Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits: Your Hormones Will Thank You

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Cup of raspberry leaf tea: Raspberry Leaf Tea BenefitsRed raspberry leaf tea, not to be confused with raspberry flavored tea, has long been used for women’s health. In my doula practice, I see a lot of use and get a lot of questions about Red Raspberry leaf tea. I am no doctor, so I tell clients to check with their doctor before use, but having used it myself and based on all of my research, I do sing its praises.

It’s not simply a flavored tea — it is made from raspberry bush leaves and offers many benefits. However, it is not just for women. The health benefits extend to everyone. It is also quite tasty when prepared as iced or hot tea.

What Does Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Do?

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There are a multitude of benefits to red raspberry leaf tea. The tea leaves are naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b vitamins. It’s helpful for nausea and leg cramps (which may improve sleep). It also has astringent properties, which make it soothing, for your insides and your “outsides”. Anyone can use it for sunburn, eczema, rashes, and other skin irritations and can improve gum disease. It is also high in Vitamins B, C, and E, which are helpful for their immune properties and for energy.

It is also a great detoxifier, which is beneficial to men and women. Men are exposed to hormones every day in the foods we consume that are laden with estrogen in the form of soy (even oil sprays have soy in the propellant). Regular use helps detoxify these hormones and may improve testosterone levels. The best part is, it’s entirely safe for use, even in large doses (see pregnancy section for a possible exception), and is also safe for children.

Fertility Benefits

Red raspberry leaf tea is probably most commonly used for women’s health. Drinking red raspberry leaf tea has many, many benefits for women. If you are trying to conceive, again, it clears toxins from your system that may be preventing pregnancy. It strengthens the uterine wall, which may increase the chances of embryo implantation and reduces the chance of early miscarriage.

Raspberry Tea Benefits For Pregnancy

Red raspberry leaf tea is often used during pregnancy to strengthen and tone the uterus.


It has been shown to make contractions more productive and may shorten the length of labor (particularly early labor).

I can’t speak in absolutes on this, but my experience was positive. I didn’t drink red raspberry leaf tea in my first pregnancy. I had hours and hours of unproductive contractions that led to Pitocin. In my second pregnancy, I consumed a lot. My labor was just about 6 hours from my first noticeable contraction to delivery.

Strengthens The Uterine Wall

It is also particularly helpful for women wanting a vaginal birth after a cesarean section because it strengthens the uterine wall. The most significant risk (which is still very small) with a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is a rupture of the uterine wall. The red raspberry leaf tea strengthens both the wall and the round ligaments surrounding the uterus, decreasing the risk of rupture. Some doctors recommend not drinking the tea in early pregnancy (before the third trimester) because it can cause cramping. It is unknown if this cramping has resulted in preterm labor.

Potential For Cramps

In my second pregnancy, I made gallons of red raspberry leaf tea and drank it like I would any iced tea. I DID feel some crampiness that did go away when I slowed down my consumption. It did not feel like contractions, but I was early enough that it made me a little uncomfortable. After cutting back to 2 cups a day, the cramping stopped, and it didn’t send me into labor (in fact, that baby came at 40 weeks, two days). So, be aware of your body.

Ask your doctor before consuming any herbal supplement during pregnancy. If you experience cramping, either discontinue use or reduce your intake.

Learn about more benefits in this video:

Women’s Health Benefits After Pregnancy

Red Raspberry leaf tea can be used postpartum for a multitude of things. It has been shown to decrease postpartum bleeding and increase milk production. It may also regulate hormones, which often fluctuate wildly in the postpartum period and could decrease the risk or severity of postpartum depression.

Most doctors agree it is safe to consume while breastfeeding, but, again, ask your doctor before you include any supplement in your diet while breastfeeding.

How To Use/Brew Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red Raspberry leaf tea can be brewed hot or cold. It comes in loose leaf tea as well as tea bags. I made it into iced tea and added a little honey while it was still hot (not much). It is a light flavor, so make sure you experiment and test it in different ways to find what works the best for you.

Putting a handful of loose tea into a glass container or water and setting in the sun for a few hours works quite well. Make sure you strain out the leaves before you drink it though.

