Red raspberry leaf is used to make a tasty tea and is often combined with other tea herbs to give the beverages a more robust flavor. Raspberry contains tannins that give it an astringent flavor and make it a wonderful toning herb.*
Red raspberry leaves are chock full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, manganese, iron and niacin.* This is one of the reasons this herb is one of the most recommended herbs for women’s health.* Red raspberry leaf is used to tone the uterus before and during pregnancy as well as being helpful during and after childbirth.* The tannins in this herb are helpful for curbing diarrhea and morning sickness and the ferulic acid works as a uterine relaxant.* Many women drink a red raspberry tea to reduce inflammation and pain during menses.*
Botanical name: Rubus idaeus L.
Constituents of Note: Tannins are responsible for the astringency of raspberry leaves. Also present are several flavonoids and vitamin C.
The aroma of dried raspberry leave is faint and somewhat tea-like; the flavor is astringent and green, with a bitter finish.