Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry

Also known as- Rubus idaeus, Red Raspberry, Raspberry, and Wild Raspberry.


Raspberry leaves are among the most pleasant-tasting of all the herbal remedies, with a taste much like black tea, without the caffeine. Teas of raspberry leaf tea were given to women of the Cherokee, Iroquois, and Mohawk nations in North America, and have earned approval of the authoritative British Herbal Compendium.


Flavonoids, tannins, and elagic acid.

Parts Used

Dried leaf. Raspberry leaves gathered in spring before the plant flowers have the highest antioxidant content.

Typical Preparations

Tea. To make raspberry leaf tea, pour 1 cup (240 ml) of boiling water over 1 or 2 teaspoons (3-5 grams) of dried leaf. Close the teapot and allow to stand for 10 minutes, then sweeten to taste. During pregnancy, drink 2 to 3 cups daily. Drink warm.
Raspberry leaf tea can be mixed with slippery elm powder to make a soothing poultice for minor burns and skin infection.
Some herbalists make tinctures of raspberry leaf with Partridgeberry for use by expectant mothers. Many herbal teas include raspberry to "stabilize" the other ingredients. May also be taken as a capsule, though rare.


Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant. Commentators frequently state that recent scientific research found no benefit in raspberry tea for expectant mothers, but this is not correct. The study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2001 found that women who drank raspberry leaf tea had shorter labor, and fewer of their babies were delivered by forceps. The other study, published in the Australian College of Midwives Journal, cited in The Natural Pharmacist as saying there was "no" benefit to the herb for pregnant women, actually stated:
"The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group."
In other words, scientific studies show that drinking raspberry tea actually is beneficial during pregnancy.

Health Benefits of Red Raspberry

  • Eye Protection
  • Cancer Protection
  • Diabetes Protection
  • Pregnancy & Labor


Safe dosages for children under the age of 6 and for persons with liver or kidney disease have not been established.


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