5 healthy spring flower and herbal leaf teas

Hello, spring is coming. Maybe not yet in Finland, spring in Finland usually starts in May. In Vietnam we calculate spring from January so now is spring time with me. Today I will share with you 5 healthy spring teas and some important notice about these teas. You can find these leaf and flowers in the forest or the dried tea bag in the supermarket but not blueberry flower. You can add these leaf tea in your healthy drink routines. You might know all the leaf already but I can list all the leaf in here if you miss something. Here we go!



Blueberry flower is a very exotic tea and I love a fresh and fruity smell of the flower. This tea is might be difficult to find in your home countries. Even in Finland, I have to go to the forest to find it. Don’t collect so much blueberry flowers and young leaves if you want blueberries in the autumn.


The first picture in this post is wild European bilberry flowers. And this is blueberry or highbush blueberry flowers.



Both of them are beautiful and look different.  About the taste highbush blueberry flower has a stronger taste than bilberry. But, I like bilberry fruit more than highbush blueberry.

Blueberry flowers tea has a fresh taste, vitamin C, and some catechins ingredients. In the Europe, we have the bilberry or the European blueberries. Bilberry leaves contain active constituents including tannins, polyphenolic acids, flavonoids, arbutin, catechins, iridoids, and quercetin.


It is very easy to make blueberry flower tea. Clean young leave and flowers with water. Let’s it dries little bit then boil it with boiling water. Wait for 5-8 minutes then you have a very fresh, rich anthocyanin, and healthy exotic spring tea. The tea has a light taste of blueberries, very light sour and a super fresh taste.


2. Artichoke tea



Don’t forget to make artichoke tea when you buy artichoke in this spring. What is artichoke tea? Artichoke tea is the artichoke water when you boil artichoke. Don’t  throw away artichoke water when you cook the artichoke. Believe me, this water tastes very nice and healthy too.


When I buy artichoke I will discard the thorny leaves. I don’t throw them away but keep it in a fridge for 2 or 3 days. You can also dry the artichoke for tea later. Remember to dry the artichoke leaves before you dry it. Separate the leaves clean it with water and dry leave with clean cloth or paper. Dry the artichoke for 2-3 days in the room temperature.  One time I had thrown all my dried artichoke tea because it got mold because I didn’t clean it before drying it.


You can boil the thorny leaves with 3 cups of water with 12-15 leaves. Boil it for 10-15 minutes. This tea has a sweet taste of it own but you can add some honey if you like a sweeter taste.


Separate the leaves, stalk, and roots, and wash them. Add about 100 grams of this in 1 liter of water and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, put off the flame and let it stand for 10 minutes. Strain and store the light-green liquid in another container.



Springtime is a great time to collect dandelion for the tea. You should try this healthy, detox tea with a rich source of antioxidant properties. Many researches have proved the power of dandelion in anti inflammatory, obesity, and cancer.


Springtime is the best time to collect dandelion. Don’t forget to collect the dandelion root. Dandelion roots contain minerals, Phytosterols including sitosterol, stigmasterol, and taraxasterol. It’s quite difficult to collect the dandelion root if you don’t have a tool. You should prepare a knife or something that can dig 5-10 centimeter (2-4 inches) into the ground.


Don’t collect dandelion in the roadsides or in a fertilized garden. Many studies show that dandelion absorbs heavy metal or in the agricultural land. Do not pick dandelion grown in recreational parks. Dandelion grows off the side of roads and backyards where people used herbicide, are not good too. Dandelion can absorb lead in high pollution area. In Finland, they recommend collecting the wild leaf 50 meters (164 feet) away from the road.


If you can’t find the fresh dandelion leaf you can also buy the organic dandelion tea in the supermarket. This healthy tea is a great tea to add in your healthy drinks routines.


The dandelion doses for adults are 4-10 g of the drug or as an infusion, three times daily  2-5 ml of tincture (1:5, ethanol 25% V/V), and  5-10 ml of juice from the fresh leaf, twice daily.


There is no restriction on the duration of dandelion’s usage. In the EMA report recommends limiting the duration of use to 2 weeks as the clinical safety studies are lacking.




Nettle leaf is yummy, and healthy leaf even it’s very dangerous plant in the forest or the field. Springtime is the best time to collect nettle leaf tea too. You should collect the nettle leaf before it has the flower. You can boil nettle leaf as a green leaf and use it as a tonic herbal tea.The nettle tea is tasty, fresh and healthy. You can add some lemon juice and honey in your nettle leaf tea. The lemon will enhance absorption of minerals.


