raspberry leaf tea benefits for women

Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits for Women & How to Make It

There are many benefits of raspberry leaf tea for women. For centuries it has been recognized as a uterine tonic by indigenous people. Native Americans have used raspberry leaf teas and extracts to treat pregnancy related problems. Today many women use raspberry leaf for pregnancy support and as a general women's health herb.

Key Actions

  • anti-inflammatory
  • nervine
  • nutritive
  • relaxant
  • astringent

Raspberry Leaf Tea Nutrients

Many herbalists use raspberry leaf tea as a nutritive herb because it contains many vitamins and minerals. It contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, vitamins bc and e. It also contains bioflavonoids and tannins. A long infused tea can extract many of these nutrients allowing us to take advantage of these vitamins and minerals.

Foraging for Raspberry Leaf

A member of the rose family, the raspberry is a perennial shrub, growing to six feet with woody stems with thorns. The pale green leaves have three to seven leaflets. Raspberry can be quite invasive, growing wild in woods, pastures, and on hillsides making it easy to find and forage.

When you find a plant, be sure to identify it correctly. Make use of a plant identification book when you are out foraging. Once you have positivly identified the plant, clip of each leaf into a basket. Lay the leaves out to dry or in a dehydrator at 125 for a few hours.

Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits for Women

Raspberry leaf is referred to as a women's herb because it is a uterine tonic that increases tone and function of the uterine system. It can also offer support in regulating the menstrual cycle and may help decrease cramping and excess bleeding.

During pregnancy, this herb is to help reduce morning sickness and ease the birthing process. In the final months, it is used to prepare the uterus for delivery and reduce labor pains. If you are pregnant, you should consult with your doctor or midwife before drinking this tea.

Benefits for Digestion

Raspberry leaf is also a gentle all-purpose digestive aid for men, women, and children. It can help with mild issues such as indigestion and discomfort. Its astringent properties are also useful as a mouthwash for mouth ulcers and inflammation.

benefits of raspberry leaf tea

How to Use Raspberry Leaf

Tea

Use the dried leaves of the red raspberry plant for making tea. You can make a short or long infused tea. This tea can be potentially drying and it may be helpful to add a moistening herb along with it like marshmallow root, for example. A long infusion will offer the most nutritive qualities. To make an infusion use two tablespoons of loose raspberry leaf to 1 cup of water steep for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.

Tincture

While raspberry leaf tea is the most common way to use this herb, you can also make a raspberry leaf tincture. The tincture won't have as many nutrition qualities as tea because most vitamins and minerals are water soluble. The tincture can be used for its astringent actions as well as used topically.

How much Raspberry Leaf tea should you drink?

A safe dosage of raspberry leaf tea for most healthy adults is 1–3 cups, but if you are pregnant, consult your physician for dosage.

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Raspberry Leaf Tea

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Raspberry leaf tea
  • 1 cup Just boiled water

Instructions

  • Place the loose leaf tea into a tea ball or strainer in a cup or teapot
  • Pour just boiled water over top of the tea
  • Let this steep at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours to receive all the nutrition benefits of this tea

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