Red raspberry leaf
Red raspberry leaf tea or supplement is made from the leaves of the raspberry plant. It’s also known as the ‘womans herb’ due to it being used to help ease symptoms of PMS, endometriosis, and menopause. It has a high vitamin and mineral content which works well in balancing hormones.
It is also used during the second and third trimester of pregnancy to strengthen the walls of the uterus and pelvic floor muscles which some midwives say can help shorten labour. It can also help reduce the chances of complications or interventions needed during labour. These aren’t the only benefit of drinking it during pregnancy, it’s high in vitamins A, B, C and E and potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. It’s caffeine free too so can be enjoyed instead of a regular cup of tea to keep caffeine levels down. After labour it can help balance postpartum hormones and with all the nutrients it contains it can help bring in breastmilk. If you are pregnant please speak to your doctor before introducing red raspberry leaf as a tea or supplement into your diet.
Red raspberry leaf being high vitamins (especially vitamin C) and the mineral content mentioned above makes it an excellent choice for boosting the immune system during the cold season. Other uses are to treat motion sickness and diarrhoea.
Red raspberry leaf is full of antioxidants too. It contains polyphenols, flavonoids which protect your body from free radical damage. The leaves contain ellagic acids (which have the ability to retard the growth of cancer cells), and can neutralise carcinogens (substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue). More research is still needed on this, but all in all it’s a healthy alternative to normal black tea.
Always speak to your Doctor or Midwife if you are pregnant before introducing raspberry leaf tea or supplement into your diet.