Here is my “recipe” for Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. I seriously love this stuff. The key is to make a strong solution and let it steep for a long time. Weak tea is yucky tea. Make this a regular part of your birth preparation. You can begin drinking it any time during pregnancy. It does NOT cause preterm labor, and there is actually evidence that it can prevent it. However, always check with your care provider.
- 8 cups water
- 8 heaping Tablespoons loose Red Rasberry Leaf Tea, from any health food store or Herb Shop (don’t use the prepackaged tea bags. They taste old and musty)
- Local, Organic honey to taste (local honey is so much yummier than the grocery store stuff, but regular honey will do in a pinch)
- Several drops Orange Essential Oil, or the juice of one fresh orange.
- Large pan with cover
- Aluminum or glass pitcher
- Mesh strainer or colander to fit over pitcher
Boil 8 cups water in a large pan, just until boiling. Turn off heat. Add one heaping tablespoon of RRLT per cup of water, directly to the water (8 c. water = 8 T. tea) Stir briefly. Cover pan and allow to steep for 1-2 hours, until water has cooled completely. Place the metal mesh strainer on top of a glass or aluminum pitcher, pour the tea into the strainer and allow the liquid to drain. Use a spoon to press the remaining liquid out of the tea leaves into the pitcher. Sweeten with organic honey, adding more or less to taste. Chill.
Once it is nice and cold, I pour it into an aluminum water bottle and add several drops of Orange Essential Oil. So yummy! Don’t use essential oils in a plastic container, because it will leach toxic chemicals out of the plastic. This recipe will make enough tea for two days, if you drink 4 cups per day. That may seem like a lot, but if you spread it out over the whole day, it’s not hard.
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Why should I drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea?
Beneficial Vitamins and Minerals Found in Red Raspberry Leaf:
-Rich concentrations of vitamin C
-Easily assimilated calcium and iron
-Manganese and magnesium
-Vitamin B complex
-Many minerals including phosphorous and potassium
How Red Raspberry Leaf Helps the Pregnant Mother & Baby:
The increased vitamin A intake, in the form of carotenoids of RRL can aid the women’s immune system as well as facilitate healthy skin and bone development for the baby. The Vitamin E helps to promote better circulation in the mother whose blood volume dramatically increases during pregnancy. RRL contains an easily assimilated form of calcium. An increased availability of calcium is necessary in controlling nerve response to pain during childbirth and in aiding bone development in the baby. The presence of fragrine allows the uterus to contract more powerfully and effectively during labor. The high vitamin and mineral content helps to replace those that are lost via blood loss in delivery. The alkaloids that are present will also aid in toning the uterus after birth as it returns back to its usual size.
Other Pregnancy Related Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea:
-It increases fertility in both men and women (drink for a few months while trying to conceive).
-Prevents miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage by helping to tone the uterus thus creating a relaxed (atonic) uterus.
-Eases morning sickness
-Reduces pain during labor and after birth: By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery RRL eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.
-Assists in the production of plentiful breast milk
-Can help make labor faster: RRL works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It doesn’t strengthen contractions but it does allow the uterus to work more efficiently
-Studies show that women taking RRL have a reduced incidence of artificial rupture of membranes, forceps delivery or cesarean