I grew up through my childhood and early adult life thinking herbs were something you cooked with and that was all. I had no clue when I was younger that herbs could have a huge impact on my health. In fact, it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my third child that I even gave herbs a second look.
When I was pregnant with baby number three, I discovered red raspberry leaf tea. Red raspberry leaf tea is like the natural mama’s must have when pregnant. If you’ve never heard of all that it can do for the mama to be you’ll want to read this post, but I’ll give you a teaser… it makes labor a hundred times easier! That was my reason for chugging down this tea like it was going out of style!
However, I didn’t stop drinking red raspberry leaf tea once I had my baby. After I had my baby, I kept drinking red raspberry leaf tea and 5 years later, I still have at least two cups of this tea every day!
Why? Because…[Tweet “Red raspberry leaf tea is a tea that I think all women should drink!”]
Let me tell you why I think red raspberry leaf for women (ALL women) is important!
Reasons for Women to Drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
- High in many nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin C.
- Strengthens the uterus
- Regulates menstrual cycles
- Can decrease heavy cycles
- Reduce menstrual cramps
- Helps with PMS
Reasons for Moms to Be to Drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
- Relieves morning sickness
- Makes labor easier and often faster
- Lessens postpartum bleeding
- Reduces afterpains
- Increases milk supply
How to Make and Drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
You can buy red raspberry leaf in pre-bagged tea, in which case making tea is as simple as dropping a tea bag into a cup of steaming water. If you are using loose leaf tea…
- Add 2-3 teaspoons of loose wild-harvested or organic red raspberry leaf to a cup of steaming water
- Let steep at least 10-20 minutes
- You can also make this tea in big batches and make it into iced tea
However, I want to share a secret to making this tea taste amazing and making it easier to incorporate into your life.
Red raspberry leaf tea smoothies. That’s right…smoothies! We are taking the powders of red raspberry leaf tea and turning it into a delicious smoothie that you can have for breakfast or even a snack!
- 2 cups cooled red raspberry leaf tea
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- Pour cooled tea into blender.
- Add in frozen fruits and whirl away!
- Once everything is incorporated to your desire, you are finished! See wasn't that easy?
NOTE: When we post about red raspberry leaf here on Scratch Mommy we typically receive few reader comments regarding use during pregnancy, so we’ll tackle that now.
Of course, consult with your own naturopath, midwife, herbalist, MD, etc for any questions you have, as we are not in the business of providing medical advice.
According to Rosemary Gladstar, author of Herbal Healing for Women, “Four herbs are particularly recommended by experienced herbalists and have been used safely by pregnant women for centuries. Rich in vitamins and minerals, red raspberry leaf, nettles, alfalfa, and dandelion act as system supporting tonics for overall health of the expectant mother.”
Red raspberry leaf, taken as a tea or in capsule form, strengthens the uterus, alleviates morning sickness, eases labor and delivery as well as postpartum discomforts, and aids in milk productions. Women with a history of miscarriage, however, should not use this herb until the second trimester.1