I have heard about the use of red raspberry leaf tea for period pain. I heard that it helped regulate the flow, making it easier on those women who were suffering from a heavy flow. I hadn't heard about the use for pregnant women until about four years ago. In a doula training class, we were introduced to herbs and remedies useful for the perinatal period (meaning the pregnancy, birth and postpartum timeline). The Birth Conspiracy was the basis for our curriculum, written by our teacher Rivka Cymbalist. The book offers some practical uses for herbs and their effects.
"Red raspberry leaf tea is thought to strengthen the uterine muscle, calm the digestion an regulate blood sugar." -R. Cymbalist
What are the benefits of taking red raspberry leaf tea?
When should I take red raspberry leaf tea?
As a doula, I recommend doing your own research and speaking with your health care professionals or trusted herbalists before beginning any herbal regimen. That being said, there are conflicting experts that suggest drinking the tea during the whole pregnancy and postpartum healing period, while others say simply the last 4 weeks will do. The general recommendation is to drink 1-3 cups daily in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy and during postpartum recovery. Ideally a cup a day easing up to 3 cups a day.
How to drink red raspberry leaf tea?
The red raspberry leaves must be steeped in boiled water for at 15-30 minutes before drinking. The tea can be drunk hot or cold, with sweeteners or alone.
My personal recipe:
Keep the jar a day ahead in the fridge and drink it cold with ice.