Raspberry Leaf Herb Profile

Raspberry Leaf is probably my favorite herb and definitely my most consumed herb. It has an amazing nutrient profile and a gentle taste similar to regular black tea but without the caffeine.

Why Raspberry Leaf?

As its name suggests, Raspberry leaf is the leaf of the raspberry plant. It is somewhat well known for its benefits during pregnancy, but it is beneficial to women at all stages of life.

It is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep during pregnancy. The specific combination of nutrients in Raspberry Leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say leads to shorter and easier labors.

The tannins in raspberry leaf give it astringent properties which make it soothing both internally and externally. A strong raspberry leaf tea or tincture will sooth sunburn, eczema, and rashes when used externally. Swishing with a tincture or infusion of Raspberry Leaf is great for the gums and can help alleviate the symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease.

The high concentration of Vitamin C in Raspberry Leaf makes it great during illness and I also use it as a base for homemade energy drinks.

I suggest it to fertility clients and take it myself daily. I’ve seen it ease the symptoms of PMS, endometriosis, and it is helpful for couples who are trying to conceive. I personally also use it throughout pregnancy, even in the first trimester, as I’ve never seen any conclusive reason not to and the health benefits are wonderful during pregnancy, but I’d definitely consult a midwife or doctor before taking any herb while pregnant.

According to Mountain Rose Herbs: “Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant. Commentators frequently state that recent scientific research found no benefit in raspberry tea for expectant mothers, but this is not correct. The study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2001 found that women who drank raspberry leaf tea had shorter labor, and fewer of their babies were delivered by forceps. The other study, published in the Australian College of Midwives Journal, cited in The Natural Pharmacist as saying there was “no” benefit to the herb for pregnant women, actually stated: “The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.” In other words, scientific studies show that drinking raspberry tea actually is beneficial during pregnancy.”

Uses of Raspberry Leaf

My favorite use is as an herbal tea, which I drink iced in the summer and hot in the winter. I also make a pregnancy tea using 4 parts Raspberry Leaf and 1 parts Nettle Leaf. You can also add 1 part Peppermint Leaf for help with nausea during early pregnancy. For those trying to improve fertility, three or more cups can be consumed daily and I also consume this amount during pregnancy. It tastes very similar to regular tea without the caffeine, which makes it wonderful in the evening. If you’re a tea drinker, consider adding this in place of regular tea.

To Brew: Pour 8 ounces of boiling water over 1 teaspoon-1 tablespoon of Raspberry Leaf. Steep, covered, for at least 5 minutes and drink as regular tea. I often keep a gallon of cold raspberry leaf tea in the fridge so that I don’t have to brew by the cup. To make a gallon, just 3/4 to 1 cup of Raspberry Leaf  per gallon of boiling water. I pour the herbs and boiling water into a gallon glass jar, cover with a plate and leave overnight before straining for a strong tea.

You can also make a tincture of raspberry leaf using the same proportions that you use to make chamomile tincture and it is great for the skin if used externally and as a more concentrated form to help alleviate PMS, menstrual troubles, heavy bleeding and infertility when used internally.

Where to get Raspberry Leaf

I always order from Mountain Rose Herbs as theirs is organic and extremely high quality. It comes as a dried herb and can be easily made into tea, infusions, or tinctures.

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Reader Comments

  1. Bridge says

    Thanks for the info on this herb. I have a large bag of it in my freezer but ( I think I’ve posted this before), I’m not a big tea drinker. I do have some capsules that I could fill with raspberry leaf to take…would that give me the same benefits? If so, how much do you recommend taking? Thanks!!

  2. Jayme says

    I want your energy drink recipe! Maybe i’ll finally be able to get my husband to stop drinking those awful red bulls!

  3. Veronica says

    Is there any reason a toddler shouldn’t drink your pregnancy tea?  I’ve been making it for myself, but inevitably my 15 month old steals my cup and drinks some.  He loves it!!  I don’t let him drink much since I’m not sure if it’s good for him, but if it’s not harmful (possibly beneficial??) then I could let him have some….

  4. Divi says

    I have lots of raspberries and I wonder if I can just dry out the leaves (after they grow raspberries?). Does it have to be from a particular species of raspberries? Thanks!

    • Vee says

      I have a jar of leaves I dried from my friend’s raspberry plant. They work SO well! A youtube video explained that it is best to take leaves from green vines vs the reddish/brownish ones because the green vine is new growth.

