Raspberry leaf tea: Benefits and Cautions


Like the raspberry fruit, raspberry leaf tea contains a lot of vitamin C, E, A, B, manganese, magnesium, and many minerals including phosphorous and potassium. Raspberry leaf tea is the most popular tonic for pregnancy and labor. Many women consume the raspberry leaf tea during their pregnancies in the belief that it shortens labor and makes labor “easier.” With me a new user raspberry leaf tea since this summer, I got a lot of concerning about this herbal tea like who can use raspberry leaf tea? Does the raspberry leaf tea is really good to the pregnant? Do I need to wait until pregnant to use the benefits of this wonderful leaf? What doses for using raspberry leaf tea?


For that reason, in this post, I want to discuss with you about raspberry leaf tea’s benefits and cautions when using this herbal tea. 

1. What are benefits of raspberry leaf tea?

The first benefit I like in raspberry leaf tea is its usage as a tonic herbal tea for the body and skin. With the high amount of vitamins and minerals, the raspberry leaf tea can enhance an immune system. The raspberry leaf tea promotes sweating, urination, and bile production. Besides, the raspberry leaf tea can enhance and purify the skin too. The raspberry leaf tea can act as an astringent on irritated skin and tighten the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, improving tissue firmness. I do not recommend you to drink too much raspberry leaf tea in a week because raspberry leaf tea can work as estrogen hormone and it can change your hormone. Normally, I drink 2 or 3 cups raspberry leaf tea in a week with the aim of improving my skin and strengthen the immune system.  

The second benefit of raspberry leaf tea is the leaf can be used for sore respiratory system disorders including flu and swine flu, heart problem, fever and vitamin deficiency and sore throat. When I have a sore throat, using raspberry leaf tea is a good choice besides using lemon or cough medicines. With the high amount of tanning, the raspberry leaf tea can be used as a mouthwash to soothe mouth and throat irritations. You should cool the tea before using it as a gargle or apply it topically.

Raspberry leaf tea can regulate a menstrual period and decrease heavy periods. Astringent properties of this herb help to stop heavy bleeding. The high rate of iron which may help prevent anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding.

Raspberry leaf tea for fertility issues: If you are thinking of trying to get pregnant, raspberry leaf tea can be a good food supplement to improve uterine health and boosting overall nutritional intake. The raspberry leaf tea can heal and improve uterine health where there is uterine weakness present. The raspberry leaf tea constituents the alkaloid that helps to tone the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus. Besides, this herb is very nutritive and may help to boost overall nutrition. It is also safe for men to use because it does not contain any hormone-like substances. If you are actively trying to conceive, you should be avoided after ovulation.
Raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy:  Raspberry leaf tea is a traditional herbal therapy and is recommended in pregnancy by some midwives. When searching information about raspberry leaf tea’s benefits I found millions of article and blog posts motivate pregnant women using raspberry leaf tea. But does raspberry leaf tea really work or not? I don’t know because I haven’t got a baby yet. With me, this issue is very controversial and I would like to discuss with you more detail in the question 3.
2.  How much raspberry leaf tea I can use?

According to the drug.com, the safety and typical doses of raspberry leaf tea are 1.5 to 2.4 g/day. It’s mean 1 to 2 cup of raspberry leaf tea per day.
3. Does Raspberry leaf tea’s benefits to pregnant women?

I haven’t got a baby yet and I cannot share with you experience about pregnancy. But I do interest in finding information about raspberry leaf tea with pregnancy. The first website I visited to find information is Wikipedia. On Wikipedia, I found that ‘‘Most of the evidence available are anecdotal, and a recent scholarly review stressed concern at the lack of evidence for safety and efficacy and called recommendations of its use “questionable”.’’

The result of Wikipedia made me wondering and I start to find more information based on Wikipedia references. The references led me to the website of US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health. In this website, I found some research on safety and efficacy of raspberry leaf in
pregnancy. All research do not recommend raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy because of the lack of evidence for safety and efficacy. And further research on this issue is suggested. The research of Center of Pharmacy, University of Bergen, Norway, showed that the efficacy of raspberry leaf is not convincing because the limited documentation exists. The research was conducted in the electronic databases including PubMed, ISI Web of Science, AMED, EMBASE, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and Cochrane Library. Altogether there are only 12 original publications focus on safety or efficacy of raspberry leaf during pregnancy in 50 years or older. However, all the studies are small and cannot rule out negative effects on pregnancy outcome.

In the latest animal study of McMaster University, Canada in 2009, the study indicates an increased risk for the unborn child.

