Raspberry Leaf Rubus idaeus
A popular uterine stimulant with astringent and tonic properties.
This is one of the most popular pregnancy herbs because it has both relaxing and toning or astringent actions, with a particular affinity for the uterus. The astringent and stimulating properties help to strengthen and tone up the uterine and pelvic muscles, while the relaxing and more soothing properties relax the uterus at the same time.
Raspberry leaf is still used to encourage easier childbirth, probably due to its ability to strengthen the longitudinal muscles of the uterus, increasing and coordinating contractions.
A raspberry leaf decoction is also used to relieve diarrhea.
Externally, the leaves are used as an eyewash for conjunctivitis, a mouthwash for mouth sores, wounds, or excessive vaginal discharge.
The berries are nutritious and mildly astringent.
Raspberry leaves are also useful in treating premenstrual discomforts, bed-wetting, morning sickness and sore throats.