Most people are familiar with raspberry as a summer fruit, with vibrant red berries. Raspberry is native to Europe, Asia and North America. They are a member of the rose family (Roseceae). It’s often found growing wild in the countryside, but it has also been cultivated since the 16th century. Various varieties of raspberry exist, which fruit at different times of year. The berries are highly nutritious, and delicious! As well as the fruit, dried leaves are commonly used as a tea. They tend to be harvested in early summer. The raspberry plant grows up to 2m high. It’s a deciduous shrub with prickly stems and a spread of between 1 and 2m. Raspberry plants prefer moist, slightly acidic soil. After harvesting fruited canes are cut back to ground level. Young canes are best supported for growth.
Parts Used in Herbal Remedies
How it Has Been Used by Herbalists
Herbalists prescribe raspberry leaf infusions, made from the leaves of the plant. It is believed that raspberry infusions or tea can help prepare the womb for childbirth. Raspberry leaf tincture has also been used in the treatment of diarrhoea, as well as reducing inflammations of various kinds. Herbalists will sometime prescribe a gargle of raspberry leaf infusion for sore throats and mouth ulcers. Traditionally the juice has been used as a remedy for mild fevers.
Therapeutic doses of raspberry leaf should be avoided in early pregnancy and only taken in the last trimester.
This product is packaged in resealable clear bags. These keep the contents fresh and protected from moisture. Look out for the QR code on the label - you can scan this with your smartphone to download the Certificate of Analysis document for this product.
We produce Rubus idaeus / Raspberry Leaf Capsules using powdered herb. The powder is very fine, allowing it to flow into the encapsulation machine. Fine powder is also easier for the body to absorb. Sometimes we produce the powder ourselves, from whole or cut herbs. Other times we source powdered herbs directly from our suppliers.
Empty capsules are positioned in the the capsule manufacturing machine. We use vegetarian capsules, size '0'. The empty capsules are then filled with the finely-ground powdered herb. A sufficient quantity of herb is pressed into the empty capsules. Once the capsules are full of powdered herb the tops of the capsules are positioned and firmly pressed into position.
The finished capsules are removed from the machine. Initially we store them in bulk bags. Depending on the type of capsule we may then use our capsule counting machine to dispense capsules into bottles.
Rubus idaeus / Raspberry Leaf Capsules are a very convenient way to store and prescribe this herb. Less energy is used in the production process and they take less space to store.
At Herbal Apothecary we produce a wide range of single herb capsules as well as capsules made with blended herbs. The process for producing a blended capsule involves combining 2 or more powders together before encapsulation. Special care is taken to ensure the herbs are thoroughly blended, ensuring an equal distribution of herb through all capsules. Blended herb capsules are a fantastic way of prescribing more complex remedies in a way which is easy for the patient to take.