Red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is a plant that has a legacy thousands of years old and red raspberry leaf tea benefits are many.
While the red raspberry fruit stands out with its unique flavor and color, the leaves of the plant are also valuable.
They’re used to make a potentially therapeutic herbal tea called red raspberry leaf tea, which is particularly favored for its effects on women’s reproductive health.
Health Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea(recipe below)
Improves Digestive Function
Although not as popular as a digestive aid, red raspberry leaf tea does help in triggering and coordinating the digestion process and is especially helpful for treating problems such as diarrhea, nausea, or constipation. These symptoms are also frequently linked to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but women aren’t the only population to gain digestive relief from raspberry leaf tea.
Benefits during Pregnancy
Research has shown that red raspberry leaf tea can help in speeding labor and reducing complications and interventions during birth.
In one study, scientists discovered that women who consume red raspberry leaf tea regularly are less likely to go past their expected due date or give birth prematurely.
They may also be less likely to need assistance during labor or delivery (i.e. artificial membrane rupture, forceps delivery, or vacuum extraction) or require a cesarean section.
Recommended for Third Trimesters
Since ancient times, midwives have used herbal teas including red raspberry leaf tea to manage the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy and labor.
A study on the use of herbal remedies focused on 600 pregnant women in Norway. Fifty-two percent of the participants regularly used some herbal remedy and 63% of them had tried red raspberry leaf tea.
Red raspberry leaf tea is not only recommended for the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, but also to help with first trimester nausea and vomiting.
Helps Shorten Labor
Red raspberry leaves contain a compound called fragarine, which is known to help in toning and tightening muscles in the pelvic area, including the uterine walls, which can help make delivery easier.
A study published in the Australian College of Midwives Incorporated Journal in 1999 followed 108 women in red raspberry leaf tea-induced labor. Findings showed that those who drank red raspberry leaf tea in their last stage of pregnancy had a shorter first stage of labor.
The same study repeated a year later among 192 women found that red raspberry leaf tea had shortened the second stage by an average of 9.59 minutes. However, there was no shortening of the first stage of labor.
Good for Heart Health
Inadequate blood levels of potassium have been closely linked to high blood pressure and a higher heart disease risk, and red raspberry leaf tea is rich in potassium.
According to a study published in Hypertension, people who consumed 4,069 mg of potassium daily had a 49% lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease when compared to the people who only took in around 1,000 mg per day.
Boosts Immune Health
Raspberry leaf has a high concentration of vitamin C, which certain immune system cells require to perform their functions properly. The tonic can be used in a variety of herbal tea recipes for immune support during sickness. It’s even considered safe for children
How to Make Red Raspberry Leaf Pregnancy Tea
1 cup organic red raspberry leaf, 1/4 cup organic rose hips, 1 cup organic nettle leaf
- 1/4 cup mint leaf
- Fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup chamomile
Mint leaf and fresh ginger are beneficial for digestion while chamomile can calm your nerves and prepare you for a better night’s sleep.
For one cup of tea, boil a cup of water and pour into a mug. Add one to two tablespoons of tea leaves to boiling water and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes.
Then strain with a mesh strainer and sweeten with honey or maple syrup.
Other Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipes
Homemade Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
- 8 tablespoons dry red raspberry leaves,
- 3 tablespoons alfalfa leaves,
- 2 tablespoons nettle leaves,
- 3 tablespoons peppermint leaves
Mix all the ingredients and place in a glass container in the refrigerator.
Steep one teaspoon in one cup of hot water. If you’re using cold water, steep three tablespoons in three quarts of water and add a couple of bags of Raspberry Zinger iced tea. Sweeten as needed.
Iced Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
- 6 cups water,
- 3 to 4 red raspberry leaf tea bags,
- 1/2 tablespoon honey or any natural sweetener,
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice,
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
Boil the water in a large pot. Then remove from heat and place the tea bags in the pot. Let it brew for at least 15 minutes. Once brewed and cooled down, transfer the tea to a large pitcher and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Pour over ice and enjoy. You can store it in the fridge for later consumption.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Smoothie
- 2 cups cooled red raspberry leaf tea,
- 1 cup frozen raspberries,
- 1 frozen banana
Pour chilled tea and frozen fruits into a blender. Blend the mix to your desired consistency. Enjoy your smoothie!