Red Raspberry Tea – A Woman’s Best Friend

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Pain in childbirth has been around since time began.

To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children . . . – Genesis 3:16

Pain from cramping during menstruation has been around just as long I’m guessing. When I became a teenager and joined the ranks of ‘womanhood’ and then years later became a mother several times over, I realized that this was simply a fact for women. We would endure pain.

Modern man has come up with ways to cover that pain: Tylenol, Aleve, epidurals, intrathecals, etc. But many of us don’t want to take synthetic drugs that have long lists of side effects for both us and our babies. Thankfully, God has created something we can use that’s safe and beneficial: red raspberry leaves.

Benefits of Red Raspberry Tea

Red raspberry leaves are most often consumed in the form of a tea. This tea is an amazing uterine toner due to the presence of an alkaloid called fragrine which allows the uterus to contract more powerfully and effectively during labor. Less contractions, less straining, and less effort from the muscles means the muscles don’t consume all their oxygen, so thereís less crampy sensation. The alkaloids also aid in toning the uterus after birth as it returns back to its usual size.

  • decreases profuse menstrual flow
  • helps relieve cramping during menstrual cycles
  • supports the adrenal glands during menopause

Not only are the leaves a good uterine tonic, it’s also high in both zinc and manganese. Zinc is known for shortening labor, strengthening connective tissue, preventing nipple cracks, bonding, avoiding post partum depression and preventing inconsolable crying in babies. Manganese is a mineral that helps form bones and cartilage.

Red raspberry leaves also contain an easily assimilated form of calcium which is necessary in controlling nerve response to pain during childbirth as well as aiding bone development in the baby. The high vitamin and mineral content helps to replace those that are lost via blood during delivery.

Midwives often say drinking red raspberry tea is “watering the soil” – growing a really healthy placenta to nourish the baby. They encourage women to start drinking 1-2 cups a day during their second trimester and the sky’s the limit in the third trimester! 🙂 A quart a day is comparable to a day’s worth of leafy greens.

I like to combine this wonder plant with alfalfa, peppermint, and nettles. These plants together provide many nutrients and vitamins including:

  • iron
  • calcium
  • vitamin A – aids the womenís immune system as well as facilitates healthy skin and bone development for the baby
  • vitamin B complex
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin E – helps to promote better circulation in the mother whose blood volume dramatically increases during pregnancy.

How Did It Affect My Delivery?

The Braxton Hicks started sporadically at 37 weeks. During my previous pregnancies they’d start around 5 mths. and cause several false labor alarms. Two days after my due date, about 1:00 a.m., I noticed that they were coming about ten minutes apart. They were light, which was typical, but they were also consistent – which wasn’t typical.

Finally, I woke my husband at 2:30 a.m. and we decided to go in. The drive to the hospital was 45 min. but I’d read him so many stories about how the tea encourages quick labor that we made it in 27 min. 🙂

When we checked in at 3:45 a.m. I was only 1 cm dilated. Within an hour I’d progressed to 4 cm and by 5:45 a.m. I was at 5 cm. I was surprised since my contractions were barely any worse than the ones that woke me at 1:00 a.m. Finally they became strong enough that I needed some relief so I asked to sit in the bathtub.

I got into the bathtub at 6:00 a.m. but the warm water didn’t seem to help. I was only in the tub for 15 min. when I told my husband I wanted to get out. As soon as I stood up, I felt the need to push.

By time I’d tottered back to the bed I was 9 cm. The nurse called down for the ER doctor (they’d called our family doctor, but they didn’t think he’d make it in time). She told me to try not to push. I must have given her ‘the look’, because she quickly amended, ‘just do what you need to do’.

Three pushes later, at 6:20 a.m. our daughter was born on the end of the bed at 6:20 a.m. When the ER doctor ran into the room we were already oohing and ahhing over her.

By the third day post-partum I was hardly feeling the after pains which had lasted much longer with my previous pregnancies. My husband couldn’t stop commenting on my energy. I’d never felt so good after any delivery!

It’s been two years since our daughter was born, and I still drink my tea every day.

I started ordering a bulk tea mix called Mama’s Red Raspberry Brew from The Bulk Herb Store and then to save on cost I ordered their herbs individually and mixed them myself. In the summer I dry the herbs I can find on our property. This makes my wonderful uterus-toning, cramp-relieving, and flow-reducing tea practically free!

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

8 parts red raspberry leaves
3 parts alfalfa
3 parts peppermint (if you’re nursing, replace this with fenugreek as peppermint can decrease your milk supply)
2 parts nettles

Directions:
1. Combine herbs and store in air tight jar or container.
2. To make hot tea, pour boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of the tea mix. Let it steep for about 5 min. Remove the leaves and sweeten with stevia or another natural sweetener.
3. To make a big batch of cold tea (my favorite), pour about 4 cups of water over Ω c. of leaves and let steep for about 4 hours.

Strain the leaves and pour the liquid into a gallon container.

Sweeten with stevia or another natural sweetener and fill the gallon the rest of the way with water. Place it in the refrigerator until cold. This tastes great on a hot day!