I know the using of raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy is a controversial issue. I do not against people who believe the benefits of raspberry leaf tea with the pregnancy. But, with all information found, I strongly
recommend you go to ask your doctor or health care before you using raspberry leaf tea in your pregnant time. Only use this herbal tea when you are noted by your doctor. If you need to read more about this issue you can find the detail information in my references.

4. What cautions should take when using raspberry leaf tea?

Raspberry leaf tea can work as a hormone estrogen so in some cases, it might harm your health. Before using this herb pay caution to the main DO and DON’T

A.   DO

I strongly recommend you to seek advice from your doctor before using red raspberry leaf tea or any kind of herbal tea. Keep in your mind that raspberry leaf tea is to be used only as a food supplement and must not be used to treat, mitigate or cure any symptom, illness or disease.

It is important to only take the raspberry leaf doses as you recommended. In extremely high doses, the raspberry leaf can reduce your blood sugar or may cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax, therefore, a miscarriage could occur when pregnant time.

The red raspberry leaves could change the way the body absorbs medications. The tannin in raspberry leaf tea could interfere with the absorption of non-prescription drugs such as vitamins. Take the red raspberry at least two hours before or after taking non-prescription drugs by mouth.

B.   DON’T

Do not combine herbal remedies with pharmaceutical drugs unless you have been consulted by your physician. Keep out of reach of children & pets,

Do not use raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy or lactation unless noted. Do not
take red raspberry leave tea on your own. Only use the red raspberry leave tea under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider.

Raspberry leaf is not also used by women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus because it can change the estrogen hormone.

Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it.

Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.

Diabetics should be careful as it might lower the blood sugar levels drastically.

Here are the main benefits of raspberry leaf I collected and researched. I do hope you should pay attention and be careful before using raspberry leaf tea. I like raspberry leaf tea because it’s tasty, lots of healing benefits and can strengthen the immune system. But I strongly recommend you find the advice from a doctor before using raspberry leaf tea or at least educate yourself before using it. If you are pregnant, remember to only use the red raspberry leave tea under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. With whom who prepare to have a baby, raspberry leaf tea can be a food supplement help you to fertility. And remember some cases that you cannot use the raspberry leaf tea too.  




References:
·        Voice Yahoo, ‘‘The benefits red raspberry leaves’’, Web August 21, 2013 


·        Drugs, ‘‘Raspberry’’, drugs.com, Web August 21, 2013 

·        Local harvest. ‘‘Red raspberry leaf tea’’. localharvest.org. Web August 21, 2013 

·        US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. ‘‘Raspberry leaf in pregnancy: its safety andefficacy in labor’’. Web August 21, 2013 

·        US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. ‘‘Raspberry leaf–should it be recommended topregnant women?’’ Web August 21, 2013

·        US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. ‘‘Effect of maternal raspberry leaf consumption in rats on pregnancyoutcome and the fertility ofthe female offspring.’’ Web August 21, 2013 

How to Make Low Sugar and No Pectin Raspberry Jam


Summer time is the great time to pick red raspberry in Finland. As I mentioned in the post ‘‘Healthbenefits and usages of Red Raspberry’’ I collected a lot red raspberry in summer time. For that reason, I had to think about how to use effectively my fresh red raspberry. Besides frozen red raspberries, making low sugar jam is another good ways to use a large amount of red raspberries. It’s quite funny to say that making jam has become my new hobby since I live in Finland. I love to make jam from all types of berry like red raspberry, strawberry and blue berry. It is very nice to have a breakfast with summer jam in a very cold and dark winter morning. Now, let start to do my favorite low sugar red raspberry jam. 

Ingredients:  

  •            300 gr of sugar
  •      700 gr of fresh or frozen unsweetened red raspber
  •       200ml of water
  •       3 tsp. fresh lemon juice
I don’t use the traditional recipe to make jam with 50 percent of sugar and 50 percent of fruits. Instead, I make low sugar jam with 30% of sugar and 70% of fruits like red raspberry, blue berry and strawberry. I try not to eat much sugar because it is not good to body and skin. I have tested so many times to make jam with lower sugar at different percentages but nothing is as good as 30:70 percentage. However, the lower percentage of sugar I put in the jam, the shorter time I can keep the jam in refrigerator. My jam’s refrigerated life is 4 or 5 months shorter than the jam made with traditional recipe. If you want to keep your jam longer, you can use the traditional recipe with 500 gr of sugar and 500 gr of red raspberries.
In my jam, I did not discard the raspberry seeds because according to the website Berry health red raspberry seeds are rich in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid and sun protection factor (SPF) of 24-50. But sometime it’s very uncomfortable when red raspberry seeds stuck in teeth. If you don’t like that, you can discard them while cooking jam by using strainer.
Step 1: Prepare the sterilized jars before you start to make a jam.

