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Red raspberry leaf tea, not to be confused with raspberry flavored tea, has long been used for women’s health. In my doula practice, I definitely see a lot of use and get a lot of questions about Red Raspberry leaf tea. I am no doctor, so I always 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, but it is made from the leaves of the raspberry bush and offers many benefits; however, it is not just for women. The health benefits extend to everyone. It is also quite tasty and can be prepared as iced or hot tea.
What Does Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Do?
|Traditional Medicinals Organic Tea Raspberry Leaf|
There are a multitude of benefits to red raspberry left 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 even help improve testosterone levels. The best part is, it’s completely safe to use, even in large doses (see pregnancy section for a possible exception), and is even safe for children.
Raspberry Leaf Tea 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.
Raspberry Leaf Tea and 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. It has been shown to make contractions more productive and may shorten the length of labor (particularly early labor).
It is also particularly helpful for women wanting a vaginal birth after a cesarean section because it strengthens the uterine wall. The greatest 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.
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, 2 days). So, just 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 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 taste test different ways that work 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 Raspberry Leaf Tea
I used Organic Raspberry Leaf tea bags (easily found on amazon) just for ease, but the flavor will be a little stronger with loose leaves (and it’s quite a bit cheaper). For loose leaf, try this one: Starwest Botanicals Organic Raspberry Tea.
Another Product Review: Republic of Tea Review
I had the chance to try 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 from 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 will drink it (and enjoy it). It is caffeine free, but I definitely feel a burst of energy after drinking (and I don’t add sugar to any tea I consume anymore). 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!
Which benefits of raspberry leaf tea are you most excited about?