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.

6 easy and yummy passion fruit drink recipes


Passion fruit is a healthy, refreshing, and delicious summer fruit; you can enjoy it at any time in the year. Passion fruit has a high amount of vitamin C and good for your body. This fruit contains many natural phytochemical, beta-carotene, and many other health-giving properties. Passion fruit also has antiseptic phytochemicals which have an anti-anxiety effect.  Today I will share with you 5 simple passion fruit drink recipes. Let’s see what we can do with this amazing fruit. We can mix passion fruit with many fruits or ingredients like:

  • Lemon/ Lime
  • Mango

  • Pineapple
  • Tea
  • Ginger
  • Oranges
  • Cream or coconut cream
  • Guava juice
  • Mint leaves
    1. Passion fruit juice

Cut 4 passion fruit each in half and scoop out the flesh into a blender or the jar. You can blend the passion fruits for 1 or 2 minutes or use a sieve to catch the pips.
Add water into passion fruit juice with a 1 juice: 3 water.
Add sugar and ice as you like.
After 5 minutes you can enjoy fresh and delight passion fruit juice. Easy? Sure, easy!
2. Passion Fruit Iced Tea

4-6 people
  • 4 tsp black tea /3 black tea bags or Early Grey tea bags
  • 2 cups boiling water (about 195°F)
  • 2 cups ice
  • 100 ml water
  • 4 passion fruits
  • 1/4 cup sugar or 3 oz. simple syrup to taste
Brew tea with 2 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain the tea leaves out or remove the tea bags. Cool, the tea down.
Cut the passion fruits in a half and scoop the pulp out of the passion fruits. Push through a sieve to remove the pips.
Mix 100 ml of the water into the passion fruit pulp then you can have a ⅔ cup of passion fruit juice.
Mixing the passion fruit juice with the black tea. Add sugar, simple syrup, or honey to sweeten the tea.
Fill a glass with ice and pour the tea into the glass until it is half full. Add some mint to garnish.
3. Passion fruit cup
  • 6 passion fruits
  • 5 ml of 1 tsp brown caster sugar
  • 300 ml or 10 fl oz sparkling grape juice
Scoop the pulp out of the passion fruits and push through a sieve to remove the pips.
Stir in the caster sugar and mix until dissolved
Add the grape juice.
Leave in the fridge to chill before serving.
4. Yummy Passion Fruit smoothie with Cream


2 passion fruits + 100 ml water or 2 oz. passion fruit juice
1 oz. Cream or Coconut cream
1 tsp lime juice
1 cup of crushed ice
Cut the passion fruits and use a sieve to remove the pips.
Put passion fruit juice, 100 ml water, lime juice and 1 cup crushed ice in the blender. Blend them for 1 minutes.
Pour the smoothies into a high glass
Wipe the cream and put it on the smoothies surface.
You can garnish the smoothies with fresh passion fruit and mint or some other fruits.


5. Vietnamese passion fruit smoothie with  condemning milk

In Vietnam, we make drinks with passion fruits, sugar or condemn milk. Here is the way we make passion fruit smoothie in Vietnam.
  • 4 passion fruits
  • 100 ml of water
  • 100 ml of milk
  • 2-3 tsp condemn milk
Cut the passion fruits and use a sieve to remove the pips.
Add water, milk and condemn milk into the blender.  Blend it for 2 minutes. Serve the smoothie with fresh mint to garnish
6. Passion fruit smoothie with pineapple


2 people
2-3 passion fruits
200 ml water or 1 cup of ice
200 gr of pineapple (¼ fresh pineapple)
Cut the passion fruits and use a sieve to remove the pips.
Put all the ingredients into the blender. Blend for 2 minutes.
In the original recipe, they have 2 tsp of lemon juice but I removed it. With me, this smoothie is a little bit sour already. If you want to make it sweeter you can add 1-2 tsp of honey or syrup.
Add fresh mint and little pineapple to make your smoothie looks nicer.

These recipes are very simple and fast to make. You can make different types of drinks with passion fruit. I hope you have the tasty and nice drink with passion fruit. Let’s me know what do you think and share with me your favorite passion fruit recipes.