          Place clean jars into the pot and boil jars over high heat for 10 minutes. Make sure the water is covered all of the jars.
          Remove and drain hot sterilized jars one at a time by using jar lifters.
          Turned upside down jars to make sure they are completely drained.

          Do not boil the jar lids and lid rings because boiling the lid can cause problems in sealing jars. Just simmer the jar’s lids in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain lids and rings and keep them aside the jars.
          If you need to read more about sterilized jars you can see detailed information in the post’s references.
Step 2: Boil 200ml or a cup of water in the high heat until the water is boiling. Slowly add sugar and stir it until the sugar totally melted. After 5 minutes, the sugar is melted totally you can put lemon juice into the pot. The lemon juice will prevent the jam from mold and minimizes the loss of vitamin in red raspberries.

 Step 3: Put 700 gr of fresh or frozen raspberry into the boiling pot. Using wooden spoon, lightly crush raspberries in the pot. 

Place the pan or pot over high heat to boil the mixture and stir constantly. Skim foam from the pot’s surface. If you want to discard the red raspberry seeds, you can start to remove red raspberry seeds in this step.  
Testing and checking jam until it done.  If mixture gets dry and looks like a gel it is ready. If jam is too thin and spreads, return it to pot and continue boiling it. This is my product after one and half hours.

Step 4: Spoon your hot jam into hot sterilized jars and cover immediately with sterilized lids. Put lids and rings on jars and tighten; do not over-tighten. Once jars have cooled completely, test to make sure each jar is completely sealed. Press down on the middle of the lid with a finger. If lid springs up when finger is released, the jar is unsealed. When step 4 is finished, the red raspberry jam may be kept refrigerated, up to 1 month.
 Step 5: If you want to keep your low sugar red raspberry jam up for longer from 4 to 6 months or longer, you need to do some extra work with your filled jars.
          Boiling water in the pot or the caner which you used to sterilized the jars before.  When the water in the pot or caner be close to boiling or up to 180 degree, place filled jars into the pot. Keep the jars upright at all the times and water below the neck of the jar. Increase the heat until the water comes to full boil. Keep jars in the pot for 5 minutes.
                      After 5 minutes, turn off heat and wait 5 minutes before moving jars from caner to allow the boiling and jar content to settle.
          Remove jars from caner and carefully place them onto towel or cake cooling rack. Keep space between jars and avoid placing jars onto cold surface.
          Cool jars upright for 12 to 24 hours while vacuum seal is dawn and the jam is settle up. Do not push down on a center of the flat metal lid until the jar is completely cooled.
          If you make jam with traditional recipe with 50:50 percentage, you can keep the jam up to one year after finishing step 5.
Here are my finished low sugar red raspberry jam jars
Notes:
·        I put sugar less than the traditional method so the jam will not be kept as long as the traditional jam recipe. As my own experience, if I kept the jam in a suitable way, I can keep my jam in good conditions from 4 to 6 months.
·        Once you open the can, consume the jam during 3 or 4 weeks. Keep the jam in refrigerator.
·        Always remember to check all home-canned jam jars before opening and eating. If there is any mold or any sigh of spoilage, discard the entire content of the jar or container.
It’s a little strange to read post of making jam in a healthy drinks blog, but I do love jam. Making low sugar red raspberry jam is one part of my experience of using red raspberry in efficient and healthy way. With me, low sugar red raspberry jam is the best jam ever. If you like this post, try to make low sugar red raspberry jam with my recipe. You will see the difference between your homemade jam and the jam you bought in supermarket. Let me know your opinion about this red raspberry jam recipe. I am very happy to learn from you more about making jam.

References

Raspberry drink with Honey and Mint


         Today I will share with you my favorite healthy drink recipe made from with red raspberries, mint leaves and honey. This healthy drink is easy to prepare and very good to your body. Your body can absorb many antioxidant, mineral and vitamin C from red raspberries and honey in this healthy drink. As I mentioned in the post ‘‘Health benefits and usages of red raspberry’’, the red raspberry contains high amount of antioxidant that fight against cancer, heart circulatory disease and age-related decline. To make this drink you can use both fresh and frozen red raspberries to make it. 
       
