Red raspberry leaf has been used for centuries as a plant ally and is known as the “woman’s herb.” Science has also started to catch up and finding that red raspberry leaf is full of healing properties that can support women at every stage of their cycle.
A Few of Red Raspberry Leaf’s Healing Benefits:
Nutrient Rich and Then Some
Red raspberry leaf is high in vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamins B, A, C, and E. It’s also a high source of iron — one ounce can provide 18% of a woman’s daily iron needs (a nutrient that can be especially helpful during menstruation).
When incorporated as part of a pelvic steaming practice, red raspberry leaf can strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles that in turn helps prepare the womb for childbirth and also prevent excessive bleeding after birth. It’s all thanks to the red raspberry leaf’s plant compound, fragrine, that can tone and prevent spasms in the pelvic area. Our founder discovered that using red raspberry leaf in her own pelvic steaming practice greatly helped her in her postpartum journey. You can read more about that here.
Cycle Relief at Every Stage
Red raspberry leaf has been found to ease symptoms of PMS and support healthy menstruation. However, it has also been shown to help women dealing with endometriosis and menopause. It’s said to be particularly helpful around perimenopause as its cooling nature is believed to soothe symptoms such as hot flashes that occur as the body adjusts to its next life stage.
Improves Digestive Issues
If you struggle with bloating or other digestive issues around the time of your period or even more generally, red raspberry leaf’s naturally high sources of calcium, magnesium, and potassium can help with these challenges.
Another benefit of red raspberry leaf is that it’s very easy to incorporate into your lifestyle including healing (and delicious) teas and in pelvic steaming practices (if you’re looking for a herbal blend with red raspberry leaf, you can check out our proprietary blend Womb Protector™ here).