Updated: Feb 15, 2020
Red Raspberry Leaf, what have you heard about this juicy plant?
If you have ever been pregnant, chances are this plant has been mentioned, or perhaps you drank it freely in your pregnancy as recommended by wise women. As an herbalist and doula, the information, rather, the MISinformation about this plant is abundant. Many people have been told that this tea should only be drank in your final weeks of pregnancy, which is just so untrue.
Red Raspberry Leaves have been well known for thousands of years as a nourishing tonic. Tonic herbs are best classified as mineral and nutrient dense, clarifying and supportive plants with multiple functions in the body. Most tonic herbs are safe for most conditions, including pregnancy, and support normal bodily functions to maintain or encourage optimal health. Some of my very favorite herbs are tonics, just as Nettles and Alfalfa!
Red Raspberry leaf, a valuable womens tonic, has an infinity for supporting the uterus- making it not only an important herb for a pregnant woman, but for all women with a uterus. We all know that the juicy berries are an amazing source of antioxidants, but the leaves themselves contain critical nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, B vitamins, and vitamin E- just to name a few.
The important piece to note is that Red Raspberry leaves are not emmenagogues or abortificients, meaning that they do not directly stimulate menstruation or birth. I believe that misconceptions revolving around RRL are due to a number of things. Many women are told not to drink the tea leaves unt