Reminds you to be grateful for all of life’s ups and downs.
Powers: Protection, Love
Raspberry leaves contain very powerful, nurturing magic. They are connected with the Great Earth Mother and will remind you to love and honor your family and community.
The brambles (branches) of the raspberry are hung up at doors and windows for protection. This is also done when a death has occurred so that the spirit won’t re-enter the house once it has left.
Raspberry is served as a love-inducing food, and the leaves are carried by pregnant women to alleviate the pains of pregnancy and childbirth.
To protect your home and all who enter, hang some dried raspberry leaves over your front door. You can also scatter a few handfuls around your property to attract love and good luck.
MEDICINE WHEEL ASSOCIATION: RIPE BERRIES MOON – JULY 23 TO AUGUST 22
Botanical: Rubus idaeus
Family: N.O. Rosaceae
Medicinal Parts: leaves, berries, roots, bark, rhizomes
Solvents: Water, alcohol
Bodily Influence: Astringent, stimulant, tonic
A native to North America and Europe, the raspberry, due to popularity, has been cultivated since the 16th century. Species of raspberries are seen in most temperate parts of the world. The plants are perennial, but they have characteristic biennial growth habit. The canes are generally erect, freely branched, and prickly, 3-4 feet high and covered with small, straight, slender prickles. The leaves are pale green above, gray-white beneath, double serrated with a rounded base, about 3 inches long and 2 inches broad. The small, white, pendulous flowers bloom in May or June in simple clusters, with the ripening of the raspberry in June and July. The fruit is not a true berry but aggregates composed of a number of drupelets.
Constituents: The Raspberry contains a crystallizable fruit-sugar, a fragrant volatile oil, pectin, citric and malic acids, mineral salts, coloring matter, and water. The ripe fruit is fragrant, subacid and cooling: it allays heat and thirst and is not liable to acetous fermentation in the stomach.
Uses: Astringent and stimulant.
- A mild, pleasant, soothing Raspberry Leaf Tea is made by adding two heaping tablespoons of raspberry leaves to a pint of boiling water and steeping for at least ten minutes, or until the tea is rich in color and smells full-bodied. The tea makes an excellent gargle for sore throats and cankers in the mouth and is also recommended as a remedy for bad breath.
- The astringent properties of raspberry leaves make them generally beneficial to digestion. It is much used in relief of urethral irritation and is soothing to the kidneys, urinary tract, and ducts.
- An infusion of Raspberry leaves, taken cold, is a mild and reliable remedy to control diarrhea and dysentery even among infants and young children.
- A level teaspoon of the dried leaves to a cup of bubbling water, steeped until it is cooled, and then drunk cold, two cups a day is an enjoyable method to use as a blood purifier and spring tonic.
- The leaves, combined with the powdered bark of Slippery Elm, make a good poultice for cleansing wounds, burns, and scalds, and prevent scarring.
- The tea steeped from raspberry or blackberry leaves was thought to help mothers in childbirth and was given as a refreshing drink during delivery. The leaves were steeped in water, without boiling, and given to pregnant women to ease delivery. This infusion, the subject of later experiments in its ability to relieve labor pains, seemed to act principally to relieve muscular tension about the uterus.
Tincture of Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) 5 – 10 drops
Tincture of raspberry (Rubus idaeus) 10-40 drops
In water, three or four times a day is a useful solution for the uterus and to stop hemorrhages. Raspberry leaf tea can be taken freely before and during confinement; it will strengthen and prevent miscarriage and render parturition less laborious.
The infusion will also relieve painful menstruation and aid the flow; if too abundant it will decrease without abruptly stopping it. Infuse with prickly ash (xanthoxylum americanum) and blue cohosh (caulophyllum thalictroides) and take ½ cup three times a day.
Raspberry leaves as a feminine douche for leukorrhea is made with 1 tablespoonful of the leaves simmered in 1 pint of water for 10 minutes, covered, cooled, and added to a container of room-temperature water.
Dose: Tincture of raspberry alone, 30 – 60 drops in water as required. Infusion, 1 teaspoonful to 1 cupful of boiling water; steep at least three minutes.
Externally: the infusion is a valuable wash in sores, ulcers and raw surfaces as an astringent.
FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:
During the last three months of pregnancy, drink herbal teas of raspberry leaves or squaw vine to help strengthen the uterus and prepare it for childbirth. Drink 600 ml (1 pint) of tea a day. While in labor, if contractions are weak and ineffective, drink a tea made from a mixture of raspberry leaves and black cohosh with a slice of ginger. If pains are very sharp and cramping, add cramp bark. Massage the back and legs with dilute oils of lavender or chamomile.
Magical Use: If you are pregnant, remember to place some of the leaves under the bed where you will be giving birth; they will ease the pain of childbirth.
- Juice and wine made from the berries are still used in Appalachia to combat diarrhea.
- The berries and their juice were long used by many native tribes to rid their members of chronic stomach trouble and to allay vomiting and retching.
- It was considered effective in preventing miscarriage.
- A home-made wine, brewed from the fermented juice of ripe Raspberries, is used to remedy primary tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands, especially those of the neck, and Raspberry syrup dissolves the tartar of the teeth.
BARK, ROOTS, AND RHIZOMES
- The dried bark of the roots and rhizomes of the species have long been recognized by the medical world both as an astringent and as a tonic. A tea was made from the early spring twigs or roots and rhizomes.
