supply, if you are breastfeeding.
*As with everything during pregnancy and breast feeding, ask an herbal practitioner, or your regular doctor, how much red raspberry leaf tea or leaves would be recommended for you, personally.
Red raspberry leaf makes an excellent emergency blood stop. If you get cut, chew slightly on some leaves, and place the leaves directly on the wound. **Watch out for the thorns! They should help lessen the blood flow until you can get medical assistance, if needed.
Red raspberry leaves can also assist in getting rid of diarrhea. You can add an extra couple handfuls of fresh leaves, or a couple extra TBLS of dried leaves to make a stronger version of the recipe for Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. Drink as needed.
Red Raspberry Leaf Odds and Ends
The light-green tender leaves are easier to chew and swallow, if you are only eating the leaves. However, if you want to make the tea, the big dark-green leaves make the best tea.
The more rain the red raspberry plant has received, and the recentness of the rain, makes for better quality red raspberry leaves. The leaves are more tender, and have stronger tannins. If the red raspberry plants have been subjected to little or no rain, and high temperatures, the plants will yield tough, dry, usually yellowing leaves that are not worth the effort to pick. They have little potency. You may as well eat sawdust.
Are there any horse-lovers out there? I’ve had some grouchy mares in my time. I saw this product in our local farm supply store, and bought it. It was supposed to help moody horses. The directions said to add a TBLS or two to the horse’s regular feed, and it would help the horse be less moody and jumpy. The one and only ingredient? Raspberry Leaves
I have given red raspberry leaves to my goat does when they have a hard time kidding. They will seek out red raspberry leaves to eat when they are pregnant, if you watch them.
Must be something to it!
I hope you enjoyed this article, and most of all, I hope it helps someone. Thank you very much for reading! If you have any questions, please email me at Angela@herbalpanther.com.
This article was written by Angela Griffin, Founder of herbalpanther.com