Although raspberries are consumed throughout the world, raspberry leaf as a medicinal herb is not widely known to the majority of the population, due to the fact that it has such a narrow therapeutic focus – 90% of the time it is used by pregnant women. Preparation for birth is not the only use of raspberry leaf, this toning herb is also indicated for the relief of heavy, painful periods (dysmenorrhoea).
Raspberry leaves contain a combination of Vitamins A, B, C, and D, plus the minerals Phosphorus, Potassium and Calcium. It is thought raspberry leaf may build up the strength of the uterine muscle, leading to an easier birth. Raspberry leaf appears to have two different actions: it can help to relax uterine muscle, as well as initiate contractions.