Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits, Uses in Pregnancy & Side Effects
The benefits of Raspberry leaf tea include its use in pregnancy for toning uterine muscles. It provides strength to the muscles, which plays a vital role during delivery. However, it does not have direct influence on inducing labor, but it assists to provide strength to the muscles and eases in labor process. It might not shorten the labor time, but it can help progressing labor at steady pace.
The other effects beneficial effects are due to its anti-oxidants effects and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help in diseases such as muscle pain, infertility, muscular tenderness, painful periods (dysmenorrhea), menopausal symptoms, sore throat, thrush, loose stools and leucorrhea.
How to Make Raspberry Leaf Tea
You can make the raspberry tea by two ways. One is by the original organic leaves and one by packed raspberry tea bags or powder. You can of course find both of them easily at your nearest herbal shop or outlet. Here are the steps for both.
- Boil water first in a pot.
- Take some leaves from the raspberry plant.
- Put the leaves in and let the water boil with it for 5 to 10 minutes and remember to keep the lid on during this time.
- Take the pot down from the burner, drain the water to a cup, and use a strainer to avoid the leaves. Then add sugar or any other substance, if you feel it like.
- Enjoy the cup of tea when it is hot.
Also, if you are using raspberry tea bags, then like normal tea, just boil water and dip the bag for 5 minutes to enjoy your tea.
Raspberry Leaf Tea Medicinal Properties & Uses
Raspberry Leaf Tea has following healing properties.
- Uterine Tonic
- Refrigerant or coolant
- Anti-malarial (supportive effects)
- Anti-bacterial (helpful in cases of vaginitis, uterine infections and leucorrhea)
- Anti-septic (used in leucorrhea cases for washing genitals)
- Anti-gonorrheal (mild and supportive effects)
Due to above medicinal and healing characteristics, it is used in cases of infections of genitals, uterine weakness, after miscarriage to provide strength to uterus and as supportive treatment in malaria and gonorrhea.
Therapeutic Indications of Raspberry Leaf Tea
The main therapeutic indications are due to two main action of Raspberry Leaf Tea. It acts as uterine tonic and a good anti-oxidant. Herbalists use it in following cases.
- It is used during pregnancy for supporting in labor and building up muscle strength for better labor progress.
- Prevention of uterine, breast and ovarian cancer
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Heavy uterine bleeding
- Leucorrhea (white discharge)
- Diarrhea or loose stool (due to its mild astringent action)
- Stopping excessive bleeding after delivery
- Fever (as supportive therapy)
- Sore throat
Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits
Raspberry Leaf Tea has similar action as Ashwagandha Tea has. It provides strength to the uterine muscles and prepares them for steady labor. Therefore, it is frequently used in three phases for this purpose.
Raspberry Leaf Tea helps in infertility. It prepares the body for a healthy pregnancy and increases fertility. Likewise Ashwagandha, it provide strength to the uterus and facilitates fertilization and implantation.
If you had any miscarriage and experience incapacity to conceive, then this might help you a lot. Many women who abort child experience infertility and sometimes, underlying reasons are unknown. In these cases, Raspberry Leaf Tea is highly beneficial. It improves uterine strength and improves chances of conception and implantation. It also prevents miscarriage.
Red raspberry and red clover tea is more beneficial for promoting fertility in both women and men.
Raspberry Leaf Tea helps preparing uterine muscles for labor and delivery. However, it might not induce labor or shorten the labor time, but it can facilitate progressing labor at a steady pace.
Some women may also experience white discharge in which Raspberry Leaf Tea can help and reduces chances of infections.
Labor causes uterine distress. Raspberry Leaf Tea helps and speeds up the recovery from this distress and makes muscles strong.
It can also increase breast milk production and nutritious for nursing mothers.
It may also affect postpartum hormones. Women with postpartum depression can get benefits from this tea. It reduces stress hormones and thus, it helps in stress, depression and anxiety.
Vaginitis infections or Leucorrhea
Raspberry leaf tea (without sugar content) is used for washing genitals. It helps in decreasing white discharge and yeast infections.
Dysmenorrhea or painful periods
Raspberry tea has antispasmodic action and reduces menstrual cramps. It also facilitates easy flow of menstrual blood, which helps in a proper menstruation.
Menopause & Adrenal Gland Exhaustion
During menopause, ovaries gradually stop its functions and adrenal glands start work in place of ovaries, which sometimes, cause adrenal gland exhaustion.
Raspberry tea helps improving symptoms of adrenal gland exhaustion and menopause. It works better in chronic fatigue and body pains due to these.
Raspberry Leaf tea has antioxidant properties
Raspberry leaf tea gives extra anti-oxidants to the body, which help scavenging free radicals and delay aging process. ELLAGIC ACID present in raspberries and its leaves contributes a potent antioxidant action.
Caution & Side Effects of Raspberry Tea
Raspberry tea is LIKELY SAFE in moderate amounts and under the supervision of healthcare provider.
If you are allergic to any kind of berry, then you should avoid using it. Some allergic symptoms are as under.
- Rashes on skin
- Stomach Pain
- Stomach Upset
Although it has been seen that drinking raspberry tea on a regular basis has not provided any such side effects, but you should still maintain caution.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Raspberry leaf tea is used in pregnancy as described on previous page. It might be POSSIBLY SAFE during late pregnancy. Since this is ultimately an herbal product, you should always exercise caution during the time of pregnancy and breastfeeding, whether to drink it or not. Midwives commonly use it to facilitate labor and ease delivery. It has also been used for centuries to strengthen uterine muscles, but you should always consult your doctor before start taking this in your pregnancy.
It might mildly influence estrogen hormone, which might affect pregnancy negatively.