Known as Rubus idaeus, raspberry leaves are not commonly smoked but have been shown to have some amazing health benefits. Not only do they not contain nicotine (which is great for those trying to quit smoking) but they also have many beneficial compounds like tannins, flavonoids, ellagic acid, potassium, Vitamin C and phosphorus. When smoked, these compounds are delivered directly into the bloodstream through the lungs.
Smoking red raspberry leaf is a wonderful way to get all of the benefits of this herb without any of the negative side effects of traditional tobacco cigarettes. The smoke is smooth and has a light flavor. Raspberry leaves are a good addition to any herbal smoking blend as they help to round out the flavors of other herbs and make them smoother when smoked. This helps the smoker to experience a more enjoyable and rewarding smoking session.
Many pregnant women use this herb during pregnancy to stimulate and help with labor. It is thought that this herb works by expanding the blood vessels and allowing the pelvic muscles to relax and release tension. This may help to alleviate symptoms of contractions, morning sickness and PMS. Often found in teas labeled as pregnancy teas, this herb can be purchased loose as leaves or in tea bags (check that the product is made from 100% raspberry leaves).
It's important to inform your doctor of any herbs you are taking before using them. There are some medications that interact with certain herbs and should not be used together. This includes both prescription and over the counter drugs.