Red raspberry leaf tea comes from the leaves of the red raspberry plant. It is full of nutrients which are good to help conception, but also help overall health and well-being. It contains calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium and vitamins B and C.
Benefits for fertility
- It can help to clear toxins from your system that may be preventing pregnancy.
- It is thought to strengthen the uterine wall, which may increase the chances of embryo implantation and reduce the chance of an early miscarriage.
- Balance hormones to increase fertility, both for men and women.
- With its good source of nutrients, it can help improve the immune system.
- Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when also combined with Red Clover.
Red Raspberry leaf tea during and after pregnancy
I didn’t personally use it after I was pregnant, just because I had other issues. Some report it can help prevent pregnancy complications and may prevent miscarriage. Ask your midwife, doctor, or an experienced herbalist before consuming any herbal supplements during pregnancy. There are different thoughts over timing of raspberry used during pregnancy. Some herbalists use raspberry throughout pregnancy while others feel that consistent use is appropriate once the second trimester has begun. I would recommend airing on the safe side, particularly if you have a history of miscarriage.
- It may help nausea and morning sickness
- Raspberry leaf can help to strengthen the uterus muscles. It may help to prevent miscarriage and hemorrhage.
- Red raspberry leaf is thought to strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles which may help to make labour shorter and easier.
- It’s helpful for nausea and leg cramps (which may improve sleep).
- Due to all its nutrients, it’s great to boost milk supply when breastfeeding.
Red raspberry leaf is suitable for anyone, it can be used for sunburn, acne, eczema, rashes, and other skin irritations and can improve gum disease and canker sores. As it balances hormones, it can help PMS and endometriosis. It has also been used to treat children with diarrhea, vomiting or the flu.
Be sure to choose ‘red raspberry leaf’, not ‘raspberry’ tea. You can combine with Red clover, but I wouldn’t combine with any other ingredients such as rosehip.
How to make the tea:
For tea with loose leafs: Using a teapot, jug or coffee press, mix 1-2 teaspoons of leaves with about 1 cup of just boiled water. Stir well and leave for 10-20 minutes. Pour into a cup (ideally through a strainer) and. You can add honey or sweeteners to taste.
Alternatively you can make an infusion: Steep ½ to 1 cup of raspberry leaves in a large glass jar like this (or a quart mason jar) with about 1 litre (or 1 quart) of just boiled water for four to eight hours. Pop in the fridge when cool and drink within a few days.
Generally the advice is 1 or 2 cups daily and up to 2 to 3 cups daily while pregnant (after second trimester).