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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

What is red raspberry leaf tea

Red raspberry leaf tea is an herbal infusion brewed from the pale green leaves of the raspberry plant. The caffeine-free drink is rich in vitamins and minerals attributing to its therapeutic properties.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

History and origin

In the past, it was used as folk remedy for promoting uterine health, resolving fertility problems, reducing morning sickness in pregnant women, and treating leg cramps, diarrhea, gingivitis, canker and cold sores. The health benefits of the red raspberry leaf were documented in a book called “The Herbal” in 1957.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Effects of red raspberry leaf tea on pregnancy and labor

It contains fragrine, an alkaloid that aids in strengthening the uterus and pelvic muscles, helping pregnant women by easing labor pain at the time of delivery. Although there is no relevant evidence suggesting the effectiveness of the leaf tea in inducing labor, it has been found to help expectant mothers have a smooth delivery by speeding up labor, thereby reducing the possibility of using birth interventions such as artificial rupture of membranes, cesarean section, or vacuum or forceps-assisted delivery. It could also curb the risk of a premature birth or late delivery.

Since it takes some time for the herbal infusion to show the useful effects, make sure you start having it when you are about 32-33 weeks pregnant in limited amounts. After consulting a doctor, you may begin with 1 cup of the tea and slowly increase to 3 cups a day.

NOTE: The use of red raspberry leaf tea during early pregnancy (first trimester) is not recommended by physicians due to its ability to cause uterine contractions, increasing the risk of miscarriage.

If you are overdue, then avoid having the herbal drink in excess as it might cause contractions in the uterus, resulting in fetal distress.

Avoid its use if you are expecting a breech baby or twins, experiencing vaginal bleeding in the later stages of pregnancy, having a history of endometriosis, fibroids, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, premature labor, or cesarean section, or suffering from any complications such as high blood pressure.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Pictures

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Pictures

Health benefits of red raspberry leaf tea: What is it good for

For menstruation

Its uterine health-boosting properties can provide relief from painful menstrual cramps. Its consumption is also beneficial for reducing heavy menstrual bleeding and curbing the risk of anemia as well, owing to the presence of iron.

Fertility issues

While the positive effects of the herbal decoction on the uterine muscles might be useful for women preparing to get pregnant, it could be a potent remedy for improving the condition of the uterus in those with an earlier case of uterine prolapse, Caesarean section, or uterine hemorrhage as well as having undergone a surgery for ovarian cysts, fibroids, or endometriosis. Its intake may also help men having fertility-related problems.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Having a cup of red raspberry leaf tea thrice a day might be effective in reducing inflammation and pain in the joints, the common symptoms of gout and arthritis. It exhibits anti-inflammatory activity that might be useful for asthma and other respiratory ailments.

Red Raspberry Plant

Red Raspberry Plant

For abdominal ailments

A potential remedy for relieving stomach pain and cramps, it contains tannins that may help in getting rid of the symptoms of diarrhea. The anti-inflammatory effects of the leaf tea could be beneficial for several inflammatory conditions of the abdomen, including ulcers.

Boosts immunity

In addition to minerals, including calcium, potassium, and phosphorus, it contains vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin E that supports the immune system by fighting against infections apart from being useful for vitamin deficiency-related conditions.

Good source of antioxidants

As shown in some research studies, the presence of polyphenols and antioxidants such as quercetin, tannin, anthocyanin, and ellagic acid play a vital role in preventing cancer, besides helping in minimizing the risk of diabetes, heart disorders, and delaying aging of the skin.

The leaf tea might also be effective for promoting urination, improving blood pressure levels, and lowering a fever by increasing sweating.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Photos

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Photos

Other uses

  • Rinsing the mouth with the tea can provide relief from a sore throat and several oral inflammatory conditions.
  • Applying it on the skin affected with eczema, rashes, or sunburn may yield positive results.

How to prepare red raspberry leaf tea

  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a teapot
  • Add 1 tablespoon of red raspberry tea leaves
  • Steep the mixture for 5 minutes and strain
  • Add sugar or honey for taste
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Images

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Images

Is red raspberry leaf tea safe

Side effects

It is possibly safe for drinking with no adverse side effects even though in some cases nausea, loose stools, and allergy may occur due to overconsumption.

While the astringent properties coming from the presence of tannins have been claimed to be useful for the uterus affected with endometriosis and fibroids, the estrogen-like behavior of red raspberry leaf is believed to worsen the symptoms of certain estrogen-dependant conditions, including ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Therefore, in such cases, it is important to have a discussion with a doctor prior to its use.

For breastfeeding

The caffeine-free tea might help in enhancing lactation during the postpartum period. However, nursing mothers should consult a physician before its intake as there is no strong evidence to support its safety while breastfeeding.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry Leaf

Where to buy

Loose red raspberry leaf tea and tea bags can be purchased from various herbal tea stores or ordered online.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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