Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)
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ALSO KNOWN AS: red raspberry, garden raspberry
PLANT FAMILY: Rosaceae
PART(S) USED: Dried leaves
OVERVIEW: Recognized for its sweet fruits and pleasant tasting leaves, raspberry has been a cherished plant for hundreds of years. Raspberry leaves are generally drunk as a delicious raspberry leaf tea and has a flavour that resembles black tea. Red raspberry leaf is also popular in herbal infusion blends for both its taste and healthful qualities.
TRADITIONAL USES: Raspberry Leaf is most commonly known for being rich in vitamins and minerals and having antioxidant properties. In traditional herbal medicine, it is often made into a tea and used to relieve pre-menstrual (PMS) and pregnancy symptoms.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Avoid use of Raspberry Leaf if you have any hormone-sensitive conditions (such as breast cancer or endometriosis) as the herb can act like estrogen. Consult a healthcare practitioner before use, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, on any medications (especially those for hormone therapy or diabetes), or have any allergies, especially to plants in the Rosaceae family (which includes many berries, stone fruits, and almonds).
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.