Raspberry Leaf Tea is made from the leaves of the raspberry plant. This is a perennial shrub which can be found in many countries all over the world. The red raspberry plant is best known for its delicious red berries, but the leaves of this plant have some medicinal uses as well. The leaves of the red raspberry plant have been used, among other things, to help relieve irritations of the skin and also to ease soreness of the throat and mouth. Raspberry leaf, brewed as a tea, is also a safe tonic herb for pregnant and nursing women.
Raspberry leaf tea is very high in an assortment of nutrients which are very important during pregnancy. One of these nutrients, an alkaloid called fragrine, has been shown to strengthen and relax the muscles of the uterus. It helps with delivery and eases the labor process as well as benefits postpartum recovery. This tea has withstood the test of time, as it has been used by woman for these purposes historically.
Women can drink raspberry leaf tea throughout their pregnancies. This tea is delicious and one can drink it hot or cold, as iced tea. Raspberry Leaf contains many nutritious minerals and vitamins. It is a good source of vitamins A, B complex, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It contains minerals as well, such as calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium to name a few. These nutrients make it an excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and cramping in the muscles, primarily the leg muscles. It can be used to alleviate nausea brought on by morning sickness, and can help to prevent constipation.
This versatile tea is great to drink even after childbirth. It has nourishing and restorative qualities, and is helpful in recovery after having a baby. Its nutritional value is thought to be responsible for the enrichment and production of the mother's breast milk.
Raspberry Leaf tea can be bought as loose leaf tea, and also can be obtained in tea bags for convenience. You can buy this tea from health food stores and you can find it in online stores as well. Red Raspberry Leaf tastes very similar to regular black tea, and can be sweetened with stevia or a little organic cane sugar for a naturally sweetened and refreshing taste.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about starting a new health regimen, it is advisable to consult with your physician.