Where To Buy

I used Organic Raspberry Leaf tea bags (easily found on Amazon) for ease. However, the flavor will be a little stronger with loose leaves and it’s quite a bit cheaper. For loose-leaf, my sister likes this one: Starwest Botanicals Organic Raspberry Tea.

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I had the chance to try a free sample of The Republic of Tea’s Raspberry Leaf for Women’s Health in exchange for an honest review.

The taste was surprisingly creamy and smooth compared to green or black teas I have tried. It’s made with organic red raspberry leaf, rosehips, and raspberries with natural raspberry and vanilla flavors. The tea is naturally calorie and caffeine-free. There were hints of sweetness and fruit that was soothing and delicious.

The tin has 36 unbleached circular tea bags, but they aren’t individually packaged for easy on-the-go use.

I drank it while on my period and noticed I had much less cramping and bloating than usual, which could be thanks to its natural healing properties. -Sadie C., Earth’s Friends 4/13/2017

Is It For Me?

The better question is, are you alive? Because, if so, it’s probably for you. It is a healthy addition to any diet that happens to taste great. The many health benefits are great for anyone.

I’m well past my childbearing days, but I still purchase and drink this tea often. Two of my kids drink and enjoy it. It is caffeine-free, but I definitely feel a burst of energy after drinking.

It’s a tasty addition to any diet with many health benefits. How can you go wrong? It tastes great hot or cold. So brew away and drink up!

Want More Tea?

Learn more about other types of teas and their benefits (or better yet, have teas delivered to you). And check out our tea pot review to find the best kettle to brew your favorite tea.

Which raspberry leaf tea benefits interest you the most?

About The Author:

Mother of four boys and the wife of a minister in Georgia. The world is full of medical “miracles” but over time and lots of experience, this mom has discovered that raising a natural baby creates the most wonderful bonds and lessons for her children.

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November 25, 2019 2:04 pm

Great article. What are you thoughts on using this a natural ‘multi-vitamin’ for kids?

Sadie Cornelius
December 3, 2019 4:09 am
Reply to  sara

Sara, are you wondering if raspberry leaf tea could be used as a multivitamin for kids? Raspberry leaf tea doesn’t have all of the same vitamins and amounts that a children’s multivitamin would have. Additionally, most benefits for raspberry leaf tea are for fertility and pregnancy, which is something a child wouldn’t benefit as much from. However, children can safely drink raspberry leaf tea. As always, speak to your child’s pediatrician if you have questions.

October 19, 2019 7:18 am

Thank you for the info. I am post-menopausal and have started drinking a cup of red leaf raspberry tea every morning. I found that it strengthens my bladder control which becomes a problem in the menopausal years, especially if one does not use Hormone Replacement Therapy.

September 28, 2019 4:38 pm

Thank you for sharing this. Been having endometriosis since i was a teenager up to now. Been bleeding for the past 8months non stop with cloud . Let me try this raspberry tea. thanks Amy Rose

Jay Jorgenson
August 19, 2019 1:43 pm

My cousin and his wife have been trying to have a baby. I like how you mention raspberry tea clears toxins from the system that may be preventing pregnancy. Thank you for the information. I’ll share this information with my cousin so his wife can try this method.

December 3, 2018 3:29 pm

so I have had my period for about 10 days and 2 days after it completely stopped then after the 2nd day It returned and lasts longer than 2 weeks. what could be wrong with my menstrual cycle? can I drink this tea to help?

October 31, 2019 7:03 pm
Reply to  reyna

As a medical suggestion: Get your iron levels checked. My Gyno put me on PROGESTERONE for awhile which helped but precipitated the symptoms above and kicked it into high gear of additional menstrual upsets. I ended up taking myself off of the medication, and resisted taking the Low Iron pills from both my physician and the Gyno. It made going to the bathroom worse. Increased B-12 and green tea consumption in the mornings. Then, the bleeding was so bad that after a routine blood test the doctor called me to go to the hospital for a blood infusion. That was overnight into the next day and discharged from the hospital. Then I was told that my iron levels had depleted from the Endometriosis inflammation was bad and put on FE iv infusion treatments for two years. Currently my condition has improved. Switched over two different FE iv meds and feel better. Changed my diet again and I am feeling better. See the Gyno but always see another specialist.