- This was also held to be effective against diarrhea and, in strong doses, even as an antidote against some poisons. The root tea was also used to dry up runny noses.
- The astringent property of the roots resulted in their use as a gargle for sore throats and mouths, for cankers, and as a medication for bleeding cuts and wounds.
- In cases of diarrhea, an ounce of blackberry roots was boiled down from six cups to four cups then drunk by the half cup about every two hours as long as the trouble persisted. A bigger dosage of this astringent tea was said to be useful in helping those suffering from whooping cough.
- Bark scraped from the branches and vines of these species was also favored in a decoction for upset stomachs.
In October, cut down all the old wood that has produced fruit in the summer and shorten the young shoots to about 2 feet in length. Dig the spaces between the rows well and dress with a little manure. Beyond weeding during the summer, no further care is needed. It is wise to form new plantations every three or four years, as the fruit on old plants is apt to deteriorate.
Ripe Berries Moon
STURGEON – GARNET AND IRON – RASPBERRY – RED
July 23 to August 22
The Ripe Berries Moon is the second moon of Shawnodese, Spirit Keeper of the South. Iron and garnet are the mineral totems for this moon, raspberry is the plant totem, and the sturgeon is the animal totem. The color is red, and the Thunderbird clan influences the position.
Iron teaches people in this position about their strength and garnet shows them their heart is the source of that strength. From the raspberry, they learn about their sweetness and the thorns they project to protect this part of themselves from other people. The sturgeon shows them their depth and their need to teach. The Ripe Berries Moon teaches them how to work from the heart center, how to demonstrate affection, how to face fears, and how to develop leadership abilities. This moon helps develop courage and power. People experiencing the sturgeon energy need to guard against impulsiveness, arrogance, and a tendency to dominate any scenario.
Sturgeon is the animal totem associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. The sturgeon is known as the king of fishes. A primitive fish that has probably existed on the earth since around the time the dinosaurs disappeared, the sturgeon comes in a variety of sizes, but can reach twelve-foot lengths and at least 300-pound weights.
Sturgeons were considered the royalty of fishes among the Native people who lived in the Great Lakes area. In the Ojibwa nation, there is a Sturgeon clan that is one of the teaching clans. To the Ojibwa people, the sturgeon represents depth and strength.
The European people who came to North America did not have the same respect for this fish. At first, they considered it a nuisance when sturgeons got in their nets. Later they almost fished it to extinction when they discovered the value of its roe, which is better known as caviar. The sturgeon is rarely found now.
Working with the sturgeon can teach you about your determination, perseverance, depth, knowledge, generosity, strength, and sexuality.
MINERALS: GARNET AND IRON
Garnet and iron are the minerals associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. Garnet can help to balance your sexual energies. It is associated with the heart and blood and can stimulate the free flow of emotion in its wearer.
Garnet can help to strengthen those who carry it, can warn of danger, and can help you to lead a good and honorable life. It can also help you penetrate to the heart of any matter.
Iron is good for the blood and heart. It can remind you of the necessity of being tempered by life’s experiences. It can encourage you to have a discriminating hardness that will allow you to know when no is the answer that will promote the highest good for all that are involved.
Raspberries, the plant associated with the Ripe Berries Moon. The raspberry itself is a delicacy, and the leaves and root of the plant have medicinal properties. The berries not only delight but also cleanse the system. They can aid in breaking up and expelling gallstones and kidney stones and stimulate the activity of the urinary tract. The root is an astringent and has some antibiotic and healing properties. It can be used as a gargle for sore throats. The tea as a compress has been applied to wounds and cuts to slow bleeding. A tea from the leaves can be used to cure diarrhea, cankers, uterine problems, and menstrual issues. Raspberry leaf tea is one of the best herbal teas for pregnant women, acting as a tonic. A tea from the twigs is good for colds, flues, difficulty in breathing, and for balancing blood sugar levels. Raspberry plants can teach you to find the sweetness within the thorns of life.
The color associated with this moon is RED. This is the red of the ripe raspberry, the red of the most prized of garnets. It is the red of the life force, the red of strong will. This is a red that can signify pride, greed, unthinking sexuality, and erratic actions. Having this color around you will increase your energy and power. It will also challenge you to temper your actions with thought.
THE ENERGY OF THE RIPE BERRIES MOON
life lessons, victory, courage
Survival is the theme of the Ripe Berries Moon. No matter what hardships life has recently handed you, this moon signals victory over adversity. Past issues resurface because spirit knows you are now equipped to deal with them. Truths avoided only resurface at a later time. Confront the lesson and release the burdens that stand in the way of your personal fulfillment.
Those born under the Ripe Berries Moon have a very masculine approach, which comes across as incredible strength and stamina. This moon encourages you to explore your softer feminine side deep within, and bring your emotions to the surface. Face them with an open nurturing heart and express them with the strength and stability of the Ripe Berries Moon influence. When you find this balance you will feel and emotional calm and be able to hear the voice of your intuition. You will have the strength and courage to accept an abundant life for yourself. Set an example to others who look up to you. Owning your own power comes from accepting and creating abundance through gentle perseverance and strength of will.
Prayer: Help me to have courage and strength, Great Spirit, to confront lessons as they arise and to accept the rewards for my accomplishments.