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RRL drinkers - where do you get it?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

So, if I remember right there are several RRL/nettle tea drinkers here. Where do you get your product? I would assume for the amount that you need to drink during pregnancy that you are ordering/buying in bulk? Do you buy local or online? What brand(s) do you like?

post #2 of 20

I got 2 lbs from  http://www.mountainroseherbs.com

post #3 of 20

When we lived back on the east coast I used to buy my herbs at my local co-op, now that we live out west I buy the herbs that I don't grow myself at a local store called Good Earth. I buy 1 lb packages at a time and mix up my blends and store it in vacuum sealed containers.

post #4 of 20

I get mine in bulk from Frontier coop online.

post #5 of 20

Just don't buy from bulkherbstore.com  They are run by the Pearl family.  It's not a family anyone here would want to support.  You can read more about them here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Pearl  

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kaliki_kila View Post

Just don't buy from bulkherbstore.com  They are run by the Pearl family.  It's not a family anyone here would want to support.  You can read more about them here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Pearl  

Ugh, yeah not a pretty story. I had heard of that book before but didn't know anything about it.

kaliki_kila, I grew up in the east bay! I have been gone for 7 years now but it will always be home. It has changed so much from when I grew up but I still love going "home" to visit. luxlove.gif

post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the suggestions. I am going to try the big health food store in the city and then buy it online if I need to. Actually, I am glad you mentioned the co-op. I will try that too!

I guess I really should have started on it sooner but the first trimester has been rough and I honestly just wasn't thinking too much about it. I start 2nd trimester on Monday and want to be sure to start getting my daily dose. smile.gif

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by tropicana74 View Post


kaliki_kila, I grew up in the east bay! I have been gone for 7 years now but it will always be home. It has changed so much from when I grew up but I still love going "home" to visit. luxlove.gif

 

Cool!  I moved here 10 yrs ago from Texas and it was a big culture shock!  

 

Let us know how you like the tea!  Here is a recipe I took from the RRL tribe:  

 

6 t. rrl
4 t. nettle
3 t. spearmint
3 t. alfalfa
 
I haven't tried it this way, but you might decide to make it like this if you don't like the earthy taste of straight RRL.  I was going to use this recipe if I didn't like the taste of just straight RRL, but turns out I really like it and don't need to add anything else.  I sometimes drink a mug of it hot in the morning, or otherwise make it iced later in the day and it tastes great both ways.  Maybe I will try making RRL popsicles in the summer.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kaliki_kila View Post

 

6 t. rrl

4 t. nettle
3 t. spearmint
3 t. alfalfa
 
Maybe I will try making RRL popsicles in the summer.

Thanks for the recipe. I LOVE the popsicle idea!

 

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Originally Posted by kaliki_kila View Post

 

Cool!  I moved here 10 yrs ago from Texas and it was a big culture shock!  

 

 

I can imagine! After 31 years in the bay area I moved to Oklahoma! It was a HUGE culture shock but in a good way...I could not believe how friendly everyone was. It was refreshing...
Now we live on the east coast and it is a WHOLE different story. 

post #10 of 20

When I make my tea I use the following recipe~

About a whole handful each of:
RRL
Nettles

About half a handful of:
Oatstraw

About a quarter handful each of:
Spearmint (for taste)
Lemon Balm
Alfalfa
Unsuplhited ginger
Calendula

 

I throw it in a pot, pour 2 quarts of boiling water over it,  cover the pot and let it steep overnight. Then I strain it and drink it liberally...My counter looks like a laboratory because I have all of these quart jars of tea unfusing on my counter, lol.

 

I'm originally from the northern east coast and when we moved out west, we couldn't believe how friendly people were on the regular, lol.

post #11 of 20

I would love to drink tea...I keep trying but it never tastes good to me! :(  I feel like tea is so sophisticated!  haha
 

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by heyitskalista View Post

I would love to drink tea...I keep trying but it never tastes good to me! :(  I feel like tea is so sophisticated!  haha
 

I just bought the boxed stuff this week because I didn't remember disliking the taste so much! It seems too grassy this time around. If I can tweak it to perfection, I'll share my recipe!

post #13 of 20

Hi Mummas,

 

Just wondering when the best time to start drinking RRL tea is? I think i have read n a few places that its not recommended in first tri? But not sure?