You can boil the nettle in the saucepan or brew the nettle leave with boiling water for 7-10 minutes.


I use 50 grams of fresh nettle for one person in cooking and brew 2-4 gram of dried nettle leaf and root for 1 cups of tea.
You should ask your doctors for advice before using nettle leaf extract or other extracted products.


In Finland, it is not difficult to find nettle leaf. If I couldn’t find it in the forest I can buy the fresh leave from the supermarket. They sell the young nettle leaf like a salad or herbal leaf.  You can check in your city supermarket if they have the fresh leaf. 100% sure the big supermarket has dried organic nettle tea.


This is the last leaf tea I review for you in the springtime. You can find raspberry leaf tea quite easy in your garden. Raspberry leaf contains a lot of vitamin C, E, A, B, manganese, magnesium, and many minerals like phosphorous and potassium. People use the raspberry leaf tea as a tonic water, flu and swine flu, heart problem, fever and vitamin deficiency and sore throat.


Cut 2 gram of raspberry fresh leaves it into small pieces and put them into the strainer. Boil water until fully boiling and pour the water into the cup. Put the lid on and wait for 8- 10 minutes then you can enjoy your tea with a light sweet taste and smell like raspberry. If you like sweet, you can put some sugar or honey as you like. I would prefer to drink this herb tea without sugar. If you need to enhance the berry smell, you can put some fresh raspberry in the tea.
I like raspberry leaf tea because it’s tasty, lots of healing benefits and can strengthen the immune system. But I 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 leaf tea under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider.  I don’t recommend you use this herbal tea if you are under some health conditions.
Raspberry leaf is not good for 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.
The red raspberry leaves could change the way the body absorbs medications. The tannin in raspberry leaf could interfere with the absorption of non-prescription drugs and vitamins. So take the red raspberry at least two hours before or after taking non-prescription drugs by mouth.


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. It is important to only take the raspberry leaf doses as you recommended. In high doses, the raspberry leaf can reduce your blood sugar, and cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax. Therefore, a miscarriage could occur when pregnant time. Raspberry leaf tea can work as a hormone estrogen so in some cases, it might harm your health.


Here are my 5 lovely flowers and leaf tea you can use in the springtime. All the tea are good for your health but you need to check it more carefully before using leaf tea or any kind of herb. 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 herbal and 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. I recommend you to check more information about these spring tea in my old posts. Let’s me know about you and favorite tea in this spring. See you soon.

5 Questions You should Ask before using Stinging Nettle

Urtica dioica L., of the Urticaceae family, is commonly known as a stinging nettle or burn nettle. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.) has a long history of usage since the ancient’s time. Currently, this leaf has received attention as a source of fiber and alternative medicine. In many cultures, nettle is also eaten as a leafy vegetable. People use nettle for a wide variety of ailments, both in traditional and modern medicine. The nettle plant is used for bladder and kidney disorders, various allergies, anemia, internal bleeding, osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal aches.  In this post, I will share with you 5 things you need to know about ingredients, traditional usages, the dose and how to use nettle at home. As the information about nettle is enormous I will discuss more in coming post. The post will discuss the health benefits with clinical evidence support and side effects of nettle. Now let’s look at some questions you might have about nettle.

1. What are key ingredients in Nettle?

The nettle’s key components are vitamin A, calcium, carotene, beta-sitosterol, quercetin, rutin, and kaempferol. Both raw and cooked nettle have the rich sources of mineral, vitamins, minerals and protein. Using 100 gram of cooked or blanched nettle supplies you 100% of Vitamin A (including vitamin A as β-carotene), 40% of Calcium, 10% of Iron, and 20% of dietary fiber.
Besides, this leaf is rich in fatty acid, carotenoid, and Omega-3. Researchers find fatty acid and carotenoid content in leaf, stem, root, and seed of nettle. The amount of amino acid in nettle is higher than most other leafy vegetables. The Amino acid in nettle is higher than almond (dry), common bean and chicken. Nettle leaves are rich in α-linolenic acid, the predominant fatty acid, and seeds are richer in linoleic acid. The Omega-3 fatty in nettle is the same with treated frozen spinach. The total carbohydrate in fresh and cooked nettle (4.2%–16.5%) is lower than spinach (66.6%–78.9%).
Nettle leaf contains nine carotenoids. This leaf has high levels of lutein, lutein isomers, β-carotene and β-carotene isomers. Nettle leaf at maturity stages also contains Neoxanthin, violaxanthin, and lycopene.

