Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf
What is Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and isn’t that just for pregnancy? Today I thought I would talk about Red Raspberry Leaf and its many uses. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is very popular among pregnant women for the preparation of labor. During pregnancy the tea is said to strengthen the uterine wall and pelvic floor. It is also supposed to aid in a shortened labor and to reduce the need for medical interventions such as a cesarean section. However, red raspberry leaf benefits the women trying to get pregnant as well!
Even though I keep referring to the tea, it also comes in capsules and tinctures for those that aren’t interested in drinking it or don’t care for the taste. Sometimes trying to consume so many cups of the tea could be daunting and a pill is easier to take. However, if you are taking pills like your prenatal vitamins or any other supplements, adding another pill can be a pain as well. So you basically just need to decide what you prefer!
At any rate, red raspberry leaf tea can be used to help strengthen the uterine lining if you have had previous surgeries such as: fibroid removal, LEEP, D&C, etc (all of which I have had, yikes!). If you have a heavy menstrual cycle, red raspberry leaf tea may be beneficial to you! This herbal supplement can also be used to help lengthen your luteal phase.
When to Take It
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea can be used throughout your cycle unlike some supplements that you can only use before or after ovulation. However, if you do become pregnant you should ask your doctor if it is safe for you to continue during pregnancy. Since I have had a couple first trimester miscarriages and a preterm labor loss, I do not take this supplement once I get pregnant as its side effects include “Braxton Hicks Contractions.” So I would definitely speak to your OBGYN about taking it during your first trimester.
How to Make Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
If you decide to take this in the form of tea, you can make it at home. You will need to have loose red raspberry leaves to steep in the tea. You can purchase them online and at some herbal grocers. Some stores may already carry them in a teabag form. If you do have to make red raspberry leaf tea yourself, it is pretty easy. You can use one tablespoon of loose leaves to one cup of boiling water. The longer you let it steep the stronger it is. It tastes bitter to me so I like to add lemon and honey. You can drink one to three cups a day. You can also put it over ice to enjoy it cold on a nice hot day!
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