  5. Alyssa says

    Any similar uses for blackberry leaves? I have three huge blackberry bushes at my house and love to use the leaves!

  6. Katie says

    Any advice on making it from the fresh leaves? We have a ton of raspberries in our yard and I’d love to skip the drying step this summer. Do you know what amount of fresh leaves I’d need to use to get the right strength?

  7. Amber says

    Some teas can be steeped more than once. Would there be any benefit to re-steeping the leaves especially if the first steep was only five minutes?

  8. Mccall says

    Is drinking the raspberry leaf tea throughout the day not going to supply enough magnesium that we still need to supplement?

    • says

      It will definitely boost your levels, but some people with gut issues (most of us these days) also benefit from the oil for a while too since we don’t absorb it intestinally very well.

    • Cassandra Aplin-Gandy says

      I know this is a year old post but in case someone stumbles on it like I did, I will say this about the Magnesium..another good natural way to get it and easily absorbed, is a long hot soak in epsom salt. Grandma had it right.=)

  9. Greta says

    I just received my 2lb bag of raspberry leaf today from Mountain Rose Herbs. I tried a cup and loved it! I am currently 16 weeks pregnant – is there a limit to how much should be consumed daily?

  10. Erica says

    I’ve been trying to balance my hormones since coming off the pill two years ago. I drink this sparingly. Will upping the amount I drink everyday aid in the balancing of my hormones? I’ve tried Maca root capsules (2/day) for a month but I felt it made me break out in acne on my chin.

  11. Sarah Mahan says

    I saw your post and I just bought a box if bagged raspberry leaf tea to try. I thought it would be easier for on the go to have the bags and make sure I like it. I appreciate the post. We’ve been trying to conceive our 2nd baby for almost a year now and I’m trying herbal remedies before going to a specialist. This tea is the first thing on my list. Thanks!

  12. Hannah Fortune says

    Do you know if I could get the same properties if I just infused the herb to my water? For example, I get a glass water bottle infuser, used tap water, added the leaves, and left it for 24 hours? Thanks for your answer!!

  13. Bethany says

    I recently had a missed miscarriage. I waited four weeks to have it happen naturally, but ended up getting a d&c. Is it recommended to drink after a d&c, while still bleeding? I want to get in the best physical condition for my next pregnancy, but understand this tea is supposed to reduce cramping/bleeding, which maybe I need to do right now? Thanks very much to anyone with insight into this!

  14. Katherine Plaza says

    I am 16 weeks and planning on a VBAC. Was wondering if RRL tea was recommended – my only (totally baseless) thought is that it will make my uterus so strong that a rupture is more likely?

  15. Erin Mahon says

    The links you have to buy the tea give us an amazon link to some other brand of raspberry leaf tea – one that the consumers are saying isn’t as good as they are used to, and one person even said she found a metal object of some sort in her bag. :(

  16. dawnieB says

    Hey, Katie! We have wild raspberry growing all over our yard, so I was wondering, could I make my own raspberry leaf tea? Is it as easy as it seems?

  17. Shayna Fasken says

    I’m trying to find a substitute for black tea for my husband. He drinks large quantities of it and I am concerned about the amount of fluoride he is ingesting. Is Raspberry Leaf safe for men to drink as well?

  18. joy roxborough says

    Hi. Thanks for this helpful article. Question: I have been asked to take
    Raspberry Leaf (Rubus sp) Tincture: 15-20 drops, twice daily. But is Rubus sp the same as Rubus idaeus? Thanks

    • Avens says

      Rubus sp. means that it could be an unknown, or multiple species of Rubus (sp. is just a short version of species). Rubus idaeus is a specific species within the Rubus genera.

      So if you were told to take Rubus sp., then Rubus idaeus is a type of Rubus, that could be classified within Rubus sp.

      It’s basically saying “I need to take a Raspberry tincture, any kind of raspberry tincture, and you taking Red Raspberry specifically.

      Hope that helps!
      Source: I’m a botantist

      • joy roxborough says

        Thank you very much. I am now confident to go out and purchase the idaeus. Can you believe I have been asking for Raspberry sp and no one has it. they all seem to have idaeus. But no one could tell me what it meant either. So your assistance is very much appreciated!

  19. Shaina says

    Is raspberry leaf safe for children? Mine are 4 and 5 and I suspect they may have a mineral imbalance, I’m trying to figure out a good tincture for minerals. Thanks!

