Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
This afternoon I had the pleasure of sitting down with an old friend over a cup of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. She is 9 months pregnant and several days over her due date which prompted her visit and our cuppa. Whatever the reason, I’m always excited to sit down with someone and chat over tea.
Red Raspberry Leaf has been used for “women related issues” for a long time. I remember during my pregnancies the OB-GYNs telling me not to consume the tea because it could cause labor. I listened and then did some research. They were right as it had been used by natives for inducing labor, however, what the OB’s failed to mention was that it was also used for toning your uterus. I understand why they didn’t want me drinking it. There are far too many people who are sue happy and wouldn’t take responsibility for their own actions.
Honestly, during my first pregnancy, I was a nervous nancy and listened to their advice, not wanting ANYTHING to happen to my baby. However, after women go through the motions of one child, the second one usually allows us to relax a bit. So after getting pregnant relatively quickly after delivering my first via c-section, I realized my uterus needed some healing. I began drinking about two cups of Red Raspberry Leaf tea per day. During the last month or so of my pregnancy, I consumed more….probably somewhere around 4-5 cups per day. Although it did not instigate labor, I attribute that tea along with other factors for a much easier delivery the second time around.
One of the additional side effects of Red Raspberry Leaf tea is that it also helps bring in your milk. I was told I couldn’t breast feed, however, several nights into being home I found myself with milk. Isn’t the human body AMAZING?!?!
Women can also use this amazing herb outside of the realm of child birth. If one has an excessive flow during menstruation, drinking this tea is good for helping to control your flow. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is also good to help with diarrhea and colic, as an astringent for wounds, and for cardiovascular health. Here is a link where you may find more helpful information in learning more about Red Raspberry Leaf Tea.
The taste is quite comparable to black tea as Red Raspberry Leaf does contain tannins. I find the taste a bit earthier and quite delicious. I gave some to my sister, who for all intensive purposes won’t ingest anything that isn’t sugar laden and bad for you. She was able to consume the tea and actually enjoyed it.
In reading more about this herb for this blog post, I’ve found it is also good in preventing cold sores. Ironically I have one now and am extremely prone to getting them especially with the colder months ahead. So I’d like to take a moment and thank Karma/God/Serendipity for always showing me to the things I need, even if I don’t realize I need them.
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