Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits
What exactly is raspberry leaf tea? Well it is what it's name implies! It is tea made from raspberry bush leafs. It has high counts of Vitamin A, C, E, & B (complex) as well as trace minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, & potassium. The best thing is that no side effects have been associated with this tea! It can cause blood sugar levels to drop to low, so if you are a diabetic, speak with your health care professional before trying it.
Many describe it as being comparable to that of black tea. It has a hint of mint flavoring with a small amount of bitterness in the after taste. Many people prefer to sweeten it up with sugar or honey. Raw honey is best for sweetening up any tea as it has many benefits to using it. The color of the tea is a pale green/yellow, like a green tea is but with no caffeine.
How To Drink It
You can use traditional tea bags which are sold at market places, or pick the leafs yourself. It is recommended that you buy the tea bags apposed to making it on your own as there is a period where the leafs are poisoness. It is recommended to brew the tea bag in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. It can be chilled as well if you prefer cold tea or hot tea.
Raspberry leaf tea has growing benefits to it. Many of them revolve around the female reproductive system.
Menstrual Regularity: This tea is known to help regulate the menstrual cycle in women who have irregular periods. It also eases PMS symptoms & eases cramping.
Eases Labor: Drinking 3 to 4 cups of this tea the last two months of pregnancy helps tone the uterus & eases birthing. It also aids in recovery after birth. It is recommended to only drink this tea after 16 weeks of being pregnant as it effects the muscles of the uterus, toning & relaxing it and has a small chance of causing a miscarriage. It is also known to cut the risk of needing a caesarean section.
Regulates Hormones: It is known for regulating hormones by helping balance estrogen & testosterone naturally. Many believe this to be because of the naturally occurring B complex found in the leafs.
Fertility: This tea has been used for centuries for women who are having trouble conceiving.
Heals Mouth Sores/Cavities: It can be used as a mouth wash to help heal gum disease, kill off bacterial infections of the mouth, aid in healing cavities, reduce pain of mouth sores while healing them & so much more!
Leg Cramps: Drinking this tea aids in reducing & eliminating leg cramps. The magnesium and potassium found in the leafs are both known to reduce, prevent & eliminate muscle cramping.
Bug, Flu, Virus: The high counts of Vitamin C are beneficial to those who have a common cold or flu. It boosts the metabolism.
Constipation/Diarrhea: This tea helps reduce constipation & ease diarrhea at the same time!
Stomach Aid: Many mothers who suffer from morning sickness sip on this tea to relieve the jumpiness in the stomach. It works by regulating the hormones, thus, making you less nauseous. Morning sickness is associated with the elevated hormones being released in the body. It also aids in menstrual nausea as well!
Skin Tonic: Being applied to the skin, this tea helps heal scars, bruises, cuts, scraps & rashes. To apply it, brew it and let it settle to room temperature then take a q-tip or cotton ball and rub the effected area a few times a day as needed.
Weight Loss: It is known to help aid in weight loss for women who suffer from unbalanced hormones by regulating them & allowing the metabolism speed up. It also creates energy without the use of caffeine which aids in people who become tired easily during working out.
Calms Nerves: Like lavender & chamomile, this tea eases to body and helps it to relax when stress is present.
Where To Buy
Most grocery stores carry this tea BUT I recommend buying only organic teas as non-organic often has high amounts of insecticides & poisons. I use Tradition Medicinals Raspberry Leaf Tea (pictured above) & purchase it in bulk online through Amazon. Local health stores also carry this brand, such as GNC. You can find a box of 16 tea bags for around $3.50 to $5.49. When buying online, the more you buy at once, the cheaper it gets. Yogi is also a well known tea brand that is clear of poisoness toxins. It is about the same price, but often found cheaper. Both teas can be found on Amazon.com & LuckyVitamin.com fairly cheap.