  20. Jo Tinckham says

    hi I know i am going to sound incredibly stupid asking this but hey ho, I brewed a large tea pot full of RRL tea and have strained it.

    Obviously its cold now, do I heat it up in a pan on the stove?

  21. tess says

    I use the red raspberry herb pills from swanson, along with burdock root to control hot flashes at night…and it works.

  22. gail says

    Hi, I suffer w/uterine fibroids, and was told that the rrl help to slow down the heavy bleeding associated with the fibriods. I just purchased the rrl in pill form. It says to take 2 tablets daily. Will they help slow down my flow? and do i need to take something else along with the rrl?. I also heard about yarrow herb.

  23. Emily says

    I have endometriosis and was so hopeful raspberry leaf would benefit me, but several things I have read said it can have an estrogenic effect and not to use it if you are estrogen dominant (which I am) or if there is a history of breast cancer (rampant in my family). I would love to hear more of your thoughts about this!! Thank you!!

    • Jocelyne says

      I am in the same situation. We have been trying for 17 months. I recently had laporoscopy for endometriosis. I have been drinking RRL tea for about a month and a half having heard of its benefits. However, I am now reading the same thing you just mentioned. Whats the truth?

  24. Elisa says

    hi…i came off the pill 1 year ago and still haven’t seen a period sense…my gyno told me my lining was thin…..he gave me meds to use for 1 month and still no change….i am tired of pharmaceutical medication….will RRL tea help me with my lining and in helping me to conceive?

  25. Miki says

    I came on this site to find out if Raspberry leaf tea will help with heavy periods? I wanted to find a natural alternative instead of IUD or ibuprofen. they were the only other options.

    • Lucy says

      I ws hoping this would help with heavier periods too. I recently learned that the turmeric I have been intentionally adding to recipes for the health benefits could be partly to blame for heavy periods. It sounds like raspberry tea could help but I notice I’ve become almost paranoid about trying anything lately because of this potential side effect.

    • Shari says

      Prior to my discovering raspberry leaf tea, I had terrible period cramps (age 16 to 26) and dreaded my monthly cycle. I suffered from nausea, extreme pain, and heavy flow for the first 2-3 days, with some spotting up through day 7-8. My periods were sporadic and would sometimes surprise me rather early! I, too, relied on over the counter drugs to counteract the pain and in some cases, these drugs did nothing except make me feel more ill than before. I discovered raspberry leaf tea may have benefits of reducing the heavy flow and cramps. This has certainly been the case for me! I’ve been drinking it for 3 years and no longer take any over the counter medication. It has also regulated my periods (no more surprises) and reduced the length of my periods – my longest has lasted 6 days, but most last about 5. I only drink the tea when I’m on my period (my money saving technique) and it still does the trick. Not only does it taste good, it works faster than any medication and relieves my cramps within minutes. It is a staple in my cupboard, in my purse, and in my desk drawer at work.

  26. Lisa says

    With my 3rd pregnancy I drank a half gallon per day in the third trimester. I had about an hour of contractions 4 minutes apart (if that, honestly) and 10 minutes of hard labor and had my baby in the back of our van! It could be coincidence or it could have been the RRL!

  27. carrie says

    I recently started taking red raspberry capsules, or drinkingthe tea due to several chemical pregnancies. I started taking it right after my period/chemical pregnancy. A week or so after I have finished my period I have now started spotting sometimes a little heavier. It has been 3 days. Should I stop taking the tea or is it regulating everything. I have a regular period normally.

  28. dana says

    about the raspberry leaf tea s t safe cause i have had miscarrages before so is it safe to drink it before trying to concieve and during my pregnancy, cause i cannot go full term and doctors have no idea y and i jut want to be sure before i start consuming it

  29. Kristin says

    Just wondering if this would be safe for men to drink often. I would love a good traditional iced tea replacement for our family. I saw a similar question above but did not see a response. Thank you in advance and thank you for your website. It has been a huge help in our family switching to a more natural lifestyle!

  30. Kelly says

    Gail, I had terrible bleeding problems from fibroids a few years ago. I took Raspberry leaf and Stinging nettles in pill form and it helped immensely while I was waiting for surgery. I think it will help anemia too.

  31. Maria says

    I noticed that all that is written states Red Raspberry Leaf…I have planted Yellow Raspberry (it’s called Anne and it has huge sweet yellow raspberries) and was wondering if it has the same properties as the red raspberry. I am going to use it since it’s certainly an edible berry so the leaves should be just as good but would love to learn your thoughts on it.