Modern science has found many of the key elements in the stinging nettle that make it useful as a medicine. Nettle plant has approximately fifty active chemical compounds. These are including simple phenols, triterpene acids, lignans, hydroxyl fatty acids. Most of the medicinal uses of nettle come from chemicals located in the stinging hairs of the plant and the root.
2. What are the benefits of nettle?

  • Mineral and nutrient-rich food:  You can use nettle as a fresh vegetable in soups, pizza or cakes. Nettle is easy growing and it can be mineral-rich diets for poor and undernourished populations.
  • Healthy Drink: Making fresh or dry nettle tea for tonic water and healthy drinks. Nettle tea can work as spring tonic water as the leaf contains the high amount of antioxidant. Nettle tea is used for disorders of the kidneys, urinary tract, and gastrointestinal tract. The nettle tea also can support your skin, cardiovascular system, hemorrhage, flu, rheumatism, and gout.
  • Medical application: Currently researchers have focused on using nettle as the alternative medicine and fiber. In 1980’s, clinical trials have confirmed the effectiveness of nettle root and saw palmetto fruit extracts to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Dried nettle leaf preparations are also known to reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or asthma.
  • Technology for granulating lipophilic leaf extracts for medicine has been developed. As many valuable nettle’s chemicals are located in the stinging hairs of the plant. Nettle leaf extract contains active compounds that reduce TNF-α and other inflammatory cytokines.
  • Textile fiber: scientists in Italy have confirmed the potential of using nettle as a sustainable source of textile fiber.

3. How to harvest and store the nettle for winter time?

The best time for you to pick up nettle shoots is before flowering. You can use young nettle shoots as a potherb or spinach alternative. The nettle leaves on stems are tender enough to eat when the nettle grow up to 25 cm from the growing point. But the stems will become woody about 4 cm away from the growing point (29 cm). You will need to separate the tender tip (approx. 4 cm and leaves) from the woody stem before cooking.
First, you can boil the leave in water to remove the stinging chemicals for 7-10 minutes. Nettle has an intense grass-like taste and you can add it to soups and pies as in Finland. You can also combine it with others greens (spinach, sorrel, onions, and spices). In Greece, people will fry nettles, eggs with butter or fried it with olive oil and garlic.  
Freeze the nettle you need to boil them in water, pack and store them in the freezer to keep them fresh.
If you want to dry nettle for winter time, try to collect the nettle roots. Nettle roots grow on the surface of the land not so deep but it grows in a group and around under the stem. Use plastic gloves to collect nettle and its roots; it will help you from the stinging hairs. After harvesting, you can dry them in a cool place away from the sun and store them in tight jars for winter time.

You can also use nettle water as a shampoo to control dandruff and make hair glossier.

4. How to brew fresh & dried nettle leaf tea?

You can boil nettle leaf as a green leaf and also can use the boiling water as a tonic herbal tea.The nettle tea is tasty, fresh and healthy. You can add some lemon juice and honey in your nettle leaf tea. The lemon will enhance absorption of minerals.

As a research in the International Journal of Food Science in 2013, the best time to boil the nettle is between 7-9 minutes. In the research, scientists found that after different acid and amino acid in nettle leaves will reach a peak at 6.7-10 minutes. After 11 minutes of cooking, all amino acid in nettle goes to 0. I did experiments by cooking nettle for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, and 12 minutes. After 2 minutes nettle looked lively, scary with full of hairs. With 5 minutes the nettle tea still drinkable, but there were small hairs in the water. These hairs made a bit itchy in my lips and mouth when you drink it. At 12 minutes the water is thicker than normal water with full of medical or drug smell. So that I will cook my nettle around 7 minutes next time to keep the antioxidant and amino acid in the tea.  
5. What are dosages for nettle?

There is no formal dosage for nettle, and here is the nettles dosages information I collected. In Germany Commission E people recommend 4-6 g/day cut root for symptoms of BPH, doses up to 18 g/day. In some researches people use the daily dosages are 360 mg aqueous extract, 460 mg dried extract, and 600 mg freeze-dried nettle. Here are some more detail dosages

DOSAGES FOR THE NETTLE LEAF

  • In one research, people used 50 g stewed nettle leaf daily for rheumatic conditions.
  • Dry extract: 0.6-2.1 g/day in divided doses
  • Liquid extracts (1:2): 2-6 mL/day.
  • People also use 1 tablespoon nettle juice (15 mL) in 4-6 oz water three times daily.
  • Tincture of the leaf or root with a dose of 1/2-1 tsp (2-5 mL) three times daily, or as part of a formula with other herbs.

