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Rsapberry & Blackberry

Rubus spp.


Rosaceae; Rose family


Berries leaves, and roots


Infusion (leaves); decoction (roots); and tincture, syrup, vinegar (leaves and roots)


Leaf: Astringent, anti-inflammatory, nutritive tonic, uterine tonic, partus preparator; Fruit: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, nutritive tonic; Root: Astringent


Cooling and drying.


The Ancient Greeks might have discovered the raspberry plant (Rubus idaeus) in the 1st century B.C. when they saw them on Mount Ida in modern-day Turkey. Alternatively, the name comes from Ida, a Greek nymph, who pricked her finger while collecting raspberries for the infant Zeus and her blood turned them all red. Archeologists have discovered raspberry seeds at excavated Roman forts in England. Raspberry leaves are a traditional pregnancy tonic that midwives have used for centuries. A daily infusion encourages conception, strengthens the uterine muscles, improves labor outcomes, aids in expelling the placenta, and is used to enrich and build a mother’s milk. Rich in iron and antioxidant, raspberry has a toning effect on a uterus and can help lessen heavy menstrual bleeding. The leaves are also a male tonic in the Chinese pharmacopoeia and their astringent action is helpful for retaining vital fluids and vigor. Blackberry has excellent astringent properties and should be used acutely for a short period of time for diarrhea and dysentery. Blackberry leaf is also helpful when there is other loss of vital fluids from the body (e.g. —fevers with profuse sweating, excessive urination, and heavy menstruation), mouthwash for bleeding gums, sores, mouth ulcers, and gargle for sore throats. As topical application (poultice), it is used to treat eczema, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and skin abscesses.


Overall safe and nourishing, blackberry root should not be used tonically and its leaf can lower blood sugar levels. Avoid taking during constipation; can impede iron absorption.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided above is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult a licensed healthcare specialist for specific medical advice.

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