March 9, 2019 4:55 pm
Reply to  reyna

Try Cod Liver Oil. It is amazing. High doses at first.

Sharon Jordan
March 29, 2018 9:30 pm

I have endometriosis since early teens. I felt cramps tonight and made a cup of raspberry leaf tea, it helps better than any pills

January 31, 2018 8:12 pm

im 15 and started drinking the tea because of the color being such a bright pink/red. Now whenever i drink it i have intense cramps. My period is usually super out of control and comes and then disappears for 2-4 months. when i started drinking it, it started coming more often. is this something that comes along with drinking raspberry tea or are my hormones just starting to stabilize?

August 18, 2019 5:42 pm
Reply to  beatrice

I was gifted Passion Fruit tea. Bright pink and taste as good as it looks. At first my body craved a lot of it, then I noticed it was tiring me. In the beginning it was giving me calm smooth elated energy. Later I looked it up. Its used to balance blood pressure. To mean it relaxes the arteries. So I could see how that would help the body have better monthly cycles. Hope this helps.

July 17, 2019 9:24 am
Reply to  beatrice

When you say the color was bright red/pink, do you mean your menstrual flow? Red raspberry tea is a powerful detoxer. If your cycle has been out of whack, it could mean that its toning your system. And from personal experience with detox, there are definitely moments it feels like things get worse before it gets better.

July 2, 2019 11:25 am
Reply to  beatrice

If your tea is bright red/pink. That is not red raspberry. But something else. This tea is green only, it is from the leaf of the plant, not the fruit.

July 31, 2017 8:35 pm


I have recently been diagnosed with endometriosis, and my sister told me to look into raspberry leaf tea to help with my constant pain. Wondering if you have any information on this?


May 31, 2020 1:37 pm
Reply to  Haley

I use to drink paw paw leaf is amazing.boil fresh or dried pawpaw leaf add little salt it works more than ibuprofen

March 10, 2019 9:53 pm
Reply to  Haley

Chaste tree capsule every morning and raspberry leaf iced or hot throughout the day or at least twice a day. Chaste tree can take any where from two weeks to three months to help some ppl. I found it helped me in two weeks. It balances your hormones by aiding the pituitary gland. The raspberry leaf helps your body metabolize estrogen and filter it through the liver. It does it in a way thats healthier. I have ademyosis which is similar to endometriosis. The difference is the endometrium is in my uterine walls/muscle. I have pain and constantly hemorrhage to the point of near death. These herbs I mentioned have helped me so tremendously and raspberry leaf sometimes cramps and thats only when your uterus and pelvic region are being strentby the tannins in the tea. I found it is not permanent and goes away. Theae uerbas have also helped tremendously with my iron levels. I see a hematologist regularly and she is amazed. So she is following my use of these herbs and so is my OB/GYN.

November 8, 2016 8:14 pm

I am in Perimenopause I have 2 fibroids & 2 cysts. Some months I will have a period, others I won’t have any then the next spot a couple months every day, with no period just spotting, then go back to either not having one or having a normal period again. I bought some red raspberry leaf capsules, because a lot of women said it helped with getting hormones back to normal, to regulate cycles. I haven’t started them yet, but just read if you have fibroids not to take it, because of the estrogen. But then other sites say take it for fibroids so I don’t know whether to start them or not?

March 10, 2019 9:58 pm
Reply to  Beth

It doesnt make estrogen it helps your body metabolize estrogen especially those who are estrogen dominant, which peri menopausal women are. It will help with blood flow. Chaste tree or its other name vitex helps balance hormones. Balances progesterone to naturally match your estrogen. I have fibroids and take both of these herbs. They saved my life, literally. I almost dies from a 6 month hemorrhage that nothing could stop and I refused to give up my uterus bcuz I dont have cancer in it. Everything they tried and every hormone they have me failed. Then I started studimg herbs and decided it wont make it worse to try them. Then relief came. It is wonderful.