  32. Tanya Chaib says

    Hi, I’ve been bleeding heavy for 3 weeks now and I’d like to know if the tea will help. Your response is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  33. Natalie says

    Hi I am scheduled to get a myomectomy for fibroids in September. I have been taking red raspberry leaf tea the bag form (traditional medicinals) at the beginning of my periods and its has helped with my other wise severe cramping to the point where I don’t have to take aleve anymore. I was wondering if its still safe for me to continue taking it now, and I would love to make it a habit of taking it after my myomectomy in hopes that it will help me heal from the surgery and along with diet changes maybe it will help stop new ones from growing. It is also my hope that it will help me and my womb in possibly getting pregnant. Im 34 with no kids and I feel this is my last hope and chance. I would like to start drinking this tea daily.

  34. Christina says

    Hi, I’ve a bottle of raspberry with me but not sure if I can share with my hby. Can guys consume it too ? Can it cure cold sores too ?
    Rgds / Chris

  35. Mindy says

    Good morning,

    I’ve been drinking this tea for the last week and love it. Do you know if this tea is safe to drink on a daily basis if you’re not currently pregnant? I really enjoy this and would love to keep drinking it daily

  36. Amy says

    How much of the tea do you have to consume before you notice and of the benefits? Cups per day? Also, you mentioned this is good for skin when used externally as a tincture. What’s the best way to use it, and would it help with hormonal acne? Thanks!

  37. Emma says

    Ladies, I just want to say that raspberry leaf tea has worked wonders for me! My monthly cramps have always been terrible. They were so bad that I would just lie around the house with a hot rice pack and a bottle of ibuprofen. It took several hours for me to get the pain under control that way and when I finally felt like I could move again, I would be so exhausted emotionally and physically that I would just want to cry. After reading this article (and many similar ones), I decided to give the tea a try. And it works!! I am so amazed at how well it has worked. I’ve hardly had any cramps at all this time. I started drinking 1-2 cups of tea per day about a month ago so it has had some time to build up and work its long-term magic. So far I have only taken one ibuprofen this time as compared to about six before (not all at once). I honestly do not think that I even really needed that one pill. I think that I took it out of fear because of my past experiences. It is kind of strange to think that I have felt afraid of my period… I am so thankful that it doesn’t have to be that way now and that I don’t have to worry as much about my monthly visit from Aunt Flo. I would recommend this tea for anyone to try when it comes to menstrual cramp relief. It has been wonderful for me!

    I am now wondering if this will effect our fertility in a positive way. My hubby and I have been trying for about three months so far. Well technically around six but about a month after we decided are ready, he had to go away for two months for a training (military) so I can’t really count the first few months. But anyway, I read somewhere that painful period cramps can be related to infertility. I wonder how true that is? I guess that would make sense. Now that I think about it, all of the women in my family who never really had cramps, got pregnant quickly. For those that had bad cramps, it took longer. I wonder if the two really are connected?

    • Sab says

      I don’t know about cramps and fertility as I have always had terrible cramps during my monthly (stayed home from school, using ibuprofen same as you, didn’t know about the hot pack until after marriage though), but have no issues getting pregnant. However, fertility can be related to our nutrition, and by the sounds of things, this herb is great for getting a lot of what we need into our bodies more naturally than vitamin pills!

      I’m currently 27 weeks pregnant with our fourth (well… fifth pregnancy, but I didn’t get this far with our first). I had terrible hemorrhaging with my last baby (sweet baby girl… 19 months old right now) and I am afraid of that happening again. I had uterine atony (?) with her, and lost 2 L immediately after delivering the placenta. Thankfully my hemoglobin was high enough that I didn’t need blood, and just took iron pills. I heard that taking rrl tea was supposed to help, and I bought pills since I hardly ever drink anything besides milk or water. My doc doesn’t like the pills (I was wondering if they were causing me to cramp. I bought them about 5 weeks ago and only took 3 total. Told to wait until 30 weeks). I just brewed myself a cup of tea using leaves from our raspberry plants on the farm. I’ve been getting Braxton’s for weeks now… will this help with my uterine tone after delivery? I have pretty short labor (2.5 hours from 5cm for #2… I think close to 5 hours total, and about 2.5-3 hours from the start of actual labor contractions for my third). My uterus just didn’t want to contract back after my last baby… and I had to do a lot of the pushing myself. With my second, my body pushed him out on its own. They were telling me not to push, actually, as the doc hadn’t stepped in yet. I almost smacked that nurse! ;) I’m really hoping this labor and delivery will go more like that one did as healing was a breeze, and I was able to bond with him so much easier than with either of my girls (placental complications with our first, and pph with our third).

