Learn how to Harvest and Brew Raspberry Leaf for a natural healing Tea. Used for centuries, this medicinal tea, full of natural healing goodness is especially beneficial for women, find out why…
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The Raspberry Bush
The Raspberry plant is native to Europe and parts of Asia and is universally known for its sweet and delicious berries. What is often overlooked, is the leaf of the Raspberry plant. The leaves are loaded with beneficial nutrients that have been serving Mankind and Womankind for hundreds of years!
How To Grow a Raspberry Plant from Raspberry Canes
- Plant in Late Autumn Early Winter, soak the roots in water before hand
- Plant your Raspberry canes around 45cm apart with 1.5m between rows.
- Plant in moist, well-drained soil.
- Choose an open, sunny site. Water well. More so, during dry spells.
What is so Great about Raspberry Leaves?
Buckle up! Quite a few things! Raspberry leaves are crammed with Nutrients and Antioxidants , lets list a few..
- Let’s talk vitamins and Minerals. You can expect, vitamin B, C and minerals such as magnesium, potassium zinc, phosphorus and iron.
- Raspberry leaves also contain polyphenols like tannins and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants in your body and can help protect cells from damage.
- The leaves also contain ellagic acids, which have been shown to neutralize carcinogens and even help in the destruction of cancer cells
Especially Beneficial for Women’s Health
Raspberry leaf tea is mostly known for aiding Pregnant Women, in fact it is often regarded as the ‘Woman’s Herb’ We have our own herb! Here are some ways in which Raspberry Leaf Tea aids women’s Health…
Raspberry Leaf Tea for ‘Ladies Complaints’
Research supports Raspberry Leaf teas capability in helping to relieve premenstrual symptoms (PMS), providing aid with cramping, vomiting, nausea and mild diarrhea. But how does it work? Raspberry leaves contain a plant compound called fragarine. Fragarine helps tone and tighten the pelvic area, which in turn helps reduce the spasm of the muscles that cause the menstrual cramping, vomiting and diarrhea.
Raspberry Leaf Tea For Pregnancy
Raspberry Leaf is a natural Herbal Tea remedy that has been recommended by midwives for Centuries! Often used by mothers from as soon as the First Trimester right up to the Birth.
Raspberry leaf tea is more commonly used later on in the pregnancy, however some mothers to be, whom suffer with Nausea and vomiting very early on, can gain some relief by drinking Raspberry leaf tea as soon as the symptoms arise.
Second and Third Trimester
Again Raspberry leaf Tea is a wonderful tonic during this period for Nausea and Vomiting, but it also helps with preparation for the birth. Raspberry leaf tea is often recommended to strengthen the uterus before birth, which helps to improve the labour outcome and prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth.
May Help to Shorten Your Labour
Many women have claimed that Raspberry Leaf Tea helped to shorten their Labour time. Again, the fragarine compound in Raspberry leaves, is a known aid which helps to tone and tighten the muscles in the pelvic area, which also includes the walls of your uterus, this action collectively helps make the birthing experience easier and decreases the likelihood of complications and interventions.
How much Raspberry Leaf Tea should You Drink During Pregnancy ?
For most expectant mums, it appears to be safe to drink 1–3 cups per day, though during early pregnancy, you should limit to 1.
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How and When To Harvest Raspberry Leaves
Start harvesting Raspberry Leaves in early Spring, Before fruits develop. You want young, fresh, green leaves on healthy canes. Harvest in the morning after the dew has evaporated.
Simply Snip o0f the fresh leaves with clean scissors or pruners.
How to Dry and store
For long term storage, you first need to dry the leaves completely. Do this by laying the leaves flat on brown paper or newspaper in a dark dry environment for roughy 1 week. Alternatively, pop in a dehydrator for 12 hours on the lowest heat setting. Store in a clean airtight container for up to 1 year.
How to Brew Raspberry Leaf Tea
Pop 1 tsp of Raspberry Leaf in a tea ball and submerge in Hot water, steep for 5 minutes, remove tea ball and drink. Alternatively you can use a teapot with an Infuser
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