Raspberry leaf tea is well known for strengthening the uterus prior to childbirth,
and for relieving painful periods. It is also an effective and soothing remedy for ‘flu and fevers, helping reduce the aches and pains that go with them.
This tea is a good source of readily assimilated calcium and other minerals, making it a health-enhancing alternative to regular tea. Raspberries, especially wild ones, are very high in salvestrols, a class of cancer-fighting chemicals.
Description: A slender shrub, up to 2m high, with arching stems; less spiny and more delicate than blackberry canes. The leaves are a light green, and silvery underneath. The stems are bare in winter.
Habitat: Wild raspberries are often found growing with brambles along the edges of woods.
Distribution: Found throughout the British Isles and northern Europe, up to the Arctic Circle, and in much of Asia and North America.
Related species: North American red raspberry (R. strigosus) is used interchangeably with the European species. In China, Korean bramble (R. coreanus) fruit is used as a kidney and liver tonic.
Parts used: Leaves and berries.