Healing properties of raspberry were known to the mankind from ancient times. Speaking about the properties of raspberry, we usually have in mind the delicious fruit, while many of us still don’t know organic raspberry leaf tea health benefits. For example, raspberry leaves are a natural remedy to ease menstrual cramps and are widely used in traditional and folk medicine. Young, healthy leaves are usually harvested in late spring – early summer, washed and dried outdoors away from dust and sunlight. These leaves can then be brewed as tea. The best way to store them – in the paper bags.
Women should avoid drinking raspberry tea during pregnancy earlier than a 35-th week, as well as people with any individual intolerance to this plant and those who suffer from a chronic form of constipation, nephritis or gout. It is also important to consider that raspberry contains salicylate, the composition similar to aspirin. So in order to avoid an overdose, it’s strongly recommended not to take aspirin with raspberry leaf tea.
Composition of Raspberry Leaves Tea
Raspberry leaves contain organic acids, fiber, manganese, a rich assortment of vitamins including vitamin C, E, K. Moreover, it is naturally high in folic acid, magnesium, iodine, flavonoids (quercetin, cyanidin, kaempferol) and other substances.
Raspberry leaves were recognized by doctors of traditional medicine as a strong diaphoretic and antipyretic. They also contain a lot of tannins and astringent agents, whereby the plant has good hemostatic properties, and also helps in case of an intestinal upset.
For example, red raspberry leaves and berries contain 7-12% sugar, about 2% organic acid, 10-14% vitamin “C”. Raspberries are considered a good cleanser for mucus and catarrhal conditions, as they can help flush toxins from your body. It should be noted that its antioxidant activity is almost two times bigger compared to strawberries, tomatoes, and kiwis.
Useful Properties of Raspberry Leaf
Now people know well all the health benefits of organic raspberry leaf tea. Having various organic acids, mineral salts, and vitamin C, raspberry leaves are used in folk medicine as an effective antipyretic. Special enzymes, salicyls, contained in raspberry leaves, are natural aspirin and can help not only to break the fever but are also conducive to the effective perspiration.
Useful properties of raspberry leaf help to cope with diseases of the respiratory system (bronchitis and tracheitis) and get rid of a cough. A more concentrated infusion will help in the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract, get rid of gastritis and gastric bleeding.
Also, raspberry leaf tea is very useful for women’s health, contributing to the removal of inflammatory processes in various diseases. In such cases, douching and various lotions are commonly used. Doctors also recommend using of raspberry leaf tea for cramps during menstruation.
How to Brew Raspberry Leaf Tea
Pour 8 ounces of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of raspberry leaf. Steep, covered, for at least 2-3 hours, then strain. Drink as regular tea after meal 4-5 times per day.