 

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Paula
Hi, I’m Paula - Certified Health Specialist and Level 3 Metabolic Nutritional Coach. Like many of you, I wear several hats. Child of God, wife of 21 years, homeschooling mom of 6, reluctant cook, and chocolate-snatcher. Various family health issues including Lyme disease and candida created a passion for understanding how our God-created bodies thrive or deteriorate based on what we put in it. I developed the Kicking Candida Program to help women like me who struggle with food cravings and candida heal their gut and drop the weight.
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Hi, I’m Paula - Certified Health Specialist and Level 3 Metabolic Nutritional Coach. Like many of you, I wear several hats. Child of God, wife of 21 years, homeschooling mom of 6, reluctant cook, and chocolate-snatcher. Various family health issues including Lyme disease and candida created a passion for understanding how our God-created bodies thrive or deteriorate based on what we put in it. I developed the Kicking Candida Program to help women like me who struggle with food cravings and candida heal their gut and drop the weight.

19 Comments

  • Carly

    Reply Reply July 6, 2012

    I love raspberry leaf!! Perfect for PMS, menstrual cramps and more. It’s even more delicious with some raw, organic honey stirred in to a hot cup. Great reminder today about God’s creativity in making this plant

    Carly @ ryandcar.blogspot.com

  • Dory

    Reply Reply July 6, 2012

    Red raspberry is so good. It is perfect for menstral cramps etc… Something else that really helps with cramps, shortens the “flow”, and many other benefits is the use of cloth sanitary napkins. I’ve been making my own for over five years now and have noticed a huge change in my menstral flow. I’ve recently read that using the chemical ones from the store pull more blood from the body…just something to think about while sipping red raspberry tea with a bit of honey.

    • Paula

      Reply Reply July 6, 2012

      Dory,

      I’m a huge advocate of cloth pads myself – just haven’t had time to write about them yet. 🙂 I love how comfortable they are, how frugal, and how healthy (no chemicals like you mentioned.) I also use a diva cup. Have you heard of those? Nice for swimming and when you’re going to be gone for a long time and don’t know if the cloth pads will hold up without a bathroom nearby.

      • Anjanette

        Reply Reply July 19, 2012

        I use cloth, too. I have for years. They are so great post partum for facilitating healing “down there!”

    • Cristy

      Reply Reply July 7, 2012

      Love Love LOVE cloth pads. Never going back to disposables if I can help it. I used both cloth and disposables for the couple weeks after my 3rd child was born and was quickly amazed by the difference. For our 4th child I was totally converted to cloth menstrual products. (I make my own) I am waiting to start getting my period back again to give a Lunette (silicone menstrual cup) a try as I have heard a lot of people really like this type of product.

  • Liz H

    Reply Reply July 7, 2012

    Shared this on my page!
    I used RRL for my last two pregnancies and was much more comfortable. The last was a twin pregnancy: I went to term, labored a total of 4 1/2 hours and had no complications. The girls were even born at home! RRL definitely helped. I no longer have any cramping every month but I think I may now try this for the “flow” issue 🙂 . Thanks for this article. Very helpful!

    • Paula

      Reply Reply July 7, 2012

      Oh, twins! I’ve always wanted twins! Being that I am one myself, I can say – it’s the best! So glad the tea helped your pregnancies.

  • Jane

    Reply Reply July 8, 2012

    Thank you for this post! I’ve been drinking red raspberry tea sporadically, not knowing the benefits! I will definitely appreciate all the great info on it!

  • kristen

    Reply Reply July 17, 2012

    i have tons of red raspberry tea and have used it for my pregnancies but it’s just never occurred to me to drink it during my menstrual cycle. thanks for sharing!

  • The tile says it all red raspberry tea is a womans best friend! I drink it all the time and have see great benefits from it. Def. helps with the flow of things, lol! and menstrual cramps. We’d love it if you’d come link this up to our Homesteading & Homemaking Link Party- “Home is Where the Heart is”. http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-2/

  • Judith

    Reply Reply July 19, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I needed to have my mind jogged for my daughter’s sake as she is cramping something terrible like I used to!!!! I used to make raspberry tea when I was having babies but have gotten rusty, lol

    • Paula

      Reply Reply July 19, 2012

      Ugh – I cramped horribly in high school. I’d miss several days in a row. I wish I would have known about it then!

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  • miranda

    Reply Reply July 31, 2012

    why would he punish women with menstrual pain just to make leaves that help the pain, what was the point of the punishment??

    • Paula

      Reply Reply August 1, 2012

      Good question Miranda,

      To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children. . .” Genesis 3:16

      God punished Eve for her sin of disobeying. Part of the punishment was that she would endure pain during childbirth. (God did not say menstruation pain. Although there is often pain involved with that.)

      While God, in His mercy, has created red raspberry leaves, the tea isn’t used specifically to stop pain during childbirth but to strengthen and tone the uterus. This toning helps the uterus to work more efficiently during labor (as well as easing menstrual cramps) – but the pain of childbirth will never be completely taken away.

      The punishment Eve (and subsequently all women) was given is a reminder of the seriousness of disobedience.

  • Katie

    Reply Reply January 28, 2013

    I see ordinary brands make something with red raspberry (Bigelow, Twinings…)- is that helpful?

    • Paula

      Reply Reply January 28, 2013

      The only thing you want to be sure of is that it says Red Raspberry LEAF Tea, just Red Raspberry Tea isn’t the same thing. The good stuff is in the leaves.

  • bovio

    Reply Reply February 5, 2014

    @Liz H, i have read in several places that the tea is no good for twin pregnancies, and especially woman with previous C-section?do you know if this is true?when did you start taking the tea and how many cups?

    thanks

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