Red Raspberry is a deciduous bush with creeping perennial roots and erect, thorny, biennial stems. Its odd-pinnate leaves are glossy with a soft white feltlike underside. The leaves have three to seven serrate and ovate leaflets. It usually flowers in the late spring or early summer. When it blooms it has many white flowers located on auxiliary drooping racemes. The white flowers have 5 petals, 5 sepals, and numerous stamen, and ovaries. Red raspberry produces a red aggregate fruit that separates from a conical receptacle upon ripening. It grows naturally in woods and heaths and prefers temperate environments.
Red Raspberry is a medicinal herb considered helpful in the treatment of frequent or excessive menstruation as well as other menstrual disorders. It is sometimes used to calm morning sickness, prevent miscarriage, and to ease labor and delivery. Other uses are as a treatment for diarrhea, nausea, sore throats, colds, flu, and influenza. It may help normalize blood sugar levels. It is a good source for vitamin C, maganese, iron and niacin. . Externally, it can be used as a mouth wash for canker sores and bleeding gums It can be taken as a capsule, pill, tea, infusion, or tincture.
Generally, Red Raspberry is thought to act as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, antidiarrheal, diaphoretic, diuretic, and choleretic. It has shown oxytocic properties s.c. that it can relax and tone the uterine muscles. It has demonstrated antigonadotropic activity. It may normalize blood sugar levels.
Red Raspberry contains one of the highest number of volatile compounds of the more commonly eaten fruits. Its most representative substances have been recorded as benzaldehyde, ethyl acetate, limonene, and 2-phenylethanol. Its leaves are considered high in tannins, vitamins C, niacin, and manganese. The manganese content of Red raspberry may be one of the main components that effect glucose regulation and some if it's oxytocic qualities.
Red raspberry leaves have been used by women for centuries as a support to the reproductive system, especially during pregnancy. When used after birthing, it can decrease uterine swelling and minimize postpartum hemorrhaging. This herb is beneficial in normalizing blood flow during menstruation and reducing painful menstrual cramps. Red Raspberry supports the reproductive system by strengthening the tissues of the womb, increasing lactation and easing nausea caused by morning sickness. It also cleanses and prepares breasts for a pure milk supply for the nursing infant by cleansing and purifying the blood. The Raspberry fruit is fragrant, containing a crystallizable fruit-sugar, a fragrant volatile oil, pectin, citric and malic acids, mineral salts, and water. Raspberry leaves and fruit can benefit visual acuity when used for a period of time. It also benefits the joints and tendons. Primary chemical constituents of Red Raspberry include flavonoids, alkaloids (fragarine), organic acids, vitamin C, iron citrate, calcium chloride, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and tannins. Red Raspberry's astringent properties make it helpful in relieving diarrhea, and its antiseptic properties make it beneficial for treating sore throats and canker sores. Topical applications of this herb have included use as a mouth wash for sores, an eyewash for discharge, a douche for leucorrhoea, and a hair rinse. Raspberry vinegar is an acid syrup made with the fruit-juice, sugar, and white-wine vinegar, and water. This herb even makes a useful gargle for sore throat pain.