Posted by MRK on 22nd January 2013

Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits During Pregnancy: How To Make It?

Raspberry leaf is used to treat a variety of ailments like diarrhea, flu, gum disease, menstrual problems and many more. However, it is most widely and popularly used during pregnancy.  If used correctly it is supposed to be very beneficial.

Red Raspberry Leaf available online as well as in many health food stores, and comes in the form of tinctures, capsules or as loose leafs to make tea with. The loose form is considered the best because it gets absorbed effectively.

How To Make And Use Raspberry Leaf Tea?

Red Raspberry leaf tea does not taste like raspberries and many people may take some time to get used to its taste.

Some like it hot while others like it cold. For those who like it hot, the tea would have to be prepared one cup at a time. But for those who don’t mind the cold or chilled option, the tea can be made in batches of four or six cups at a time.

A cup of hot tea can be made by steeping a teabag with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the leaf in it, in a mug of boiling water. Reusable teabags are easily available in the market. For those who prefer their teas a little sweet, some sugar or honey can be added.

A batch of 4 cups can be made by steeping (covered) 4 to 6 teaspoons of the leaf in a quart of boiling water. The tea can be steeped overnight for better results, but a minimum of 10 minutes is also good enough. This tea can then be strained into a pitcher and put in the refrigerator.

Also, both the hot and cold teas can be blended with some fresh orange or lemon juice if you prefer.

Some health care professionals prescribe not more than a cup a day in the first trimester, about 2 in the next, and 4 cups during the last 6 to 12 weeks.

Benefits Of Raspberry Leaf Tea While Pregnant

Some benefits of raspberry leaf tea include:

  • Rich source of vitamins and minerals; vitamin B complex, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron and vitamins A, C and E, for example.
  • Contains an alkaloid called fragrine which helps in smooth and strong uterine contractions during labor, and tones pelvic muscles and the uterus after delivery.
  • Strengthens the pregnant woman’s immune system.
  • Good for healthy skin and bone development of the baby.
  • Aids better blood circulation in the mother.
  • Helps in controlling nerve response to pain during delivery.
  • Aids in replenishing lost blood during childbirth.
  • Aids in preventing miscarriages and postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Lessens morning sickness.
  • Aids in reducing labor pain and quickening labor.
  • Aids in increased production of breast milk.

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