August 16, 2019 9:49 am
Reply to  VRV

How long did you take this tea for and if so how many times a day for how long? Need responses? My mom has the same problem.

August 5, 2018 6:14 pm
Reply to  Beth

Did you eventually take the tea? I’m having the same trouble with a fibroid ..

October 28, 2016 9:30 pm

Does raspberry leaf tea help with PMS symptoms?

Sadie Cornelius
October 31, 2016 7:52 am
Reply to  Mindi

Mindi, yes it’s a great natural remedy as it contains fragarine and tannins which can relieve cramping, headaches and other pain associated with the menstrual cycle.

April 29, 2016 9:51 am

I am trying to get pregnant and have tried everything but not this, so thanks Amy for sharing! I will start drinking raspberry tea to see if that can help clear out some of the toxins and aid in my fertility process!

Michelle Schenker
July 10, 2019 11:58 am
Reply to  AlabamaMom

Everyone on this thread should be sure to drink Red Raspberry LEAF tea – not just Raspberry tea – to see the potential benefits.

Carrie Bogy
June 4, 2018 1:55 pm
Reply to  AlabamaMom

Hello Alabama Mom. I just joined on in here and read your post. Just wondering if you had any success, conceiving? I have read testimonials from women who had success, from using natural plant- based progesterone cream.

La Toyia Mixon
January 16, 2019 3:41 am
Reply to  Carrie Bogy

Hello Carrie Bogy. I know for a fact this tea worked for me. I had an irregular cycle due to hormonal imbalance. I started drinking the tea in March of 2017, had a cycle May 2017, and July 2017 I found out I was 10 weeks pregnant. My baby boy is now 11 months old.

February 25, 2019 5:53 pm
Reply to  La Toyia Mixon

Hello, i read your comment about the tea. Im trying to get pregnant for 13 months but no luck, my period is irregular after i stopped my birth control pill. I tried cinnamon with milk every night last month and then my friend suggests me to try raspberry leaf tea so i bought it the next day, after two days of drinking the tea my period came on the third day. I’m not sure if because of the cinnamon or the raspberry tea? What do you think? Im confused right now

March 9, 2019 11:42 pm
Reply to  Cherie

Did it regularity your period

March 29, 2019 2:16 am
Reply to  Nana

I have trying to conceive since 2016.tried from clomid down to fertilaid products. right now im on vitex and rasp berry tea hoping to be caked with the baby dust anytime soonest. faithrolls the mountain.
baby dust to all ttc moms.

Janiesha Patrice Harris
August 20, 2019 8:46 am
Reply to  Belinder

Any luck with conceiving yet?

July 2, 2019 11:45 am
Reply to  Belinder

Sometimes heavy metals are the reason for not being able to conceive. A smoothie of
wild blue berries 1-1/2 cups
1 cup water
cilanto about the top of a bunch.
Spirulina Pacifica 1 tsp
barley grass powder 1 tsp
Atlantic dulse large pinch
This will helps pull out heavy metals naturally. Many times we have them. I was tested and told I had none. Then I went to a place that gave me something to draw them out. My metals were off the charts. Unless you are exposed in large portions everyday, they will go into our organs, and muscles and not show up in our urine or blood. Raspberry leaves helps with renourishing and stablizing the body too.
Good Luck

October 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Reply to  Susan

Heavy metals: Eat a sweet potato. It binds it up out of your system and since its fibrous .. well, you know. Add some brown sugar and butter. Or roast it. Good for you. no pill. Natural God given medicine for the body.

August 18, 2019 5:44 pm
Reply to  Susan

Though my monthly cycles have ceased, what about using Raspberry Leaf tea for overall hormone support and balance? thank you!

Alberta Love
January 31, 2019 2:15 am
Reply to  La Toyia Mixon

Thank you for giving me so much hope.

Alberta Love
January 31, 2019 1:53 am
Reply to  La Toyia Mixon

La Toyia Mixon…. omg thank you so much. You really give me hope. I’ve been going through the exact same thing for about 5 years. I had my daughter in 2014. And I’ve been trying to conceive since. And nothings worked. Today i bought the tea and hopefully I’ll be able to expand my family. Thank you for sharing your story .