3 Amazing Honeydew Melon Smoothie Recipes to Try Right Now


Honeydew melon is good and healthy fruit for summer time. This fruit is low in Sodium, and low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also contain good sources of Vitamin C, fibers and other essential nutrients to our body. Besides natural fibers in honeydew melon can support our digestion and keep blood sugar balanced. We can eat honeydew as a raw fruit and make honeydew melon smoothies too. In this post I one to share with you three easy honeydew melon smoothie recipes

1. Honeydew melon and honey smoothie

Ingredients (1-2 serves)

  • 6 cups honeydew melon
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Juice of 2 limes or ½ lemon
  • 1 cup of ice

How to do it?

  • Peel and cut the honeydew melon.
  • Put into a blender with honey and lime juice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve with fresh mint on a top

This smoothie has a light taste from honeydew melon and honey. Besides, this smoothie has high amount of vitamin C from honeydew melon and lime or lemon. 

2. Honeydew melon and light coconut milk smoothie


Ingredients (1-2 serves)      

  • 1/2 honeydew melon (cut into chunks, about 4 cups, or 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 leaves fresh mint 
  • 1 cup of ice

How to do it?

  • Peel and cut the honeydew melon.
  • Put into a blender with the coconut milk
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve with fresh mint on a top

This smoothie has quite rich and sweet taste of coconut and light honeydew melon taste. I think this smoothie taste is nicer than watermelon and coconut smoothie. If you like lemon or lime, you can add 1 tsp. of lime juice into blender for different taste. 

3. Honeydew melon, light yogurt, light coconut milk and watermelon smoothie


Ingredients (1-2 serves)

  • 1/2 honeydew melon (cut into chunks, about 4 cups, or 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 leaves fresh mint (plus more for garnish)2 cups of watermelon
  • 1 cup of thin yogurt
  • 1 cup of ice

How to do it?

  • Peel and cut the honeydew melon, watermelon
  • Put into a blender with the coconut milk, yogurt and ice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve with fresh mint on a top

This smoothie has little bit taste of coconut, yogurt and nice color from watermelon. I think this smoothie is absolute different than what I have ever tried. If you have all ingredients already, try to make this funny smoothie.

Here are 3 simple honeydew melon smoothie recipes I made this summer. All recipes are easy to make and quite convenience within only 5 minutes. I hope you like my short and simple post about honeydew melon smoothies. What is your favorite honeydew melon smoothie recipe? Let me know what you think about my work with honeydew melon smoothie recipes

Green Tea’s Benefits and Side Effects

People in Asia have used green tea for thousand years ago. Nowadays, people around the world use green tea daily as it has enormous health benefits. The health benefits of green tea come from high amount of mineral and vitamins. Besides, green tea contains rich sources of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG in green tea has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. The herbalist use green tea and tea extracts to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels and to blockage blood vessels in the hearts. Many researches have indicated that green tea may have ability to prevent some types of cancers like skin, colon, prostate and breast cancer. In this post we will have a closer look at 5 health benefits of green tea and how to use it effectively.

5 Health Benefits of Green Tea

1. Healthy heart

Green tea and extracts of its leaves contain rich sources of Flavonoid. Flavonoid in green tea can reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, and modify blood lipid levels. Green tea also helps to regulate carbohydrate and glucose metabolism. It can reduce oxidative stress and related signaling pathways in blood vessel cells. In fact, researchers estimate that the rate of heart attack decreases by 11% with consumption of 3 cups of tea per day.

2. Natural Detox cleanse

Green tea’s vitamins and minerals to nourish your body, reduce stress, skin damage and boost the immune system. EGCG in green tea can protect our body against cell damage and slow the aging process. EGCG help to breakdown cellular membranes caused by smoke, pollution, and viruses. Moreover, the B-complex vitamins in green tea benefits and alert the central nervous system. This vitamin supports the circulatory system and aids the absorption of carbohydrates for energy.

3. Green tea and Skin care

Green tea nourishes our skin with vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B2, Folic acid, vitamin E and many other minerals. Scientific studies suggested that EGCG in green tea may prevent the development and growth of skin tumors. As having a cup of green tea you can supply your skin many essential nutrients. 

