Red Raspberry Tea has been used as a medicine for centuries now. The therapeutic use of the red raspberry leaf was first described in a book published in 1597 called “The Herbal”. Some of the uses of the red raspberry leaf include:
- Gastrointestinal tract disorders
- Respiratory system disorders
- Sore throat
- Skin Rashes
- Heart problems
- Vitamin deficiency
- Relieving PMS symptoms (cramping, irritability, depression
- Relieving morning sickness
- Prevention of miscarriage
- Easing labour and delivery
Raspberry leaves are known for their astringent properties and is sometimes used as an antiseptic. Raspberry leaves can be applied directly on top of wounds to speed up the healing process of a small wound and to prevent infections in that wound.
Raspberry leaves are rich in in potassium, calcium and magnesium, it is also rich in trace minerals such as manganese, zinc, iron and chromium. They also have vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin B complex.
Raspberry leaves are a natural antioxidant and help to relax blood vessels. There has been reports that the antioxidants in raspberry leaves may be beneficial in fighting some forms of cancers.
I have red raspberry bushes in my backyard and every spring going into early summer, I pick young raspberry leaves (picked from the green branches) and dehydrate them in my food dehydrator. I then store the dried leaves in Mason jars and I have my own supply of raspberry tea leaves ready to be enjoyed anytime I want. Not everyone has access to picking their own raspberry tea leaves however. Many grocery stores (and of course health food stores) carry red raspberry tea. Make sure that you read the labels to ensure that the ingredients are pure.
The instructions for making red raspberry tea is simple and straightforward.
- Pour 8 ounces of boiling water over 1 teaspoon -1 tablespoon of raspberry leaves (or 1 teabag filled with the dried leaves).
- Steep, covered, for at least 5 minutes
- If using loose leaf tea, strain the tea first and then drink as you would regular tea.
I hope you have found this blog post helpful and that you are ready to add red raspberry tea to the list of the teas you will drink to keep healthy. There are many published books that talk about the benefits of various tea. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post.