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What Are the Uses of Raspberry Leaves?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
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  • Last Modified Date: 16 December 2018
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Many alternative medicine enthusiasts use raspberry leaves as both an alternative treatment for a variety physical problems and as a nutritional supplement during pregnancy. Raspberry leaves are, for example, said to help with such symptoms as upset stomach, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and sore throat. People usually consume the herb in tea, but it can also be taken as an extract. Scientists have yet to settle on a standard dosage.

Raspberry leaf is often recommended by alternative medicine practitioners for a range of ailments. It is said to help relieve such symptoms as sore throat, upset stomach, diarrhea, and heavy or painful periods. This herb may also be used in mouthwash to help relieve the discomfort of canker sores, throat infections, and swollen gums.

Some alternative medicine experts advise women to use raspberry leaves to enhance their fertility. The herb is also said to be beneficial during pregnancy for relieving sore and bleeding gums, morning sickness, and uncomfortable cramping of the uterus. Raspberry leaf also provides a person with essential vitamins and minerals, which makes it useful before and during pregnancy. The vitamins and minerals are thought to help boost an expectant mother's immune system, aid in the post-birth healing process, and reduce pain during labor.

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Many people take raspberry leaves in tea form. In order to make this herb-infused tea, one can use about a cup (236.59 milliliters) of boiling water and a couple of spoonfuls of this herb, allowing it to steep for several minutes. A person can typically find the herb at a health food or natural medicine shop, but some people choose to grow it themselves.

When used to treat a sore throat or an stomach upset, raspberry leaves are often consumed in cold tea. For other symptoms, they may be used in hot tea or as an extract. The amount of raspberry leaf a person uses depends on the method of consumption, as the extract is often stronger than the leaves used in tea. A person can also consume leaves in vinegar, wine, and syrup. Syrups made from raspberry leaves are thought to be especially helpful for sore throats.

There are no known serious side effects associated with the consumption of raspberry leaves. They are not recommended, however, for young children, as scientists have yet to come to a conclusion concerning side effects in babies or children. Some individuals have also reported upset stomach after taking this herb. Since response to alternative treatments can vary, a person may do well to speak with his or her doctor before taking any alternative medicines, including raspberry leaves.

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