4. Green tea and Weight loss

The scientist has proved that green tea can lower total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol in both animals and people. Green tea stimulates your digestive system and blocks cholesterol absorption. It helps to remove excess body fat all while adding essential nutrients for health and energy. In another small study, the researchers found that green tea can reduce harmful LDL cholesterol in male smokers.

5. Natural anti-cancer remedy

Many people believe that green tea can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and protects your digestive system from esophageal, colon and stomach cancers. With me, I do believe that green tea can boosts immunity, and its antioxidants fight damaging free radicals in the body. So what is the evidence of these believe?

Early clinical studies suggest that the polyphenols in tea, especially green tea, may play an important role in the prevention of cancer. EGCG in green tea may cause certain types of cancer cells to die in much the same way that normal cells do. This effect is important because cancer cells do not die as normal cells but they continue to grow and spread.

Several population-based clinical studies have shown that both green and black teas may help to protect against cancer. Cancer rates tend to be low in countries such as Japan where people regularly consume green tea. But, it is not possible to know for sure whether green tea actually prevents cancer in people. The researchers did not be sure the lower cancer rate is a result of drinking green Tea or other healthy living habits.


As the website Cancer.org ‘‘While the results of laboratory studies have been promising, at this time the available scientific evidence does not support claims that green tea can help prevent or treat any specific type of cancer in humans. Purified extracts have shown some promise in limited areas. Controlled, randomized clinical trials are needed to learn about the effects of green tea and more about those of its extracts. Several studies are under way.’’

How much green tea should I drink daily?

The typical amount of green tea consumed varies widely, and it is not clear how much might be needed for beneficial effects. Two or three cups of green tea (for a total of 240 – 320 mg polyphenols) are typically taken in Asian countries.
The most common amount of dried green tea for brewing 1 cup of hot water is 1 to 2 teaspoons. You can find more information about the amount of green tea and water temperature in my post ‘‘Do and don’t when brewing green tea’’.
If you use the green tea extract product, 100 – 750 mg per day a day of standardized green tea extract is recommended.

SIDE EFFECTS OF GREEN TEA 

Green tea has been used for thousands of years in Asia with few dangerous side effects. However, some people may have allergic with green tea. If you have any reactions with green tea you should stop drinking it.
If you drink a large amount of green tea you can have some problem too. Polyphenols in green tea can make your body to be harder to absorb certain medicines and iron supplements. Remember to tell your doctor and pharmacist about any herbs and supplements you are taking when you are using medicines.
When you drink too much green tea you might have irritability, nervousness, nausea, and trouble sleeping. Caffeine in green tea acts as a stimulant, people with irregular heartbeats or who have anxiety attacks should use it cautiously.
Pregnant women or breast-feeding women should not drink green tea in large amounts. Caffeine can cross the placenta and affect the fetus and can also be passed along in breast milk.
People with heart problems or high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, stomach ulcers, and psychological disorders should not take green tea. Always check with your health care provider before drinking or taking green tea.
In conclusion, green tea is very powerful herbal drink and you can use it to enhance, nourish and protect our body. However, if you have any kind of sickness symptoms or concern about your health you should go to doctor immediately. Relying on this type of treatment alone and avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for sickness may have serious health consequences.

Latest updated: 22/10/2014 

 References:

Ito en, ‘‘Major component and Healthbenefits of Green Tea’’, itoen.c.jp, 7th October 7, 2013
Cancer.org, ‘‘Green Tea’’, cancer.org, 2ndApril 2012

ST. Luke’s hospital at the vintage, ‘‘Green Tea’’, stukesvintage.adam.com,                    14th October 2011

Abigail Smestad, ‘‘Green Tea’s effect on digestion ’’, ehow.com, web 4th                       October 4, 2013

                   Wikipedia, ”Flavonoid”, wikipedia.org, web 23th January, 2014

Mint Leaf Tea: Health Benefits and Side Effects


Mint leaves have been used as a digestive aid thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, Greek, and Romans. More recently Mint leaves, mint tea and menthol products like mint oil, mint capsule have been used as a folk remedy or food supplements for vomiting, respiratory infections, menstrual problems and natural remedy for insomnia. The power of Mint leaves come from it precious Mint leaves elements with 3% of Dietary fiber, 9% Vitamin A, 2% Vitamin C, 7% Iron, 2% Calcium, 2% Magnesium, 3% Folate, 1% Copper and 6% Manganese. Mint also has the great source of protein, Thiamin, and Niacin.

