Raspberry leaves come from the raspberry plant, also known as the Rubus idaeus. The raspberry plant comes from the Rosaceae family. Raspberry plants produce leaflets, which are clusters of 3-7 small, pinnate leaves. The leaves have fine fluffy hairs on the underside. 1
Raspberry leaves have a long-standing use in natural medicine. Raspberry leaf tea is commonly brewed using the dried out leaves. It’s also common to make a raspberry leaf cold infusion. Raspberry leaf tea has a pleasant, sweet taste. Many people drink raspberry leaf teas and infusions as an alternative to black tea because it doesn’t contain caffeine. 2
Raspberry Leaves Health Uses and Health Benefits
Raspberry leaves are cultivated in the early spring before the plant blooms. This is when the leaves contain the highest concentration of antioxidant substances. Antioxidants are important substances for protecting the body against free radicals, which cause cellular damage that leads to disease.
Raspberry leaves also contain important vitamins and minerals. These include vitamins B, C and E as well as magnesium,
Traditional raspberry leaves
Other raspberry leaves benefits for improved health include: