Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Perfect Woman's Tea: Red Raspberry Leaf

Who knew that a natural way to combating the effects of hormonal imbalances, was as simple as taking a natural herbal tea?

What is Red Raspberryleaf?
I first discovered red raspberry leaf while on a mountain vacation in Georgia. We had stumbled upon a qaint little shop just outside Helen. I remember browsing among the many selections of little labeled jars of jams, spices and teas, each one having a tea strainer or a small spoon attached. I bought a lovely, soft, green herbal tea labled Orange Spice. It was a flavored version of raspberry leaf, and it was delicious. From then on, I was hooked. 

I finished the tea within a month and wanted more. In my search of course, I ended up learning quite abit about the many healthy benefits of this remarkable little plant.

Raspberry leaf- as you may have guessed of course- comes from the actual fruit of which it is named. This soft and rather fluffy leaf, has been used for centuries for a variety of Illnesses, But I have recently uncovered another wonderful benefit of this herb, which is rarely even mentioned. 

Red raspberry leaf helps strengthen and tone the bladder muscles. So effective is this tea, that it has been used for children suffering from chronic bed wetting. For those of you who, like me, have a husband who loves to go on long vacation drives without stopping, this was a boon to discover. 

Raspberry leaf tea also acts as a nice astringent & toner for irritated skin, effectively relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. As a mouth wash it is used to soothe mouth and throat irritations. Filled with Vitamins, nutrients and compounds that cleanse and even detoxify the liver, it truly is a special find and worth always having in your kitchen cupboard. Here are just some of red raspberry leaf benefits:

*Eases & Reduces labor pains
*Helps strengthen uterus & bladder muscles
*Filled with vitamins & potasium
*Acts as a healing astringent useful for wounds and sores
*Aids in diareah & stomach cramps.
*Helps with leg cramps
*Purifies Blood & Detoxifies Liver

**A Special Note: It really imakes a perfect gift, as like all herbs and teas, it looks very pretty in an apothecary jar. Add some dried orange peels and a cinnamon stick and viola! A warm, conforting, lightly spicy blend. Red raspberry leaf tea also tastes very much like a fresh, mild black tea, but with no caffeine!

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