Rubus idaeus / Raspberry Leaf Organic Tincture

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Raspberry is native to Europe, Asia and North America. They are a member of the rose family (Roseceae). As well as the fruit which is delicious and widely used, herbalists prescribe raspberry leaf infusions, made from the leaves of the plant. Traditionally, both leaves and berries have been used for their healing properties. Our organic raspberry leaf tincture is a 1 in 4, made with 25% organic ethanol.

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Raspberry

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. We use Rubus idaeus, a red-fruited species of Rubus native to Europe and northern Asia. It is commonly cultivated in other temperate regions.
 
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

Leaves, berries.

How Raspberry is 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.
 
Red raspberries contain upto 31 μg/100 g of folate. Red raspberries have antioxidant effects that may play a role in the killing of stomach and colon cancer cells. Young roots of Rubus idaeus have been shown to prevent kidney stone formation. Raspberry fruit may help protect the liver. Vitamin C and phenols are present in red raspberries.

Raspberry Leaf Organic Tincture

This tincture is produced with 1 part raspberry leaf to 4 parts liquid. The liquid is 75% water and 25% organic ethanol.

Caution

Therapeutic doses of raspberry leaf should be avoided in early pregnancy and only taken in the last trimester.

Packaging

Product is supplied in amber PET bottles with tamper evident screw tops. This keeps the contents fresh and protected from light. 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.

What is a Tincture?

A herbal tincture is a concentrated extract of one or more herbs. The liquid in a tincture is a combination of alcohol and water. A tincture must contain at least 20% alcohol for preservation purposes. Alcohol concentrations tend to vary between 20% and 60%, but can be as high as 90% in some circumstances. At Herbal Apothecary we generally produce tinctures with alcohol concentrations of 25% - 45%. We use ethanol derived from sugar beat.

How Is A Tincture Made?

To produce the Rubus idaeus / Raspberry Leaf Organic Tincture we combine a quantity of herb with a proportional amount of liquid. Depending on the herb and the strength of tincture required this ratio can be 1:2, 1:3 or 1:4. The herb, alcohol and water is placed in a production vessel suitable for the size of the batch.

Traditionally, tinctures have been made by a process of maceration. This is where the herb sits in the liquid and over a period of time the plant cells break down. This allows the plant matter to be released into the liquid. Occasionally the producer might agitate the mixture to help the process along.

At Herbal Apothecary we have spent decades improving our tincture production processes. We use a system called Hydro-Ethanolic Percolation. Percolation is where liquid slowly passes through the herb, from top to bottom. In our case, the liquid is not simply passed through the herb once and then collected. Instead, it is continually cycled through the herb. Hydro-Ethanolic Percolation is a combination of maceration and traditional percolation. The circulation of liquid through a spray head agitates the herb, helping the key chemical compounds to be released into the liquid.

Our production vessels are primarily stainless steel. We use low voltage (24v) pumps to circulate the liquid. We have also developed a system of float switches and relays. These ensure the pumps only activate when an adequate level of liquid is present in the sump at the bottom of the vessel. It can take some time for the liquid to filter through the herb.

We produce most of our tinctures using dried herbs, although we sometimes use fresh. It's important that the size of the pieces of herb in the production vessel are small enough for the alcohol to thoroughly penetrate. No prior processing is required for flowers and leaves which are smaller and more delicate. However, for roots, bark and berries which tend to be tougher and larger we use herbs which are diced up into small pieces. This ensures that the maximum amount of plant material can be extracted into the liquid.

The manufacturing process takes 7 days to complete. Once the process is finished, the herb is pressed to extract every last drop of precious liquid. The Rubus idaeus / Raspberry Leaf Organic Tincture is filtered and then stored in bulk containers, before being bottled in smaller 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml quantities.

Click here if you'd like to know more about our herbal tincture manufacturing technology. At Herbal Apothecary we are committed to research - we want to provide a robust evidence base for the products we produce. As a result we review our manufacturing systems and processes in order to ensure we're making best use of the raw ingredients.

Organic Herbs

We’re all aware of the importance of choosing organic where possible. Agriculture and farming without the use of chemicals is better for both the environment as well as for our bodies! This is certainly the case when it comes to herbal medicine.

Our Rubus idaeus / Raspberry Leaf Organic Tincture is a great choice - with many additional benefits over the standard product.

We are a certified organic producer. We undergo regular inspections. These ensure that our systems and processes meet the requirements of certified producers. Our customers can be confident that our organic products meet all the statutory requirements. At Herbal Apothecary we manufacture a very wide range of herbal tinctures and fluid extracts. We also supply whole, cut and powdered herbs.

Organic farming respects nature and improve the health of soils, water and air. It’s about growing food in a way which is sustainable and protects ecosystems. Pesticides are a key contributor to the decline of pollinator populations. They are responsible for driving down the numbers of pollinating insects. There are also strict rules governing the use of additives and preservatives in organic products. Organic agriculture opposes the use of GM crops. Because organic agriculture doesn’t use any chemical pesticides or fertilisers it is better for nature and wildlife. Farms run this way provide a haven for wildlife like bees, birds and butterflies. Studies have found that insect, plant and bird life is upto 50% more abundant on organic farmland. And there are upto 75% more bees on organic land too! Find out more about our commitment to organic products.

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Weight 1.188000 kg
Size

250 ml, 500 ml, 1000 ml

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