Herbal Focus: Raspberry Leaf

Previously, we explored how lavender can be used for many various purposes to help you navigate your menstrual cycle. This week, we are looking at a different kind of herb that can bring similar but varied benefits: raspberry leaf.

What Are Raspberry Leaves?

When we think of raspberries, most of us think of the berries that we’ve come to love and appreciate, especially in the summer! And yet, there is much more than what meets the eye. Raspberry leaf is the leaf of the raspberry plant, and it has been found to have many various benefits.


Benefits of Raspberry Leaf for the Menstrual Cycle

First, raspberry leaf has numerous benefits that we can enjoy. For example, it is high in vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, and B-vitamins, so it supports general health. On top of this, it contains fragarine, which is a substance that helps tone the muscles of the pelvic region and uterus. This results in fewer and less painful period cramps. On top of this, raspberry leaf tea is often something pregnant women will consume to support their labor and delivery, particularly because it helps tone the uterine muscles. Finally, raspberry leaf has been shown to balance hormones, which again is great to counteract symptoms of PMS, whether that’s acne, nausea, or mood swings.


How to Consume Raspberry Leaf

The easiest way to start consuming raspberry leaf is to find a tea that contains it. Most health stores will have this form of tea. You should start conservatively, and then start increasing your dose slowly. However, please make sure to see a physician before you start taking raspberry leaf if you are pregnant!
Once your period arrives, give yourself the time and space to self-care, and include raspberry leaf tea in your routine. Then, slip on your Lhamo pads, and you’re ready to go!

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