       The mint leaves in the drink can eliminate toxins from your body, cleanses the stomach and clear up skin disorders. I don’t know about you but with me I always prefer the honey to the sugar. Besides the excellence health benefit, the honey has a very relaxing smell. When you combine red raspberries, mint leaves and honey you will have a very tasty healthy drink. Now let start to do this easy and healthy red raspberry drink: 

                                Ingredients:

      1 dl of fresh red raspberries or frozen un-sweetened
      2 tsp. of honey
      4 or 5 mint leaves

A cup of ice


Step 1: Mix 2 tsp. honey with water. You should put a little hot water into cup because it is very hard for honey mixed with cold water. When honey totally melted, you can put more cold water up to 150 ml or a half of cup like this. 



Step 2: Put red raspberries into a cup of honey water. Squeeze the red raspberries and then discard the red raspberry seeds.


Step 3: Cut 5 mint leaves and then put them into the cup with red raspberry. If you want more mint flavor in your drink, you can squeeze cut mint leaves but it might bring a little bitter feeling from squeezed mint leaves to the raspberry drink.

Step 4: Put some ice and enjoy the red raspberry healthy drink. It only takes you about 10 minute or less to prepare this healthy and tasty red raspberry drink. 


This healthy drink got a light sweet taste but not too sweet.  You can enjoy a relaxing flavor which is combined by honey, fresh mint leaves and red raspberry. If you are looking for easy and healthy drink recipe, this healthy drink recipe is a good choice. Try to make it if you like red raspberry, honey and mint leave. Let me know what you think about this easy healthy drink recipe or what your experience when you make it.

Health benefits and Usages of Red Raspberry

Now is the Summer time in Finland. After a long and cold winter, the sun has come back to Finland. At this time, Finland is so beautiful with a lot of sunshine and the nature is so amazing. In summer, I usually spend a lot of time to wander around the forest and collect red raspberries. I like the wide red raspberries more than the grown raspberries because they are fresher and have excellent taste. Moreover, the wide berries are free in Finland. Whenever I have free time, I will go to forest and collect as much berries as I can. In the good day for picking red raspberries, I can collect 1 kg of red raspberry after 3 hours in the forest.  
Red raspberries are rich in Vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamins B. This amazing fruit contains a high amount of antioxidant such as queretin, gallic acid that fight against cancer, heart circulatory disease and age-related decline. According to the tests conducted at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, the human body readily absorbs the ellagic acid from red raspberries. This ellagic acid helps our body to prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells which promoting the normal death of healthy cells. The ellagic acid in red raspberry causes apoptosis (cell death) in certain cancer cells.
Moreover, red raspberries also inhibit the production of COX-I and COX-II enzymes. COX-I and COX-II resulting in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.
Nutraceutical Value  Red Raspberry
Anthocyanins
20-65 mg/100 g
Ellagic Acid
3.39 mg/g dry wt
ORAC
24 umole TE/g
Salicylic Acid
5 mg/100g
Quercetin
12 mg/100g
Catechins
83 mg/100g
 With many health benefits, red raspberries are used for:
  • Fresh or frozen fruit: eating whole red raspberries is the best method to consume the nutrition and health benefits from red raspberries. The scientist has proved that consume the whole red raspberries is more beneficial than taking individual phytochemicals in the form of dietary supplements.
  • The red raspberry leaves are full of mineral and vitamin A, E, C and complex B vitamin. All of these vitamins strengthen our body immune system.  You can use the fresh leave or dried leaves to make raspberry leaf tea. The raspberry leaf tea has lots benefits such as throat gargles, morning sickness remedies, and fertility.
  • Red raspberry seed oil is used in cosmetic industry because it is rich in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 24-50.
  • Red raspberries are great fruit to make low sugar red raspberry jam and red raspberry healthy drinks.

As I collected a lot of red raspberry in summer time and I did not want to waste my fresh red raspberry. I have tried and tested many different ways to use red raspberries such as: testing red raspberry healthy drinks, making red raspberry leaves tea, cooking raspberry jam. In my coming posts in this month I will share with you what and how do I use red raspberries.
In short, the best way to use red raspberries is eating the fresh one. Your body can absorb many antioxidants if you eat the whole red raspberry. The red raspberry leaves can be used as special herb tea. This herb tea can strengthen your immune systems. And don’t forget to make your own red raspberry jam. Believe me, red raspberry jam is the best jam ever. When you do it, you can see a very big difference between homemade jam and the jam you buy in super market. 
Here is some general information about the red raspberry’s health benefits and how to use it. Do you like this post or not? Tell me what you think about it. Thank you for spending time with me and see you again in later post about red raspberries.

References

Berry Healthy Network.  ‘‘Health and Healing Fact Sheets: Red Raspberries’’. Berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu. Web August 1, 2013
Local harvet. ‘‘Red raspberry leave tea’’. localharvest.org. Web August 6, 2013