Raspberry Leaf: Not Just for Women

Jun 25, 20230 comments

Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus folium) has been used for centuries as an herbal tonic for women. This shrub commonly grows in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. It is a uterine tonic and is helpful with abnormal and/or painful periods. Raspberry leaf has historically been used for women’s health concerns, but its health applications are much more. It is a good source of antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and astringent.

Modern research shows it also helps with mouth and throat inflammation. A 1:1 tincture of raspberry leaf, when 5 mL was consumed twice a day in water, was found to greatly reduce oral lichen planus. Further research still needs to be done as it was a very small study, but the results are promising. Raspberry leaf has also been shown to be helpful with mild diarrhea.

Additionally, this herb can be useful as a health tonic. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc. It is a mild, pleasant tasting herb that can be taken in tea, tincture, or capsule form. For women who are pregnant, this herb is not generally recommended during the first trimester. As always, ask the advice of your doctor before making lifestyle changes.

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Bowman, R., Taylor, J., Muggleton, S. et al. 2021. “Biophysical Effects, Safety and Efficacy of Raspberry Leaf Use in Pregnancy: A Systematic Integrative Review.” BMC Complement Med Ther, 21(56). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-021-03230-4

Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC). 2014. “Assessment Report on Rubus idaeus L., folium.” European Medicines Afency, Science Medicines Health. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-report/final-assessment-report-rubus-idaeus-l-folium_en.pdf

Vickers, E. Russel et al. 2015. “Raspberry Leaf Herbal Extract Significantly Reduces Pain and Inflammation in Oral Lichen Planus Patients – A Case Series Analysis.” Open Journal of Dentistry and Oral Medicine, 3(3): 73-81. doi: 10.13189/ojdom.2015.030303


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