RASPBERRY LEAF, Rubus idaeus rosaceae

A few years ago, I got a long distance call from our daughter. You could hear the baby screaming in the background. Her voice sounded desperate and she said, “I wish I knew what to do for the baby. I think she’s cutting teeth and she has been crying now for two days. I’ve tried everything that the doctor suggested, and that I can think of, but nothing works. I feel like I’m losing my mind.” My daughter was modern and not into herbs yet. I asked her if she had given the baby any of that red raspberry leaf tea that I had sent to her. She said “She won’t take anything.” I said, “Try to give her some red raspberry leaf tea and make sure she gets a good taste of it.”

We got a call back and she said somewhat embarrassed, “I think I’ve seen a miracle. When the baby got the taste of that tea, she grabbed the bottle out my hand and drank it all. She had stopped crying, but I gave her another bottle of the tea anyway, and she drank that, too.’ She called back later and said the baby had slept well that night so she gave her more tea the next day. That night, the tooth came through, thanks to the raspberry leaf tea.

Red raspberry leaf tea is very nutritious. It has more accessible and assimilable calcium and magnesium than can be had from almost any other available source. It is about the best thing an expectant mother can take to help her overcome morning sickness. It has most all the minerals needed to build a strong, healthy fetus. Red raspberry leaf will help her to maintain a strong healthy body. It will help her to guard against a miscarriage. It will help her to quiet and overcome premature pains. It will assist labor and make delivery easier, because it contains a uterine relaxant principle. It relieves after-pains, and red raspberry leaf tea is one of the best tonics for mother and baby while nursing. One of the old herb books spoke fondly about the red raspberry leaf and called it the panacea of pregnancy. That’s quite an endorsement.
There are many reports that red raspberry leaf tea will help to prepare the mother’s body so she will have an easier delivery. That is the reason this herb and others are in the five week formula that some expectant mothers take just weeks before the baby’s comes. In Dr. Shook’s book, he tells of an elderly nurse who called on him for some red raspberry leaves and she bore testimony to the effectiveness of red raspberry leaf tea. She said, “I have been a nurse and midwife for 37 years and during that time, I have taken (delivered) two thousand children (babies) without losing a single case. The only medicine I give during labor is red raspberry leaf tea with a little composition powder in it, which is very precious as you know, and even if the child is not right, it will cause it to turn and produce an easy and speedy delivery.

Red raspberry leaf, or alfalfa, will increase the mother’s milk flow. But if the mother’s milk is poor, the baby will be cross and hungry soon after feeding. An herb that will make the milk richer is marsh mallow (malva neglecta). Red raspberry leaf tea will cleanse and tone the alimentary tract, and help acanker condition. It is good for colic and will help to prevent or overcome thrush. It is good for an upset stomach and it will overcome diarrhea, especially in babies or children. It is soothing and healing for those who have ulcers or yeast infection. It is healing and has the ability to carry oxygen. It is one of the main herbs in Grandma’s herbal Cal-Herb formula.

Allergy sufferers: Red raspberry leaf tea builds up the mineral reserves in the body to help overcome allergies and arthritis. It is quite tasty, especially if blended with another herb, such as mint or camomile. Just use one teaspoon of the leaf to a cup of hot water. What a great herb!


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