I’m a tea person. I haven’t had coffee in almost five years, but I LOVE my teas. I have a cupboard full of different teas – black teas, green teas, herbal teas and white teas.
Teas are “in” and different blends have different benefits.
Red raspberry leaf tea is a black tea but without the caffeine. Making it a safe choice for those limiting their intake of caffeine.
Where it’s from
The red raspberry plant is native to Europe and parts of Asia. This tea is known for its sweet nutritious berries. The leaves are also loaded with nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin C and minerals including potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and iron. Red raspberry leaf tea is also known for its antioxidant properties. The antioxidant properties in the leaves can help protect cells from damage in the body.
Benefits to Women
This tea has benefits for men and women, but it known as the women’s tea.
- Ease menstrual discomfort
- Improve reproductive health
- Balance hormones to increase fertility
- May improve chances of implantation
- May prevent miscarriage by strengthening and toning the uterine wall
- Shorten labour
Drinking this tea helps improve reproductive health, can balance hormones to increase changes of getting pregnancy, can improve changes of implantation and can help prevent miscarriage.
The uterus needs a lot of vitamins and minerals to function properly and red raspberry leaf tea has them. Red raspberry leaf is rich in vitamins and minerals, containing vitamins C, E, and A, a variety of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.
Research has shown that drinking red raspberry leaf tea helps relive premenstrual symptoms (PMS), cramping, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
The leaves contain fragarine, a plant compound that helps tones and tighten muscles in the pelvic area. This may help reduce menstrual cramps.
You may not have heard about red raspberry leaf tea until you became pregnant. It is often recommended to drink during the last trimester and the weeks leading up to your estimated due date.
Red raspberry leaf tea can also be used during first trimester to relief common symptoms such as morning sickness.
The tea also helps to strengthen the uterus , improve labour outcomes and prevent excessive bleeding after birth.
If your trying for a vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC) this tea can help make your uterus stronger A stronger uterus is less likely to rupture.
- Reduce morning sickness
- Improves the effectiveness of contractions
- Improve strength of amniotic sac
- Reduced pain during labor and after birth.
- Labour may be shorter and less painful.
The fragarine compound found in red raspberry leaves is known to help tone and tighten the walls of the uterus. This can help make delivery easier.
A study of 108 women showed that those who drank the tea during the last weeks of pregnancy had a shower first stage of labour. The first stage of labour is usually the longest and for some could be a few hours to a few days. In a textbook labour, once 5 cm dilation has been reach, the cervix typically opens 1 cm an hour to 90 minutes.
Another study found that women who drank the tea had reduced risk of needing their baby to be delivered with the help of forceps or vacuum. It also showed there was a reduction in preterm labour.
Red raspberry leaf tea may help strengthen your uterine walls, decrease labour time and reduce the use of birthing interventions.
Continuing to drink this tea once baby has arrived has shown to help balance postpartum hormones and the high mineral count in the tea, can help with those wanting to breastfeed by helping to bring in milk supply.
Convinced about the benefits of red raspberry leaf tea but not sure how much to take.
The most optimal time to start drinking the tea is at 32 weeks of pregnancy and can be taken in a tablet form or by drinking 1 to 3 cups per day. Prior to 32 weeks, its recommend to limited to 1 cup per day.
As with any herbal remedy consult with your midwife, family doctor or obstetrician.
The main side effect of consuming red raspberry leaf tea is looser stools and its mild diuretic effect. It can also increase the need to urinate.
Basic Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Use a ratio of 1 Tbs of loose leaf red raspberry leaf tea (or 1 tea bag) and 1 cup of boiling water.
Pour boiling water over leaves and steep for 10-15 minutes.
Strain the tea and drink.
Labour Day Tea Recipe
1 1/2 cups of loose red raspberry leaf tea (or 24 tea bags)
4 cups of filtered water
Let the tea come to a boil and then reduce heat.
Let the mixture simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Sweeten to taste
Strain and sip throughout day.
Ask your healthcare provider first if this mixture is right for you.
There are many benefits to drinking red raspberry leaf tea. Make sure when you purchase yours that it is red raspberry leaf. Look at the ingredients. Many supermarkets and health food stories carry this tea.
You can explore different recipes and even add slices or fruit such as oranges, limes or lemons. You can drink this hot or cold and even add steamed milk to create a latte (my favourite way to drink tea).