Red raspberry plants are versatile and grow naturally in many places throughout the world. The berries of these plants are edible, tart and fruity in flavor. Many people are aware of the great health benefits that can be found in red raspberries, but what many people do not know is that the leaves of the raspberry plant are just as beneficial. For centuries, the leaves of red raspberries have been used in folk remedies as a result of all that could be gained from them. There are a lot of great advantages to be found in these nutritious leaves, especially when they are made into a healthy tea. This tea is incredibly high in vitamin and nutrient content and is a great herbal remedy for both men and women.
Raspberries provide high levels of vitamins and other nutrients as well as being delicious. Medicinal properties and botanical benefits have been of interest since the time of Jesus, reports the Berry Health Benefits Network of Oregon State University. Containing a powerful phytonutrient and antioxidant known as ellagic acid, red raspberries have been found to protect against a variety of health conditions and diseases.
Red raspberries are known to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with gout, arthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions due to the presence of anthocyanins, the chemical that gives them their red color. Drinking a tea made from red raspberries or red raspberry leaves three times daily may make a difference in the amount of anti-inflammatory medications needed to reduce pain in these conditions.
The leaves are rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron, as well as zinc and phosphorus. The leaves also contain a plethora of b-vitamins (B1-thiamine, B2-riboflavin, B3-niacin, B5-pantothenic acid, B6-pyridoxine, and B9-folate) as well as vitamin C. Magnesium and potassium are both macro-minerals, which the body needs in larger amounts to support proper functioning. Iron is a trace mineral-still important, of course, but we don’t need as much of it as macro-minerals. Below the recipe is a simplified and brief explanation for some of the most important constituents of red raspberry leaf, and how they help the body.
Red raspberry leaves are known for easing the pain of menstrual cramps, but it can also help digestive woes as well as support heart health. It has also traditionally been used by pregnant women, as well as post-partum, the thought process being that it can ease labor by helping with pain as well as quickening the process, and “toning” the uterus.
Red raspberry leaf tea contains an alkaloid known as fragrine which can help strengthen the uterus as well as the pelvic area. This can be beneficial to women during menstruation periods, helping to ease pains and cramping. This can also be a great advantage to women who are pregnant since it can help strengthen their muscles for when they go into labor, which can reduce chances for experiencing pain and can also make delivery easier.
Another great use for red raspberry leaf tea is that it is effective for treating many different stomach ailments. It can be taken to help relieve diarrhea, as well as for helping soothe stomach aches and cramps. Since this herbal tea has anti-inflammatory purposes and can help stimulate proper blood circulation, it can help heal internal illnesses and ulcers in the digestive system as well.
You will need…
-2-3 teaspoons of dried red raspberry leaf OR 2-3 tablespoons fresh
-Your favorite mug
-Honey or lemon (optional)
Bring water to a boil and place your leaves in a strainer or tea ball in your mug. Fill the mug with fresh, boiling water and cover, letting it steep, for 6-8 minutes. Remove the leaves, add honey or lemon to taste, and enjoy!