Raspberry leaf | Rubus idaeus
Raspberry is an incredible plant, both for its deliciously sweet taste, and for its medicinal properties. Raspberry leaves can be especially helpful for women, as it can ease premenstrual symptoms, like cramping and nausea.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Though all women can benefit greatly from raspberry leaves, pregnant mothers have historically used them the most. One study even found that the fragarine compound in the leaves can help tone muscles in the pelvic area. Motherlove strategically uses this herb in the Morning Sickness Blend and More Milk Two, for its hemostatic and astringent effects.
Aside from being beneficial for the female reproductive system, the plant contains essential nutrients for the body, such as calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and E.
What It Looks Like: Raspberry is a prickly shrub with sharp-toothed leaflets. The plant has white, cup-shaped flowers that turn into the traditional red berries you know as raspberries. The berries can be made into jam or syrup.
Things to Know: Raspberry is known to be safe to ingest for most people, but allergic reactions to raspberries can occur. Motherlove always recommends speaking with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about taking an herbal, or non-herbal, supplement.