Raspberry Benefits

Latin Name

Rubus idaeus


North America and Canada

Parts Used

Leaves and fruit

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Raspberry leaves and fruit are becoming well known for their anti-oxidant qualities, and their power to fight free radicals.

However Raspberry's other chief use is as a women's tonic. It is a uterine relaxant and tonic so it is excellent if taken during pregnancy for uterine irritability, for the prevention of miscarriage, for relieving morning sickness, and for strengthening and toning the womb as a preparation for labour. It is also known to assist the body in labour with contractions and in preventing haemorrhage.

It has an astringent action so is useful for diarrhea, internal and external bleeding. It is rich in Vit C, E and selenium.

Raspberry is also indicated for use in some eye disorders, it is known to be helpful for cataracts, retinal blood vessel damage and in Diabetes.

Typical Use

Raspberry leaf Herbal Tincture-
Made from fresh herb
Take 2-4ml up three times a day
or as directed by a herbalist.

Folklore and History

For millennia European and Native American women have safely used raspberry leaf for irregular menstruation, menstrual cramps and during pregnancy.


Polypeptides, Flavonoids, mainly Kaempferol and quercitin, Tannins, Fruit sugar, volatile oil, Pectin, citric acid, Malic acid.


None known however Raspberry leaf may cause mild loosening of stools and nausea.