Raspberry Leaf – Rubus idaeus
The red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus), also known as garden raspberry leaf, is produced by the deciduous raspberry plant and used in folk remedies. Leaf is the dried leaf from the raspberry plant. It is an excellent alternative to Tea, with no caffeine, and an exceptional taste. Many herbal tea recipes will use the leaves as a base. The leaves are harvested in the spring before the plant flowers for the highest antioxidant levels. This leaf makes a tea that is high in magnesium, potassium, iron vitamin c, and b-vitamins.
Raspberry leaves are among the most pleasant-tasting of all the herbal remedies, with a taste much like black tea, without the caffeine. Raspberries were said to have been discovered by the Olympian gods themselves while searching for berries on Mount Ida. Raspberries are indigenous to Asia Minor and North America, with the first real records of domestication coming from the writings of Palladius, a Roman agriculturist. By Medieval times it had a great many uses, including the juices which were used in paintings and illuminated manuscripts. King Edward the 1st (1272-1307) was said to be the first to call for mass cultivation of raspberries, whose popularity spread quickly throughout Europe. Teas of raspberry leaves were given to women of the Cherokee, Iroquois, and Mohawk nations in North America, and have earned approval of the authoritative British Herbal Compendium.
Country of origin: Europe
Safety: Not for use during pregnancy as may result in premature delivery.