This plant needs no introduction as it is quite common. It is extensively cultivated as well as growing wild in many places. It belongs to the rose family.
Unfortunately the medicinal value of raspberry leaves is not sufficiently understood by the masses, of people.
The LEAVES and the BARK OF THE ROOT are the parts used medically. They impart their medicinal properties to water. The taste is astringent with no odor. The fruit has a rich, delicious flavor.
Raspberry leaf tea is mild and may, with perfect safety, be given to children in stomach complaints, sweetened with honey or sugar.
The infusion of 1 oz. in 1 pt. boiling water is most effective in removing canker from and toning the mucous membrane. Also for ulcers and wounds. In ophthalmia, the infusion is a first class wash.
For a very fine wash and gargle for relaxed sore throat, canker in the mouth, throat, and tongue and spongy gums, use the following: red raspberry leaves and bayberry bark 1/2 oz. each. Infuse in 1 pt. boiling water, cover till cold, strain and use as required.
Raspberry leaf tea has long been recommended as a drink during the period of pregnancy and at confinement. There would be fewer cases needing instruments and fewer hemorrhages after delivery. It has a splendid influence upon the uterus, will sustain in labor and relieve after-pains, renders easy and speedy parturition, assists milk secretion, and hastens convalescence. A small portion of cayenne or ladies’ slipper can be added to the infusion or at the approach of labor. An addition of 34 t. of composition powder to 1 oz. leaves in 1 pt. boiling water will prove a valuable adjunct. This should always be taken warm, M teacupful every hour during labor.
In constipation, the following will be useful—raspberry leaves 1 oz., mt. flax 3/2 oz., infuse in 3/2 pts. boiling water. Cover till cold. Strain and take 3 T. 3 or 4 times daily. If the lower bowel needs special attention 1/4 or 1/2 oz. butternut bark may be added.
It will allay nausea and is useful in acute and chronic diarrhea and dysentery and in leucorrhea and gonorrhea, either as a tea or by injection. Make an infusion of 1 oz. leaves to 1 pt. boiling water. If drinking the infusion, a little ginger may be added.
A poultice for removing proud flesh and cleansing wounds is made by combining powdered red elm bark with the infusion.
The expressed juice of the fruit is very nourishing in convalescence and for weak stomachs.
Raspberry leaves may be used instead of coffee or tea when the bowels are in a relaxed state. The simple infusion is made by steeping 1 t. leaves in 1 C. boiling water. Dose of the Fl. X of the leaves is 1 to 2 Dr.