Preparing for Pregnancy with Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea
Natural ways to prepare for your pregnancy
There are so many ways to prepare your body for pregnancy and a lot of specialists advise starting a “preparing for pregnancy” programme at least 12 months before you conceive. This is not always possible but introducing healthy lifestyle habits such as eating only organic and wild produce, cleaning up your diet, de-stressing and balancing your hormones will all help. Before you embark on any fertility journey it is always important to consult your doctor and work with a specialist. Here at Organics.com, we have some beautiful organic and natural products that might help you on your pregnancy journey one of which is Moos Broos Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea.
What is Raspberry Leaf Tea?
Raspberry Leaf tea has a robust, astringent, mildly bitter flavour similar to that of green or black tea, but with no caffeine. Raspberry Leaf has a long tradition of use in pregnancy to help strengthen and tone the uterus so much so that it is one of those herbs that many people know about. It is usually used in the last trimester as a uterine tonic and toner. Raspberry leaf tea has no side effects or known drug interactions and can be drunk freely, either as a hot tea or infused into the water. Our go-to Raspberry Leaf Tea is by Moos Broos because they create delicious, organic, handcrafted loose teas that are plastic, chemical and pesticide-free.
Why is Raspberry Leaf Tea good in the last trimester?
Recent research has found that the consumption of raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy may, in fact, improve labour outcome and reduce the need for medical intervention at birth. Trials in Australia in 1999/2000 suggest that raspberry leaf can be taken safely during pregnancy to shorten labour with no expected side effects for women or their babies. The study also reported a decreased likelihood of preterm and post-term gestation, and fewer obstetric interventions, including decreases of amniotomy, caesarean section, forceps, delivery and vacuum extraction in the group that had taken raspberry leaf compared with the control group.
Midwives consider raspberry leaf tea to be a gentle, effective nutritive medicament and recommend it be taken in the form of an infusion, 1 – 3 cups daily. Of all the herbs that might be considered for labour preparation, raspberry leaf products appear to be the safest.
How should you drink Raspberry Leaf Tea?
Pour 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried herbs or 2 tablespoons of fresh leaves, then cover and infuse for 10-15 minutes. If you are making an infusion, the leaves need to soak for a minimum of 4 hours but are best after 12-24 hours in the fridge.
What are the effects of Raspberry Leaf Tea?
Raspberry Leaf Tea is considered a supreme tonic for pregnant women because it can tonify the uterus, nourish the mother and the growing baby, prevent miscarriage and false labour and facilitate the birth and placenta delivery. When used after birth it can decrease uterine swelling and minimise postpartum haemorrhaging as well as increase the colostrum in the mother’s milk. It also reduces inflammation and excess dampness. It’s nourishing mineral content and ability to support the reproductive and nervous systems can even be of benefit in healing from trauma and though it is often regarded as a herb for women, raspberry leaf is also nourishing for men.
Raspberry Leaf can also be used in the treatment of anaemia, diarrhoea (even in infants), dysentery, dysmenorrhea, haemorrhage, incontinence, infertility, laryngitis, muscle cramps, morning sickness, nausea, overactive bladder, rheumatism, sore throat, stomach ache, thrush and weak vision.
What are the precautions and considerations for drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea?
Raspberry leaf is not generally considered edible aside from as a tea, though the flowers and of course the fruits are edible. Raspberry leaf is very safe, even in pregnancy. Although studies suggest that up to six cups a day of raspberry tea daily is safe during pregnancy, we would recommend just 1 or 2 cups daily of a standard infusion during the second and third trimesters.
What other uses does Raspberry Leaf Tea have?
Topically, raspberry leaf can be used as a mouth-wash to treat sores, gingivitis, sore throat and tonsillitis; as a wash or poultice to treat burns, varicosities and wounds; as an eyewash to reduce inflammation in the eyes; or in lotions, toners, or masks to tone and soothe oily or inflamed skin.
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Who else is it good for other than women in their late stages of pregnancy?
Although Raspberry Leaf is best known as a women’s herb, as a nutritive it’s beneficial for anyone. When prepared as a super infusion, the freshly dried leaves provide a surprising amount of Vitamin C (important for healthy collagen and tissue) as well as significant doses of calcium and iron. They taste pleasant and a bit tart thanks to their astringency which makes a beautiful tea ingredient.
Additional Benefits of Raspberry Leaf Tea:
In addition to providing a wealth of nutrients, raspberry leaf has important yet gentle astringent effects, which is common among rose-family herbs. As an astringent, raspberry leaf tightens and tones tissue, improving its function, and has a particular affinity for the uterus, digestive tract, and mouth (gums). It even strengthens the muscles of the uterus; as mentioned earlier standard raspberry leaf tea is often drunk during the last trimester of pregnancy to facilitate a swift, easy birth.
Skincare with Raspberry Seed Oil:
While we are on the subject of berries – have you tried A Glimpse of Beauties Berry Beauty Balm? Perfect for everyday use, simply melt a little of the balm between your palms and slowly massage into the skin wherever extra moisture is needed. The combination of oils hydrates and nourish your skin, leaving your skin feeling soft smooth and supple. Or try the Berry Instant Glow Facial Oil an advanced antioxidant-rich formula packed with nutrients to revitalise and boost the skin’s defences as it locks in moisture and improves hydration. Perfect for all skin types.
Key Ingredients in the Facial Oil include Unrefined cold-pressed oils of Acai berry oil, goji berry seed oil, organic red raspberry seed oil, maqui berry seed oil, blueberry seed oil. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, this product is free of harsh preservatives, parabens, chemicals and contains no GMO ingredients.
Maqui Berry helps to regenerate skin at a cellular level with antioxidant qualities that provide protection from the damaging effects of pollution and UV rays. It also contains the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbing capacity) value of any known berry. Goji Berry Oil contains high levels of Vitamin C, minerals and amino acids that encourage skin regeneration and help to fight off the damaging effects of free radicals. Packed with trace minerals, these oils encourage the production of collagen and elastin, helping to maintain firmness and flexibility for a vibrant and healthy-looking skin and complexion. Acai Berry Oil is rich in anthocyanins and phenols making the oil a very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Other natural products that can be used safely during your pregnancy:
One of Organics.com best-sellers is Mummies with Tummies Natural Thrush Treatment which can be used internally during pregnancy as a very effective natural skin care product that contains Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. It has been especially formulated for pregnant mums with gentle, safe, yet extremely effective clinically proven ingredients. Using oils that have been used for centuries to effectively treat vaginal thrush, bacterial vaginosis, vaginal fissures, vaginal itching, vaginal odour, vaginal dryness, candidal skin infections and has been clinically proven to help heal these medical conditions as well as offering relief from inflammation, pain and itching.
Since this formula contains natural antifungals it is very effective at eliminating candida and yeast infections. It is also effective against bacterial vaginosis; eliminating harmful bacteria while not harming the good bacteria, which is essential to vaginal health.
We hope that you have found this article useful and as always we advise you to consult your doctor and an expert practitioner before embarking on any changes to your diet or lifestyle.