Red Raspberry

Latin Name
Rubus idaeus

General Description
The berry of this biennial bush is commonly used in gourmet desserts, but herbalists value the leaves. These have high concentrations of tannin, a chemical that herbalists believe is effective in treating diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and morning sickness in pregnancy. It is also thought that tannin, an astringent substance, helps prevent miscarriages and, during labor, strengthens contractions, checks hemorrhaging and reduces labor pains; you should not, however, use red raspberry for this purpose at home. Red raspberry leaves are included in several herbal pregnancy formulas sold in the United States. The herb is also used as a gargle for sore throats.

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