Thursday Herb Day: Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry leaf, is often called the woman's herb and for good reason! I love Red Raspberry Leaf in tea form for PMS symptoms and so much more!

Most people know about the health benefits of the berries but the leaves are a greatly underestimated powerhouse!

Red raspberry leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals.

They provide B vitamins, vitamin C and a number of minerals, including potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and iron. However, their most notable contribution might be their antioxidant properties.

Red raspberry leaves contain polyphenols like tannins and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants in your body and are believed to help protect cells from damage.

In addition, the leaves contain small amounts of ellagic acids, which have been shown to neutralize carcinogens and even contribute to the self destruction of cancer cells

More research needs to be done on the cancer fighting abilities of this herb but studies are very promising.

Red raspberry leaves contain fragarine, a plant compound, this helps tone and tighten muscles in the pelvic area. This herb is my favorite for reducing cramps and other PMS symptoms.

While there is currently no specific recommendation on the amount to drink I just listen to my body and sip it throughout the day. And when you thought it couldn't get any better, one ounce, of red raspberry leaves pack 3.3 mg of iron, which is whopping 18% of the recommended daily intake for women aged 19–50. Getting enough iron can combat the anemia often experienced by women with heavy menstrual cycles and help with energy levels, as well as that run down feeling we women sometimes face after our cycles.

Lets touch on pregnancy

Red Raspberry Leaves were traditionally used in the second and third trimester along with all the nutrition and minerals listed above, that alone makes it wonderful for drinking during pregnancy, red raspberry leaf tea has also been used to strengthen the uterus, improve labor outcome and prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth. Some studies have shown that red raspberry leaf can shorten the length of labor and the need for interventions in a percentage of women. It is best to wait until the second and third trimester to consume red raspberry tea, although some women do use it for morning sickness with success. Personally I found out about how wonderful red raspberry leaf tea was after my three pregnancies, I wish I would have know about this amazing herb then but I know now and I aim to share it with others. Plants are powerful and a huge part of my and my families life. I pray this herb helps you on your healing and wellness journey going forward. So ladies make yourself a cup of raspberry leaf tea, pick up a good book and take a much needed break, you deserve it!

God Bless you my friends and remember God put plants here for our food and medicine!

Ezekiel 47:12

12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

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