So, who doesn't like those lovely jewels that we call raspberry?!? Of course, most everyone I know does! Sweet, tender, juicy bits of goodness!
But did you know that the LEAF is also full of goodness also? Yes, it is!
For thousands of years raspberry leaf has been used for medicine. Rubus idaeus, known to us as the Raspberry, has been used to help ladies in during the last three months of pregnancy to strengthen the uterus and to ease painful contractions during labor as well as checking any hemorrhage.
Even though we, as finite human beings, do not understand the 'how' of it; our loving Creator put within this plant some properties which helps us at this time of life. It is thought that the way that Raspberry helps in childbirth is by strengthening the longitudinal muscles of the uterus, increasing the force of contractions and thereby hastening childbirth.
But that is not the only way that Raspberry is helpful for ladies! It is also used to treat irregular and excessive menstruation, also. I have used it for myself and my clients to help ease PMS symptoms as well.
This same Raspberry is helpful for diarrhea in little people, and an infusion of the leaves makes a good mouthwash for ulcers and bleeding gums.
Raspberry leaves combined with ginger can be used to treat any kind of nausea, and with a pinch of cayenne, they can also promote blood circulation in the feet and hands.
For veterinary uses: For retention of puppies, Juliette de Bairacli Levy advises bitches be given two tablespoons powdered raspberry leaves mixed with molasses and water at four-hour internals for several days. Dog breeders who administer raspberry tea freely throughout their animals’ pregnancies report easy whelping. (that's for those dog breeders :) )
Wow!! Who would have thought that there was such help from the Raspberry leaf?!? The fruit seems to always be in the spotlight and get all of the attention. Maybe it is time to start looking beyond the fruit and seeing the increased values of this gift from God!
We carry Raspberry leave in bulk in our store. We sell it by the ounce or the pound.
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Wishing you a healthy day~
Sara and the Ol' Farmhouse family