Red Raspberry

Also indexed as:Raspberry Leaf, Rubus idaeus
Red Raspberry: Main Image© Steven Foster

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Common names:
Raspberry Leaf
Botanical names:
Rubus idaeus

Parts Used & Where Grown

Raspberry bushes are native to North America and are cultivated in Canada. Although most well known for its delicious berries, raspberry’s leaves are used in medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Red raspberry leaves contain astringent tannins that are helpful for soothing sore throats.
Diarrhea
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Red raspberry is an astringent herb traditionally used for diarrhea. Raspberry leaves are high in tannins and may relieve acute diarrhea.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Support
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Rich in vitamins and minerals, red raspberry is traditionally used to strengthen and invigorate the uterus, increase milk flow, and restore the mother’s system after childbirth.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Raspberry leaves have been used by herbalists to treat diarrhea. In traditional herbalism and midwifery, red raspberry has been connected to female health, including pregnancy. It was considered a remedy for excessive menstrual flow (menorrhagia) and as a “partus prepartor,” or an agent used during pregnancy to help prevent complications.1

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