Mint is very good at curing dyspepsia, gasses, nausea, body aches and pain nervous, fatigue, tension and headaches, muscle soreness and pain, itching, sunburn, and clearing nasal congestion.  

What are the benefits of Mint leaf tea?

Nausea and headaches

A refreshing mint scent is a powerful medicine to treat nausea. Smell the aroma of mint oil or fresh mint leaves so nausea is reduced. Mint leaves also can reduce the vomiting of women at gestation periods and motion sickness.
The ancient Greek believed that mint could invigorate the mind and refresh the blood. Mint leaves can be used as a remedy for headaches when you applied topically by mint soothing effects.

Supporting Digestive system

Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes, gallstone and cleanses the stomach. A teaspoon of honey in lukewarm fresh mint tea can check tummy aches/distension and stomach ulcers.

Respiratory disorders

The aroma of fresh mint is very effective relief of respiratory congestion by opening up the nose, throat, and lungs. Mint can also help to overcome a cough. The use of mint on a regular basis can help people with asthma by providing relaxation and helping to relieve breathing.

Natural remedy for insomnia

Mint leaves are also used as an old traditional way of natural cures for insomnia. According to the ehow website, we can brew¼ tsp. dried chamomile flower, ¼ tsp. dried peppermint dried leaves and ¼ tsp. dried strawberry leaf with 4 cups of boiling water in 20 minutes to cure insomnia. The mint leaves and chamomile are good for the respiratory system and also helps you to clear and calm your mind.

Clear the acne and improve skin problems

Mint has strong antiseptic qualities and menthol compresses were used in the past to cure inflammatory skin disease and herpes. Mint can be used to soothe and calm skin that’s itchy or infected and even use to heal bites from mosquitoes, wasps, and bees. Because Mint contains a high content of salicylic acid so it can act as antipruritic agent and prevent acne. The salicylic acid in mint leaves loosens up dead skin cells, allowing them to shed easier. Therefore clogged pores and you will have clear skin with fewer pimples. Besides Mint may strengthen skin tissues and help reduce oily skin with the high amount of Vitamin A (9%) in mint.

What are the side effects of Mint leaves?

Mint is considered safe when taken by non-allergic people in normal doses. But if you are sensitive to mint or its components you should stop using mint and avoiding mint in all forms to prevent recurrence. These are some allergic reactions to mint:

  • Skin hives and Eczema
  • Nasal Congestion and runny nose along with watering of eyes
  • Tingling around the mouth and lips and sudden numbness of area where the mint contacts the skin
  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea
  • Headaches which can result in severe migraines
  • Clogging of the sinuses
Mint may increase symptoms of acid reflux disease and hiatal hernia; people with these conditions are advised to avoid the herb. People with gallstones or liver damage should also use caution when using Mint leaves.
When applied mint leaves or menthol product directly to the skin, it can cause irritation. Mint oil and menthol products should not be applied to the nose or face of an infant or small child since they could cause trouble breathing.
Acid-reducing medicines may allow enteric-coated mint to be released before it leaves the stomach, which may reduce its effect on an irritable bowel.
If you use Mint oil or any kind of menthol products, remember that they may interact with other medicines as well. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all medicines and supplements that you are taking when buying menthol products.

How to use mint leaves and menthol products?

Mint leaves are best to pick during early morning hours in spring. If you need to dry it, first rinse it under cool, running water. Then place it in cool, dark place. To keep it fresh for 3-4 days, store it in the refrigerator. Mint or spearmint which is kept in sealed packages can maintain its aroma. Never buy it in bulk.

Common dosages are 1 to 2 capsules 3 times a day for irritable bowel syndrome; 1 tablespoon of leaves in a cup of boiling water for tea, 2 or 3 times a day; 3 to 4 drops in hot water for inhalation; 1% to 5% essential oil for nasal ointments; and 5% to 20% essential oil for other ointments applied to the skin.

