Birth Planning, Labor Tools

Herbs for Labor: Red Raspberry Leaf

What it is:

The leaf from the Red Raspberry plant (either Rubus strigosus or Rubus idaeus) is made into a tea that can be drank throughout pregnancy to hep tone the uterus.

How it works:

Red Raspberry Leaf tea has been used throughout history as a way to tone and strengthen the uterus. Not only is it a good source of vitamins, but it also helps to increase fertility and reduces the risk of miscarriage. Some women find it eases morning sickness and it is believed to help make labor more efficient and less painful.

How to use it:

Red Raspberry Leaf tea is widely available in both loose leaf and bagged varieties, however it is not the raspberry flavored herbal tea available in most grocery stores. Pour boiling water over the tea and steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then drink.

Integrating it into labor:

Drink daily to help tone the uterus and pelvic floor.

Drink during labor to help stimulate stronger contractions.

Drink after your baby is born to help milk production and to assist the uterus in returning to pre-pregnancy size.

Jennifer (Author)