Rubus sp. – Raspberry

RaspberryRubus sp.

Rubus = rub-us, the Latin name for brambles or the blackberry;

Identification: This genus has many diverse forms. The common wild raspberry is an erect shrub that stands up to 2 m tall. The flowers are white and terminal. The stem has prickles and the leaves are pinnate, green above and white and hairy below. The leaf margins are doubly serrated. The fruit is red, falling intact from the dry receptacle.

Distribution & Habitat: Raspberry is commonly found along roadsides, river banks and in wooded regions.

Preparation & Uses: The flowers of all Rubus are delightful in salads. The young shoots can be peeled and eaten. As well as tasting delicious, the berries have many medicinal uses.

Raspberry is listed by Lust as an antiemetic, astringent and mild laxative. The leaves, and especially the root, made into an infusion (1 oz. in two cups of water, steeped for 15 minutes) are a good remedy for diarrhea. If this is mixed with cream, it will relieve nausea and vomiting. This tea is also used to prevent miscarriage, increase milk flow and reduce labour pains. We suggest this herb regularly in the Wild Rose Clinic to stop nausea in pregnancy and produce safe, speedy and easy delivery. Pregnant women should drink this tea at least once a day for the duration of the pregnancy but especially in the last three months. The tea is also valuable for menstrual problems, decreasing the flow without stopping it too abruptly.

Raspberry leaves are soothing and toning to the stomach and bowels. If taken at the first signs of flu or a cold, raspberry leaf tea will often stop them short. It is a herb that has many qualities by itself. When combined with other herbs, its effects are almost miraculous.

The berries are mildly laxative.

Rubus ideaus (L. from Mount Ida, Crete or northwest Turkey) is the domestic red raspberry. It is as useful as the wild one for all the above treatments.

Rubus parviflorus (L. “small-flowered”) was often eaten by Blackfoot Indians to treat chest disorders.

Cloudberries (R. chamaemorus) juice was used by the Yup ik for treating hives.