I am 10 weeks, and really keen on taking it.

Advice?

post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by travelmumma View Post

Hi Mummas,

 

Just wondering when the best time to start drinking RRL tea is? I think i have read n a few places that its not recommended in first tri? But not sure?

I am 10 weeks, and really keen on taking it.

Advice?

I started drinking mine at 9 weeks.  Some women start drinking it even before they get pregnant.  What I did was drink a weak cup of it and then listened to my body.  I felt that it was safe for me so I continued to drink it and now I am drinking strong brews of it at almost 12 wks.

post #15 of 20

Travelmumma, I drink RRL all the time and make my pregnancy tea blend and start drinking as soon as I get a positive on a home pregnancy test as it REALLY helps me with uterine irritabiity and provides some relief from the nausea and all-around tugging and stretching, plus it prevents miscarriage. RRL is actually great for women to drink all the time as it really promotes fertility, stable blood sugar, healthy gums, and provides diarrhea relief and improves your complexion. I say drink up! HTH mama!

post #16 of 20

with my first pregnancy i had an herbalist actually prescribe it for me in the first tri to help with spotting. i drank it daily from 8-13 weeks. this time i haven't had the spotting problems so i won't drink it till later on. i've never seen a study that actually linked RRL to miscarriage, only info that suggests it can cause mild uterine contractions....but since i'm breastfeeding and having sex, and those both cause more uterine contractions than RRL, i'm not worried. the uterus contracts from all kinds of things and it's not a problem in a healthy pregnancy. if you are on pelvic rest or bed rest you might want to wait, but if your pregnancy is normal there's no reason to avoid it.

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by darkblue0729 View Post

Travelmumma, I drink RRL all the time and make my pregnancy tea blend and start drinking as soon as I get a positive on a home pregnancy test as it REALLY helps me with uterine irritabiity and provides some relief from the nausea and all-around tugging and stretching, plus it prevents miscarriage. RRL is actually great for women to drink all the time as it really promotes fertility, stable blood sugar, healthy gums, and provides diarrhea relief and improves your complexion. I say drink up! HTH mama!

Did you drink RRL with all of your pregnancies?  Just curious, do you feel you had quicker/easier labors because of it?  This is my first baby and I would love to hear how it has worked for you.

post #18 of 20

I drink RRL when I am not pregnant, and I drink my preggy tea mix that has it in it with each pregnancy, I came up with the recipe while I was pregnant with DD1 and have tweaked it here and there, but yes, I do feel that it has helped me have awesome births; the fragrine in RRL is an alkaloid that gives tone to the pelvic and uterine muscles- and I feel like it has played a major role in the good tone of my uterus, I have never had post-partum hemmorhage and the only time I have had a miscarriage was when I was not vigilant about drinking my tea- RRL is known to prevent hemmorhage and miscarriage caused by an atonic uterus...RRL helps contractions be more effective without being more painful, it contains a high concentration of vitamins A, C, E, B complex, calcium, iron, and has a lot of minerals in it that are great for you like phosphorus and potassium. I think RRL is awesome, especially when used in conjunction with nettles, alfalfa, and oatstraw, I also include calendula for increased immunity and for helping treat vericosities and/or hemmorhoids during pregnancy, lemon balm to help with nausea and to soothe cramping, unsulphited ginger to help treat nausea, and a marginal amount of spearmint or peppermint for taste. HTH mama!

post #19 of 20

Last pregnancy I had awful heartburn in the 3rd timester, so every night after dinner I would mix 1 bag of RRL tea with 1 bag of peppermint tea, and once it was brewed I would ice it. It tasted great.

 

This time I just use the box pregnancy tea that has RLL as the main ingredient. I started before I was pregnant. My midwife last time said it's good for adult women to drink RLL every day of your life.

post #20 of 20
With my last pregnancy I got my tonic herbs in bulk from Mt Rose Herbal, as mentioned by a previous poster, and other things in smaller quantities from a local herb shop (In Harmony in San Diego...I think they do mail order). We recently moved overseas (DH is military) and I'm still looking for a bulk source here. A local shop has RRL in small quantities, which is an ok temporary solution. I've been blessed to find myself somewhere with an abundance of nettles and red clover to wildcraft so that's what I'm drinking the most of right now :-)
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