References:
         Myrsini, Lambraki. ‘‘Herbs, Greens, Fruit: The key to the Mediterranean diet’, p. 37, 1999
         Nutrition data. ‘‘Nutrition facts: Spearmint, fresh(Mint)’’, Nutritiondata.self.com, 16 September 2013
         Ehow Contributor. ‘‘How to use peppermint to cure Insomnia?’’ ehow.com, 16 September 2013
         Aida, Duncan. ‘‘Improveskin with mint’’, Health.howstuffworks.com, 16 September 2013
 thot4food, ‘’Mint allergy’’, Ifood.tv, 11 July 2011,
         Cancer.org,‘‘Peppermint’’, cancer.org, 28 November 2008

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 

Tips for brewing the most common tea

          Tea, make from the leaves of plant Camellia, is my favorite drink.  I need to make it clear as there are many different kind of tea in my blog like herbal tea, or Camellia leaf tea and tea made from spices tea too. I also love to collect tea whenever I find something interesting. Now I have quite nice tea collection from Vietnamese green tea, black tea, Oolong tea and some Japanese green tea.  If you like to collect different kind of tea, you might have trouble with remember all things about brewing different kind of tea. And I have that trouble to remember temperature and amount of different tea when brewing. For that reason today I want to share with you what I know and have learned about brewing some common types of Camellia tea leaf. Now let’s have a look and you can take note or save information about your favorite tea. Maybe it is not a bad idea if you try a new tea in this weekend.

        Tea is the best choice to start a new day with lots of health benefits. All kind of tea can support the heart system, activates circulation, and detoxification. The power of tea comes from a higher number of tea’s Catechins, polyphenols, vitamin C and many vital minerals. Catechins is a type of polyphenol which are the main astringency component in green tea, oolong tea and some in black tea. Polyphenols in tea can protect our body against cell damage and slow the aging process. Tea’s polyphenols also can fight the antioxidant caused by smoke, pollution, viruses. I also have a deeper discussion about green tea’s benefit and side effect. If you are interested in it and share with me more green tea’s benefits from your experience and knowledge. But now I will focus on some DO and DON’T when brewing tea.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH TEA
  • Adding tea in your daily diet will make your life better and healthier. Drink two to three cups of green tea per day will give you lots of antioxidants and other tea’s healthful compounds.
  •  Drink tea right after brewing to get the Catechins and other flavoring. If you keep the tea too long it will become bitter and not good to your health.
  • Rinsing tea is making your tea taste better especially green tea, Oolong tea and Puer tea.  How do I rinse my green tea before brewing tea? I pour the boiling water into the teapot to make it warm first. Then I put green tea leaves in the teapot and pour almost-boiling water 194 – 203 oF (90-95oC) over the leaves (enough to cover them). Then I discard the water a few seconds later and brew tea with almost boiling water for some minutes depend on the tea’s type.

WHAT I SHOULD NOT DO WHEN BREWING TEA
  • Do not drink green tea with meal nor during the half hour before or after the meal. Green tea can inhibit the absorption of iron and calcium from food.
  • Do not drink green tea in the evening if you have problem with sleeping. The caffeine in tea will make you awake. With me I only drink tea before 12 am as I got some trouble with sleeping.
  • Don’t drink the tea which you brew last night. They are extremely bad to your health. 
  • Don’t drink more than 6 cups of tea per day. If you drink a large amount of green tea you can have some problem. You might have vomit, dizzy or diarrhea and iron deficit. Polyphenols in green tea can make your body to be harder to absorb certain medicines and iron supplements.
  • Ask for advice from your doctor and pharmacist when you use medicine along with tea, herbs and supplements. And people in these situations should be cautious when use tea:
  1. People with irregular heartbeats or who have anxiety attacks should use tea cautiously.
  2. Pregnant women or breast-feeding women should not drink green tea in large amounts. Caffeine can cross the placenta and affect the fetus and can pass to breast milk.
  3. Don’t drink green tea if you have problem with high blood pressure, kidney, liver problem and stomach ulcers.
  4. And Patients suffering from iron deficiency anemia should not drink tea too.  

I think now it’s time for me to close this long conversation. I hope you find some useful information to make your tea taste better and healthier. Let’s me know what do you think about my work. Don’t hesitate to comment and share with me your experience in brewing tea. I would love to hearing from you.  

Last updated: 17/04/2015

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