Collections: Medicinal Herbal Blends
A note from @The_Smile_Enthuisiast, longevity coach and co-creator of our Medicinal Herbal Blends.
Red raspberry leaf (Rubus Idaeus)
Red raspberry leaves are rich in manganese, an essential element for oxygenation of the cells. It is used as a tonic to strengthen the uterine muscles in preparation for childbirth. It also can help to relieve and/or prevent morning sickness. Midwives often recommend pregnant women drink raspberry leaf tea just before and during labor to help induce and regulate timing of contractions and to help speed up delivery. Following birth, raspberry leaf tea is often recommended to help stimulate milk flow for breast feeding as well.
Raspberry leaf is also a rich source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Medical Medium says that this healing herb is excellent for sore throats, canker sores, cold sores, anemia, colds and fevers, diarrhea, leg cramps, menopausal symptoms, adrenal fatigue, and stomach ulcers.
He notes that this healing herb has been used for centuries as a “reproductive tonic” due to its ability to support both women’s and men’s reproductive health. It has been found to provide relief for women experiencing PMS, cramps, and heavy menstrual bleeding due to a compound it contains called ferulic acid. I used this herb extensively, as a tea, while I was helping my body heal from very painful periods.
Raspberry leaf tea is caffeine free, but is very reminiscent to the flavour profile of a black tea. The way I would make the tea is to pour 1.5 cup of hot water over 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh herb, and let it steep for an hour. If you require your beverage to be hot while drinking it, then you will steep your herb for however long works best for you. Sweeten with raw honey if desired—only once the tea has cooled down. Never add raw honey to extremely hot water, as you will destroy the medicinal properties of the honey.