The perennial red raspberry plant (rubus idaeus) is native to North and South America, Asia and Europe. The tea leaf contains vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as phophorous, potassium, calcium and is a rich source of iron. The tea has been long known to have potent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. The alkoloid, fragine, in red raspberry leaves is known for its ability to tone muscles of the uterus and pelvic area, making it effective in reducing pain when giving birth. In addition to being beneficial to pregnant women, red raspberry leaf tea is used for various other health issues.
Throughout various stages of pregnancy, red raspberry leaf tea is beneficial. In addition to helping to tone the uterus, it helps relieve symptoms during pregnancy, such as decreasing nausea, relieving constipation, improving blood circulation, increasing milk production and preventing miscarriages. The tea eases labor pain, and helps make the delivery quicker and easier. It helps decrease the need for intervention during delivery, such as avoiding the need for a Cesarean section, the use of forceps or a vacuum birth, and preventing postpartum hemorrhaging. As an added benefit, raspberry leaf tea promotes bone development in the baby.
Red raspberry leaf tea is also used for painful menstrual cramps, as well as heavy periods. The chemicals in the red raspberry leaf help relax blood vessels and cause muscles to relax or contract.
To treat gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as diarrhea, red raspberry leaf tea is commonly used, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center website (UMM). The astringent properties of the herbal tea are used to help dry out the mucuous membranes in the intestinal tract.
Red raspberry leaf tea is used to alleviate the symptoms of a cold, as well as the flu and swine flu, and tonsilitis. The tea is also beneficial in the treatment of canker sores, cold sores and sore throat.
For a wide range of health problems, red raspberry leaf tea has been shown to be beneficial. The tea is used for vitamin deficiency, heart problems, diabetes and gingivitis. It is also used to promote bile production, sweating and urination, as well as for the general purification of the blood, according to the WedMD website. When applied directly to the skin, red raspberry leaf tea helps treat and disinfect inflamed skin.