    • Kim says

      go and have a test that looks at your Fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. I tried for 1 yr nothing and was having heavy bleeding, it ended up being a Polyp on my uterus, having it removed Dec 5th.

  38. Megan says

    Is it naturally sweet or does it need to be sweetened with honey or something similar?
    I have PCOS, and i’ve read elsewhere that it helps with irregular periods and other infertility issues. I have some of this on order and can’t wait to try it. :)

  39. rebecca kuhn says

    I am writing my own daily herbal posts on my Facebook business page. Tonight I’m writing about red raspberry leaf. I searched online to compile a few more tidbits. I really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for doing what you do!

  40. Laura says

    Does drinking a commercial tea that contains raspberry leaf (like Yogi – Mother to Be tea) have the same benefit as using the dried raspberry leaf from somewhere like the place you mentioned (Mountain Rose Herbs)?

  41. Nisey says

    Just had surgery to remove my ovaries and I am taking estrodiol. I love Raspberry Leaf tea. Is it still okay to drink this tea?

  42. heather says

    Would this tea be beneficial for vericose veins? And does it help prevent blood clots? Or does it clot the blood like vitamin k?

  43. Jessica says

    I know this is a super old post, but I had a question. I want to make a gallon of the tea because I’m traveling over the weekend and I want lots for drinking in the car. We’re leaving really early and I’m not sure I’ll have time to strain it in the morning. Is there a minimum amount of time I can steep it? I’ve only ever brewed one cup at a time. I really should have planned more in advance! Thanks for the post and all your help!

  44. pepper says

    Hi i hope this site would help me, i am newly married and we are planning to have a baby, i already bought just a normal raspberry tea in the market do you think it is enough or better to get a real leaves of raspberry for a better result? Thank you ;)

  45. Michelle Walker says

    My husband and I struggled for 4 years to have a baby. We had one second trimester miscarriage 2.5 years ago and it was impossible to get pregnantafter that. We even tried fertility drugs and IUI’S. Through some inspiration from God I began drinking red raspberry leaf tea 2-3 cups a day for 3 months. I stopped the tea and we tried again. I was pregnant within a month and am due with our little girl in 10 weeks. I am a true believer in these medicinal herbs. I am drinking the tea still to help with labor at the end.

  46. Edidiong Benson says

    pls i have tryd pharmacy here in my town in Nigeria and there is no red respberry, either leaf or tablet. Pls were and how do i get it. Thanks

  47. Ibironke says

    Hi. I just got married too and trying to concieve. Is there anywhere I can get this tea in Nigeria. Its really difficult getting it here. Thank you

  48. Sophia says

    When ordering loose leaf tea, if I order the 1lb how long do you think it will last me with drinking 2-5 cups daily?

  49. melissa says

    Hi there! I keep coming upon your blog when I search pregnancy issues! hehe

    Just trying to figure out when to slot this in. My naturopath said to have 1-2 cups daily. I kon an empty stomach..

    Right now in the AM first thing, I drink hot water, lemon, black strap molasses and apple cider vinegar. I take my iron/folate and vitamin c supplements at the same time. – I don’t see why I cant swap the hot water for the tea – unlike other teas, this isn’t a diuretic right? I think that is the issue when taking iron with other types of tea.

    Anyone know? I will email my naturopath anyway..!

  50. Virginia says

    Hi Katie – when used as a tincture to alleviate or prevent menstrual cramps, what dosage and timing do you suggest? Should I take when the cramps occur? At ovulation time? Please advise! Thank you for your fantastic blog. V.

  51. Linda says

    I was advised by a GP to take 2 capsules a day of red raspberry since confirming my pregnancy. I am now 6 & a half weeks pregnant. I feel ok but I’m concerned that I should stop using it until I reach 32 weeks. What do you suggest I do?

  52. heather says

    I have a lot of RRL powder leftover and was wondering if there are any benefits outside of pregnancy, TTC, or PMS (none of these are concerns for me). I am concerned about the research showing that RRL might act like an estrogen mimic. I try to avoid too much soy for this reason and would be interested to hear your thoughts on RRL as an estrogen mimic.

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