Raspberry Leaf (herbal tea)
Raspberry Leaf (Herbal Tea)
Flavor Profile: Pleasantly grassy. Caffeine Free. Please note that it is not recommended for pregnant women to drink this in their first trimester, or with a high-risk pregnancy.
Ingredients: Raspberry leaf.
Brewing Instructions: Bring Water to 100ºC/212ºF. Use 1 tsp of loose tea per cup. Steep 5-7 minutes.
Infusions made from the leaves of Raspberry bushes, (Latin: Rubus idaeus) have been consumed for millenia for reasons ranging from the soothing of throat infections to easing leg cramps. There is evidence that the women of the ancient Cherokee, Iroquois, and Mohawk nations took advantage of the plant's abundance and regularly consuming it during pregnancy. They believed that drinking raspberry leaf tea helped to ease discomfort during childbirth. In fact, these ancient peoples believed that the Raspberry bush was a gift from the Great Spirit, put on earth to aid in the propagation of the human race. Recent science indicates that there may be some truth to the ancients' claim since raspberry leaves contain fragrine, an alkaloid that helps tone the pelvis and uterus. Raspberry leaf also contains high quantities of Vitamins A, B Complex, C, and E, as well as many essential minerals, and high levels of tannin.
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