Raspberry: A Pregnancy Workhorse and Lifelong Friend to Women

Raspberry was the underdog of the herbal remedy world until the 1940s when it rose in fame above its super popular cousin, the blackberry, due to its many uses for complaints of pregnancy.  We do know that Nicholas Culpeper, renowned English herbalist recommended raspberry leaf as “‘very binding (astringent), … putrid sores of the mouth and secret parts (genitals)…piles (hemorrhoids), …. And too much flowing of women’s courses (heavy menstrual flow).’” Modern research also shows that the herb is a powerful antioxidant, offering added benefit to women during and far after pregnancy.