DOSAGES FOR NETTLE’S ROOT

  • German Commission E recommend 4-6 g/day cut root for symptoms of BPH. Some research uses doses up to 18 g/day for BPH.

I use 50 grams of fresh nettle for one person in cooking and brew 2-4 gram of dried nettle leaf and root for 1 cups of tea. If you use the nettle leaf extract or other extracted products, ask your doctors for advice before using it.
Nettle has been used as a food for many thousand years. Fresh and processed nettle have high-protein, low-calorie source of essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. The fresh nettle has formic acid, mucilage, mineral salts, ammonia, carbonic acid and water. The nettle works as high nutrient and vitamin foods. But nowadays scientists focus more on medical and fiber applications. I like the fresh taste of nettle and its huge health benefits. But when using this leaf you should pay attention to the dosages. Ask your doctors for advice before using this leave. I will discuss more the health benefits and side effects of nettle in my coming post. I hope you are not getting bored with this long and too much information post. Let’s me know what do you think about the nettle leaf. See you soon in my next post about health benefits and side effects of nettle leaf.

If you like to read more about nettle here are quite interesting links more about it:

Mineral Properties and Dietary Value of Raw and Processed Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica L.)


7 Benefits of Lemon Water to Health and Beauty

Having a glass of warm lemon water is a easy way to get vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, flavonoids, pectin and fiber.  Lemon water can promote immunity and fight bad infection from environment . Do you know that you can use lemon water as a cheap and powerful beauty weapons? This drink can support weigh loss with vitamin P, pectin and low calories (about 25 calories in one glass). Besides, lemon water can give you a brighter skin, detox your body and reduce stress. For these reasons, today I would like to share with you 7 amazing benefits of lemon water to your health and beauty.

1. LEMON WATER AND WEIGHT LOSS

You might know that lemon water supports your weight loss process. But how does it support your weight loss process? The power of lemon water come from it’s rich sources of pectin, and Flavonoid (vitamin P). 

– Vitamin P in lemons can aid the weight loss by modifying blood lipid levels. Besides, this vitamin can regulate carbohydrate and glucose metabolism in our body. Vitamin P in lemon also can support your healthy heart and enhance your immune system too.

– Lemons contain a high amount of pectin, a soluble fiber in lemon juice and 30% of lemon peels. Researchers have proved that pectin can reduce blood cholesterol. Pectin binds cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract. Then it slows down a glucose absorption by trapping carbohydrates. This process can reduce our body’s absorption of cholesterol from food. For this reason, to enhance your weight loss process, you should keep lemon peels when making lemon water. This is how I usually make hot lemon water with lemon peels.


2. NATURAL REMEDY COMBAT SKIN AGEING

Lemon water can combat skin ageing, a natural exfoliate, skin brightener and anti-ineffective. The high amount of vitamin C in lemon is vital for healthy glowing skin. As vitamin C support the synthesis of amino acids into collagen, which can protect and hold our skin tissues tight. Besides, other antioxidants contain in lemon helps decrease wrinkles and combat free radical damage. You can use lemon water as a natural exfoliate to gentle remove dead skin cells and bleach darkened or discolored areas in skin. Lemon water also purges toxins from your blood and keeps your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out.

3. REFRESH YOUR MIND AND THINKING

Lemon contains potassium which promotes clear thinking. This mineral works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance. A high level of potassium in lemon water can also help brain and work with nerve function by reducing stress. Vitamin P in lemon can improve capillary permeability, normalize blood pressure and blood flow.

4. DETOX YOUR BODY

A cup of warm lemon water morning can help to detox your body and ease aches. By controlling and encouraging the production of bile lemon water can purify and stimulate the liver. Besides, lemon water decrease the phlegm, assist dissolve gallstones or other calcium build ups. Lemon water can strengthen or maximize the function of liver’s enzyme by providing energy when they are too dilute.  Lemon water also helps to balance the calcium and oxygen levels in liver.

5. INFLAMMATION AND HEALING BENEFITS

Lemon water promotes perspiration and helps block pain. When we heat lemon juice, salicylic acid – the chemical cursor of aspirin’s active ingredient is produced. For that reason drinking lemon water daily can help us to remove acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints. This acid primary causes of pain and inflammation.

Vitamin C in lemon water can protect our body from infectious agents, scavenge harmful and free radicals. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cell and damage cells membranes. At the same time it also cause a lot of inflammation or painful in the body. Vitamin C will travel through the body and neutralize any free radicals from both inside and outside cells.

