Raspberry Leaf Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Raspberry Leaf Tea is most famously consumed among pregnant women, however it is without a doubt, a tea to be enjoyed by all. The science behind its popularity has long acknowledged Raspberry Leaf Tea is good for pregnant women with its ability to reduce symptoms of morning sickness, tone the uterine wall, ease contractions, and balance postpartum hormones.
It is no wonder, then, that this beverage is often treasured by mothers and mothers-to-be alike. But there is also so much more to this brew. Although its name may suggest a fruity concoction brimming with raspberry essence, this beverage resembles the flavours of a particularly floral black tea, as opposed to its namesake. Using the leaves from the Raspberry plant, Raspberry Leaf Tea is, in fact, a herbal tea, and does not contain any leaves from Camellia Sinensis (or, ‘tea plant’). With that in mind, this herbal tea is completely caffeine free.
Raspberry Leaf Tea has been used for centuries, both in the Old and New World. It has piqued the interest of many owing to its incredible health benefits. In particular, various Native American Tribes consumed many components of the raspberry plant, botanically recognised as being part of the Rubus genus of the Rose family to cure a number of ailments prevalent in their respective communities. This, of course, includes raspberry leaf in brew-form for pregnant women. The Chippewa and Omaha tribes used the roots of the Raspberry plant to treat bowel problems such as dysentery and diarrhoea, while the Appalachia used roots in tea-form to relieve haemorrhaging or haemophilia.
Today, this leaf tea remains a popular beverage with expecting mothers. This is largely due to Scientific Studies, as well as a multitude of documented personal accounts establishing correlations between the consumption of Raspberry Leaf Tea in Pregnancy and the improvement/relief of many pregnancy-related issues. Raspberry Leaf Tea is completely safe to drink, although most doctors, midwives, and other medical professionals recommend its consumption no earlier than 32 weeks into a pregnancy.
Following this, however, specialists recommend starting your routine with just one cup of Raspberry Tea a day, and then over the course of a few weeks, building it up to two, even three cups daily. Evidence has suggested that, while maintaining this level of consumption during your second trimester, you will have a far lower chance of running past 41 weeks of pregnancy.
A number of personal accounts have also suggested that Raspberry Leaf Tea can help VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section) mothers. Others have also referred to their experiences of this herbal tea and its ability to strengthen the amniotic sac, as well as using this beverage to aid with postpartum depression (PPD). Furthermore, Raspberry Leaf Tea has a high mineral count and could potentially help develop breast milk.
Many scientific institutes are, to this day, continuing to research this fascinating topic. For this reason, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company advise caution when examining the facts. Until more is known, we urge all expecting mothers to contact a medical professional before consuming Raspberry Leaf Tea for this particular health benefit. Meanwhile, if you wish to find out more information, visit our blog, ‘Raspberry Leaf Tea Pregnancy: Facts and Fictions?’.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Herbal Tisane.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 8 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Both honey and lemon are popular choices for inclusion in this beverage. However, Raspberry Leaf Tea can also be served and enjoyed without accompaniments.
Tasting Notes: With its earthy, grassy aromas – this beverage is mother nature in a cup! A perfect choice for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors, this herbal tisane is smooth and refreshing with mint and malty undertones.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor, dark in tone.
Benefits of Raspberry Leaf Tea: Aside from its pregnancy-related benefits, Raspberry Leaf Tea is rich in vitamins C, E, A and B, as well as containing significant amounts of major minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. Further to this, traces of the minerals zinc, iron chromium and manganese can also be found in this tisane. If this was not enough, known to help boost the immune system, decrease inflammation, support a faster metabolism and even prevent nausea and other gastrointestinal issues!
You can read our Raspberry Leaf Tea Pregnancy: Facts and Fictions? article to find out more about this amazing loose tea.
Health PointsDetox, Digestive, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening
CountryMore Than One Origin