Red Raspberry Leaf C/S, Organic, 1/2 lb.(RRLC-2)
The leaves of the Raspberry bush are harvested for their nutritional benefits, and is the herb of choice for the woman's reproductive system. Raspberries, the fruit of the Raspberry bush, are often used in desserts and salads for their delicious flavor and brilliant color.
Known as the best herb for women’s health, Red Raspberry Leaf is full of vitamins and minerals that may help support healthy hormone levels and strengthen the entire female reproductive system. Red Raspberry Leaf is the herb of choice for pregnancy.
Common Name: Red Raspberry Leaf
Is Red Raspberry Leaf Right For You?
Red Raspberry Leaf is the herb of choice for pregnancy, and for women's health. Red Raspberry is not only great for mamas, it is wonderful for their whole family. It is filled with essential minerals and vitamins like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, E, A and B complex. It also contains easily assimilated calcium and iron. Red Raspberry can make a real difference in your whole family’s health. Todays herbal market is flooded with Red Raspberry. The problem is, most of it is sprayed, irradiated, old, dried out and pour quality. We are proud to say that ours is not. We sell Red Raspberry that is non-radiated, fresh-cut and dried to perfection. Our Red Raspberry Leaf is packed full of the nutrients that you need.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Red Raspberry is the best single herb that we can take for total uterine health. There is a long list of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that the uterus needs to work efficiently. Red Raspberry Leaf has virtually all of them. The most popular use for Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is for mama and baby’s health throughout pregnancy. It provides your uterus with a nourishing source of vitamins and minerals that are vital for a healthy pregnancy. Red Raspberry is also an excellent source of an alkaloid called fragrine, which tones the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. This really helps to lower and sometimes eliminate cramps from the menstrual cycle and also makes for an easier birth. Red Raspberry leaves also contain many vitamins like vitamin C, E, A, B complex, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, silicon, sulfur, tannins, also easily assimilated calcium and iron. All of this makes Red Raspberry leaf the best base available for all of these teas. I love this naturally occurring herb that was created for women's health.
The uterus is one of the most amazing organs in the female body. We ask our uterus to sit docile for decades, and then in 38 short weeks of pregnancy, it has to stretch to 10 times the size it has always been. It starts at the size of a tennis ball, and has to stretch to the size of a beach ball. WOW! The uterus adds around 2 pounds of muscle and process as much as one liter of blood per minute. When our baby is ready, we start to flood the uterus with hormones called prostaglandins, making the uterine muscle cells more sensitive to the hormone oxytocin, simultaneously softening the cervix. And then it is time; we start to sweat, scream, and even swear, that we can’t do it, and we are right. We can’t, but our uterus can. Relax and let your uterus do its work. The contractions start to pound the uterus, exerting as much as 43 pounds per square inch, contracting and retracting. Then, finally, in a beautiful moment we meet our little sweetheart. A healthy uterus gives you a healthy baby. So ladies, lets stop taking our uterus for granted and show it some love.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is full of a naturally occurring calcium that is easily absorbed by the body. In the smooth muscle of the uterus, calcium controls the depolarization of the cells. That in turn, allows the uterine muscle to receive oxygen and work efficiently. In other words, without a sufficient supply of calcium, only part of the uterine muscle will work as it should. This will strain the rest of the uterine muscle beyond reason, generating heat and stress on an already taxed body.
Getting enough calcium also eases the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Calcium helps to regulate the hormones your body is flooded with every month. If your calcium supplies are adequate your body will not have to release as many of the hormones that cause PMS . Women who suffer from PMS have elevated levels of these hormones during their menstrual cycle, and the symptoms of PMS, like cramping, irritability, and depression are all very similar to other calcium-deficient symptoms.
Magnesium helps to control the frequency of contractions by mitigating the repolarization of the muscle cells and slowing down the absorption of certain hormones. It is also needed to metastasize calcium to your bones. Seven years ago there was a flurry of warnings over the web not to use large amounts of red raspberry leaf(only European raspberry) during early pregnancy. I always take the safe road, so I cautioned pregnant ladies to only drink a cup or two a day of raspberry until they were 5 months along. Now trusted researchers go on record as saying that Raspberry is safe for pregnant women. Here are two sources that are respected and helpful. -Debi Pearl
Excerpts from The How to Herb Book
Red Raspberry Leaf is used as a basic herbal foundation for all female organs and problems. It is in many female combinations.
- Strengthens wall of uterus and entire female reproductive system.
- Decreases profuse menstrual flow.
- Good during all months of pregnancy. Alleviates morning sickness and nausea. Assists labor, makes delivery easier and relieves after pains. Tones and regulates before, during and after childbirth.
- Increases and enriches milk for lactation, can be combined with marshmallow tea.
- Raspberry tea is mild and pleasant to taste. It is good for stomachaches and bowel problems in children. For diarrhea in babies.
- Soothing to stomach and bowels and cankerous conditions of mucous membranes in the alimentary canal.
- High mineral and vitamin source.
L. was terribly nauseous during the first trimester of her pregnancy. She felt weak and was receiving B-12 shots from her doctor. She started drinking 3 to 4 cups of Red Raspberry tea every day, the nausea went away. She was able to start eating again, and felt the tea helped her during delivery too.
Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology
Red raspberry leaf tea is one of the most renowned herbal teas. It has a wide reputation as a female tonic for relieving excessive menstrual bleeding. For pregnant women, it is used to relieve nausea, to tone the uterus in preparation for childbirth and to reduce the pain of childbirth.
Because of its widespread availability in pleasantly flavored teas, the astringent leaves are administered to children with diarrhea, flu, and vomiting.
Contains astringent compounds that relieve pain and shrink inflamed tissues, especially in the female reproductive system. It also contains bitter compounds that relieve smooth muscle spasms. it is an excellent herb source of manganese.
Red Raspberry Leaf is high or very high on the following nutrients:
Excerpts from Practical Herbalism
The renowned Quaker herbalist, Henry Box, is quoted as saying, "A tea made from Red Raspberry leaves is the best gift God ever gave to women. Its utility in travail is surprising. As a drink before and after confinement, it is unequaled by any other agent. If the pains of childbirth are premature, it will make all quiet. When timely, it will occasion a safe and easy parturition. If the mother is weak, it will abundantly strengthen her, cleanse her and enrich her milk."
The tea has been taken freely during all phases of pregnancy, and particularly during the last trimester to tone the uterus, and prepare the body for delivery. Dr. Christopher summed it up thus:
"When taken regularly in pregnancy, the infusion will quiet inappropriate premature pains and produce a safe, speedy, and easy delivery. Raspberry leaves stimulate, tone, and regulate before and during childbearing, assisting contractions and checking hemorrhage during labor, relieving after-pains, then strengthening, cleansing, and enriching the milk of the mother in the post-delivery period."
From Our Reading and/or Experience...
- Red Raspberry is one of our favorite flavors in teas.
- We use it often in tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be ground up, and used in capsules.
- It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
- It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
- As is the case with most herbs, it should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is great, but certainly not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.
Mama's Red Raspberry Brew Recipe
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
HOW TO MAKE IT...
- Add 2 or 3 teaspoons of the premixed herbs to 1 cup of boiling water.
- Let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes, strain, and add honey to taste.
To make a pitcher of tea for storing in the refrigerator, use 10 teaspoons or so of the premixed herbs for 8 cups of boiling water. Let it cool for a while and strain. Discard the used herbs, and put the tea in the refrigerator to drink over ice or reheated.