 6. AID DIGESTION

Lemon water can support digestion because it has a similar structure with the digestive enzyme. After drinking, our body will degrade lemon water for pectin and liberate. These components are good to our digestion and our total health. Lemon water also cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste and release gastric. 

7. NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COLD AND FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS:

Lemon water is one of powerful traditional remedy for cold and flu-like symptom. With high amount of vitamin C (36% of lemon) and  Saponin lemon water helps to enhance our immune system. Lemon can also increase our body’s iron absorption too. If you have asthma and other respiratory symptom you can use lemon as complementary support.


The benefits of lemon water seem to be endless, but in this post I listed just 7 main benefits of lemon water to your health and beauty. Adding lemon water in your daily life can be one of the most simple and large changes to make your life better. Lemon water are good at supporting digestion, reducing the cold symptoms, detoxing your body and your skin. Besides, it can enhance weight loss process, anti-inflammatory and recovery from stress and injury. You can read more about lemon water effective using and side effects you might have when using too much lemon water in my previous post.

Do you use lemon water in daily life? If you have any others to add, let me know in the comments.


REFERENCES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponin

How to make Lemon Honey Tea & Lemon Ginger Tea

Happy New Year 2014!

This is my very first post for 2014 and I do want to make a healthy drink which is very easy to make, healthy and taste really good. For that reason today I will make 2 types of simple tea: lemon honey tea and lemon ginger tea. These teas are very healthy and you can use it every day to boost your immune system, reduce the colds, wrinkles and support your total health.

The main ingredient of tea is lemon with a high amount of vitamin C. Lemon helps to protect your body against immune system deficiencies, reduces colds, de-toxic your body too. In my drinks I used slice of fresh lemon instead of only fresh lemon juice so that my drinks have a light bitter taste. Do you know that lemon peel is very good to your health?

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference in every 100 gram of lemon peel has 134 milligrams of calcium, 160 milligrams of potassium, 129 milligrams of vitamin C and 10,6 milligram of fiber. Lemon peel can improve the bone health with a high amount of calcium, decrease cholesterol level and boots immunity and digestion too. Besides, the lemon peels contain 30% of pectin which helps our body to reduce the cholesterol. In human digestion, pectin binds to cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and slow glucose absorption by trapping carbohydrates. That why I keep lemon peels in my drink. At the beginning you might not like the lemon’s peel bitter taste, but you will like it when you get used to it.

Gingerin lemon honey tea can treat the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches and aid digestion. You can use this tea for reduce nausea, and reduce muscle pain too.  


Ingredient:

  • Some slice of fresh lemon: You can cut lemon into thin slice. The thinner the lemon is the better flavor the drinks will be.
  • 2 gram of fresh pressed ginger
  • Honey or salt

First, I will make lemon honey tea:

  • I put some slice of lemon into a cup with 2 tsp. of honey. If you don’t want to use honey, you can put about 0,5gram salt into the drink.
  • Then pour 150-200 ml fresh boiling water into a cup.
  • Wait for 3-5 minutes and now you have very healthy drinks to start a new day.

You can use this tea in every morning to de-toxic your body. Besides, lemon honey tea is very good to your colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial.

And now we start to make lemon ginger tea. You can use honey or sugar to sweeten your drink according to your hobby. But you can also make this hot drink with only lemon and ginger.

  • Put 2 gram of fresh ginger and some slice of lemon into a cup.
  • Put 2 tsp. of honey or sugar if you like sweet drink.
  • Pour 150-200 ml of fresh boiling water and wait for 5 minutes.

Honey ginger tea supports your body immune systems, reduces the cold symptoms, flu-like symptoms and cough too. My teas have a bitter taste of lemon’s peels, slight sweet of honey, a lot vitamin C and warm smell of ginger.

Here are my products after 5 minutes. 


Lemon is my favorite fruit and you can find it everywhere in the world, which is not expensive, very good and healthy. You can use lemon in daily life and lemon can improve your total health day by day. Why don’t you kick-start a new a new habit for a new year by making a cup of lemon honey tea or lemon ginger tea in every morning. Do you drink lemon honey tea and lemon ginger tea every morning? What are your favorite recipes?

My favorite quote about life and lemon: ‘‘When fate hands you a lemon, make 
lemonade’’. I do hope all of you have a great new year with a lot of happiness and healthiness. And no matter what happen be strong and be positive like a fresh lemon.  

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.  




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