Habitat & Cultivation:
R. idaeus originated in south Europe/North Asia around Mount Ida near Troy in northwest Turkey, hence its Latin name Rubus (red) and idaeus (Mount Ida) (Marciano & Vizniak, 2018, p. 302-3). R. idaeus has been naturalized and inter-bred with other Rubus species from all over the world, notably North America. North American raspberries include: R. strigosus, R. spectabilis, R. parviflorus; and black raspberries R. ursinus, R. occidentalis, R. leucodermis (Hummer, 2010).
Leaves and fruit
Labor Preparation, Dysmenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Postpartum hemorrhage
Avoid rhodiola in clients who are bipolar, manic, or paranoid. It can cause insomnia in sensitive people.
Leaves: Tannins, volatile oil, flavonoid glycosides, Minerals (Ca, Mg, Fe, Se, Niacin)
Fruit: Ketones (4-hydroxyphenyl), Vitamins (A &C), Minerals (K, Ca, Mg)
Astringent, sweet, cooling, light, rough, hard, wet, and loose.
Safe to use during pregnancy and postpartum, consult with your provider.
My preference for this herb is to infuse it into a delicious tea, it adds a subtle fruity flavor and is very enjoyable.
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Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)