🍃 Herb of the week: Raspberry leaf 🍃

Latin name: Rubus Idaeus
Botanical family: Roseaceae (Rose)
Energetics (Chinese medicine): Bitter, Sour, Cool

Properties:
● Astringent
● Antioxidant
● Reproductive system support
● Immune support
● Ease PMS symptoms

Safety: Safe for all ages. Safe for pregnant and nursing women. The information in our Herbal Club is intended only as a general reference for further research. It does not provide toxicity levels or all possible interactions with prescription drugs. This information should only be used under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any ailment.

American red raspberry is a native North America, commonly found growing wild in loamy soils. It is a deciduous shrub that grows up to 1.5 meters high. The flowers are white to greenish white. The round fruit ripens in late July through September and can be red, purple, gold, or black in color; the gold variety tastes the sweetest. They are thought to have been eaten since prehistoric times, but only began to be cultivated in England and France in about the 1600s.

Everyone knows raspberries are a healthy snack, but not as many know about the benefits of the leaves of the plant. Tea is the most common way of ingesting the leaves, but tinctures can also be made. Red raspberry leaf tea is commonly drunk by women to improve PMS symptoms, pregnancy/labor, and general feminine health.

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