Raspberry leaf tea is a refreshing drink that is full of nutrients which can support general health and well being, and it is thought that by drinking the tea the muscles of the uterus can be toned and strengthened, which will make them work more efficiently during labor.
It is also thought to help the body return to normal after childbirth. Its effects on the reproductive system mean that it is useful for regulating menstruation and easing the symptoms of menopause.
There are a number of misconceptions about raspberry tea. One of these is that it can help to induce labor in pregnant women. However, it does have a number of benefits during pregnancy if administered with care and under the guidance of a medical professional.
For a number of centuries the tea has been used to treat ailments such as digestive disorders, cold and flu.
While it is said that the tea does not induce labor, it is not recommended for use prior to the 32nd week of pregnancy, as there could be a risk of complications. Then raspberry leaf tea can be introduced gradually into the diet.
The high amounts of vitamins A, C, and E can help to support the immune system of the woman as well as provide essential nutrients for the baby. Drinking the tea can improve the general quality of a person’s skin, hair, and nails.
Raspberry herb tea can also provide relief for the symptoms of diarrhea by calming inflammation in the intestines. It is a particularly effective remedy for diarrhea in children due to its gentle effects.
It is effective on stomach upsets if drunk cold. It is also effective for improving blood circulation as well as easing the symptoms of cramps and anemia. It is thought to be effective at firming the skin and can be used to improve mood swings.
The tea can also be used as a mouthwash due to its astringent properties and will help to heal sore throats and mouth ulcers as well as other irritations.
The cooled tea can be combined with a number of other herbs like slippery elm bark and used topically to treat external skin irritations.
There are a number of side effects to be taken into consideration when using raspberry tea. It is not suitable for babies and toddlers, and its effects are uncertain on women who are breastfeeding, so avoidance is recommended.
It may have a drastic effect on blood sugar levels so is not suitable for diabetics.
Pregnant women should only take raspberry leaf tea under the guidance of a medical professional. A number of sources will recommend raspberry leaf tea to bring morning sickness under control, but due to the effects of the tea on the uterus it should only be administered during the early stages of pregnancy with a doctor’s recommendation.
Its ability to regulate menstruation and menopausal symptoms means that it should also be avoided by anybody suffering from breast or ovarian cancer, or any cancer which is affected by hormones.