Raspberry tea (Rubus idaeus) leaves, you may be surprised to learn, are actually a great medicinal herb and have been used for centuries as such. Tea used as a gargle to treat tonsillitis and mouth inflammations, WebMD has Raspberry tea used to aid heavy periods, ease labor, diarrhea, induce sweating during fevers, reduction of general symptoms of menopause and a range of infections such as influenza.
Interestingly, nurses within NSW decided to evaluate the effectiveness of the Raspberry leaf herb during pregnancy on 192 pregnant women. Results showed no effect on the first stages of labour, but during the second stage, labor time was shortened by an average of ten minutes when compared with the control group.
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