Raspberry leaf tea - it's benefits, when to drink, and what it tastes like!
Raspberry leaf tea has been known as 'the woman's herb' for millennia due to it's health benefits for the female of the species. But it can be hard to know why to drink it, when to drink it and what to expect. And that's what this blog is here for!
Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits
Raspberry leaf has traditionally been used to support female reproductive health. From reducing PMS cramping, regulating periods and supporting fertility, to preparing for labour at the end of pregnancy, and easing transition through menopause. It has been shown in many studies to support women's reproductive life. The key is how it affects uterine muscles for anyone who bleeds.
And the reason it can help periods and pregnancy, is due to the fragerine found inside the leaf. This compound makes uterine muscles contract, and strengthen. This is linked to helping regulate periods and reduce heavy flow. It can also reduce cramping during your period. But it's also why you shouldn't drink raspberry leaf until 32 weeks if you are pregnant - for more information on this, check out our raspberry leaf and pregnancy blog here.
When to drink raspberry leaf tea
Raspberry leaf can help support your body at any time of life, but we'd recommend drinking it at certain times in particular.
Raspberry leaf to help PMS symptoms
If you suffer from cramps during your period, raspberry leaf can really help reduce this. Drink our Over the Moon tea (40% raspberry leaf) in the week leading up to your period, to help strengthen your muscles and reduce cramping. Also have a cup when cramping hits as it can help soothe this.
Raspberry leaf to support fertility
Raspberry leaf has also been linked to supporting fertility, whether you're undergoing IVF or TTC, raspberry leaf tea can be drunk as part of a low caffeine diet, to help strengthen your uterine muscles. A great example of how one lady used it before IVF is here. We'd recommend our Over the Moon tea as the best blend to support anyone TTC.
Raspberry leaf to prepare for labour in your 3rd trimester of pregnancy
From 32 weeks of pregnancy, you can drink raspberry leaf to help prepare for labour. The fragerine will help strengthen your uterine muscles and studies have shown that this can lead to a shorter second stage of labour (where you are pushing) and also statistically lead to fewer interventions in birth. Our The Final Push tea is the perfect optionto drink from 32 weeks.
Raspberry leaf to help with heavy flow and irregular periods during perimenopause
During perimenopause, your periods can become irregular and heavier than usual. Raspberry leaf has been used for millennia to support women with this and we combine it and other natural herbs in our Take A Pause menopause tea for this reason.
Raspberry Leaf Tea Flavour
Raspberry leaf tastes a little like a bitter green tea and isn't necessarily that tasty, despite it's benefits. We blend our raspberry leaf tea blends with other ingredients, with specific benefits to support you and also make it a delicious and soothing cuppa!
To see all our raspberry leaf teas for pregnancy, click here: https://www.hotteamama.com/collections/raspberry-leaf-tea
To see all our teas for PMS and fertility support, click here: https://www.hotteamama.com/collections/period-fertility-support
And to see our menopause support teas, click here: https://www.hotteamama.com/collections/menopause-tea