RASPBERRY LEAF TINCTURE DOSAGE DETAILS
Take 1 teaspoonful 3 times daily.
For general prevention and for promotion of healthy function of female reproductive organs: Take 1 teaspoonful 3 times daily.
For moderate menstrual cramps and premenstrual pain: Take 1 teaspoonful when it occurs.
For severe menstrual cramps and pain: Take 2 teaspoonful when it occurs.
(Note: Eliminate sugar and processed foods from your diet, to prevent severe menstrual cramps.)
Raspberry Leaf Juice can be used as a nice additive to your tea. (few drops). Raspberry Leaf Juice can also be used during pregnancy and while nursing!
Raspberry Leaf is known as one of the best all-around tonics for the female reproductive organs and for pregnancy.
You are probably familiar with the popular fruit, the Raspberry (Rubus idaeus). The raspberry is native to many parts of Europe and North America. The leaves of the raspberry plant have been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. It is thought to have many varied properties including those that are beneficial for menstrual problems, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Traditional uses of Red Raspberry Tincture:
- for PMS symptoms
- for Menstrual pain (our tincture can eliminate the strongest menstrual cramps within 10 min. of consumption!!! )
- to regulate irregular menstruation cycles
- to ease the symptoms of morning sickness
- to soothe and prevent bleeding gums, which many pregnant women often experience
- to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus when it is contracting (Burn & Withell, 1941)
- to assist with the birth of the baby and the placenta.
- to calm cramping of the uterus
- to provide a rich source of iron, calcium, manganese, and magnesium. The magnesium content is especially helpful in strengthening the uterine muscles
- Raspberry leaf also contains vitamins B1, B3, and E, which are valuable in pregnancy
- to help eliminate magnesium deficiency symptoms
Raspberry leaf is also used for the following:
- to aid fertility
- to promote a plentiful supply of breast milk
- to help stop excess bleeding after birth
- to treat diarrhea
- to regulate irregular menstrual cycle and to decrease heavy periods
- to relieve sore throats
- to reduce fever
It is thought that around one-fifth of pregnant women take some form of raspberry leaf.
Women believe that it will shorten labor and make the birth easier. The use of this herb for remedial purposes dates back to the sixth century, and its benefits in childbirth have been recorded as a proven aid in maternity in the most ancient of herbal books.
This information is for information purposes only. Please consult your health care practitioner before taking raspberry leaf.
Our Red Raspberry Leaf Tincture
is made from the expeller pressed green raspberry leaves juice, and is preserved with grain alcohol (20%).
It has Extreme Strength because it is made from the juice of fresh raspberry leaves.
Most other tinctures are made from dried raspberry leaves, and their potency is less then 20% of the potency of our tincture
Thanks to Myra Parsons (Research Midwife)
who assisted with the preparation of this article
Has there been any research on the effects of Raspberry Leaf?
There has been research on the effects of raspberry leaf extracts on animals and on women in the first week after birth (Burn & Withell, 1941; Whitehouse, 1941). Raspberry leaf was found to cause a relaxant effect on the uterus. It was believed that this relaxant effect caused the uterine contractions of labor to become better coordinated and more efficient, thus shortening the length of labor. It is also commonly assumed that women who take raspberry leaf throughout labor will have an improved second and third stage of labour. Consequently there is supposed to be a reduced risk of bleeding after birth.
Three midwives from Westmead Hospital in Sydney looked at the literature to try to find further research on the use of Raspberry leaf and its effects on labor. They could find no such research. These same midwives decided to do their own research. The first study they carried out was an observational study on women who were currently taking raspberry leaf in pregnancy. They compared them to women who did not take any raspberry leaf. There were 108 women in the study (57 taking raspberry leaf and 51 who did not take any). Some women started taking raspberry leaf in their pregnancy as early as 8 weeks and others started as late as 39 weeks. Most women however started taking raspberry leaf between 28 and 34 weeks in their pregnancy. The findings of the observational study suggested that the raspberry leaf herb can be consumed by women during their pregnancy for the purpose for which it is taken, that is, to shorten labour with no identified side effects for the women or their babies. An unexpected finding in this study was that the women in the raspberry leaf group were less likely to require an artificial rupture of membranes, a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.
Two of the three original midwives (Myra Parsons and Michele Simpson) decided that the next step was to perform a randomised controlled trial, using a larger sample, to substantiate the findings of the observational study. This second study was completed earlier this year. Parsons (2000) reports that this second study demonstrated the safety of raspberry leaf tablets (2.4gm daily) taken from 32 weeks pregnancy until the commencement of labour. There were no side effects identified for mother or baby.
The analysis of the findings suggested that raspberry leaf tablets shortened the second stage of labour by an average of 10 minutes but made no difference to the length of the first stage of labour. Raspberry leaf tablets reduced the incidence of artificial rupture of membranes, forceps and ventouse births. Although the reduced incidence of these interventions did not prove to be statistically significant - the researches stated that these results are clinically significant.
How is Raspberry Leaf tincture used?
A tincture is an alcohol/water based extract of the herb raspberry leaf. Take 1 tbsp of raspberry leaf tincture (20% alcohol) 1 - 3 times a day.
Raspberry Leaf has been recommended by naturopaths and herbalists as well as some midwives and obstetricians.
Consult a health care provider regarding the type of preparation and what dosage to take.
When is the best time to start taking Raspberry Leaf?
Raspberry Leaf tincture can be used at any time, including during pregnancy.
Are there any known side effects to Raspberry Leaf?
Both recent studies on Raspberry leaf found that there were no reported side effects (Parsons 1999; Parsons 2000). Anecdotal reports say that Raspberry leaf may cause nausea, increased Braxton Hicks contractions and diarrhoea. However, more research is needed involving larger numbers of women before we will truly know if there are any side effects.
Burn J. H. & Withell E. R. (1941). A principle in raspberry leaves which relaxes uterine muscle. The Lancet, July 5, pp. 1-3.
Thomas. C. L. (ed.). (1985). Tabers cyclopedic medical dictionary 16th ed. F. A.Davis: Philadelphia.
Parsons, M. (1999). Raspberry leaf. Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Newsletter, 1(2), pp. 1-2.
Parsons, M. (2000). [Raspberry leaf]. Emailed report
Queensland Health. (1997). A health start in life: Nutrition for mother and child. Author: Coorparoo.
Whitehouse B. (1941). Fragrance: an inhibitor of uterine action.British Medical Journal, Sept 13, pp. 370-371.
Wilson, M. (1993). Herbal tea consumption during pregnancy. Author: Wollongong.
What is "inside" Red Raspberry Leaf Tincture?
Red Raspberry Leaf Tincture is a tincture based on grain alcohol, composed of grain alcohol (20%), purified spring water(50%), and freshly pressed juice from Red Raspberry Leaves.
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