Anyone else drinking RRL? I'm enjoying a tall delicious brew right now.
June 2014 Due Date Club
Metasequoia - So glad to hear that the RRL has been helping!
RRL is so wonderful for women...I've been drinking a pregnancy mix for about 6 months now, as I like to start drinking mine before I even get pregnant. I don't harvest my own (so cool that you do), but I do mix up a blend of loose teas that I get from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Here's my mix (from a local Midwife):
2 Cups Red Raspberry
1 Cup Nettle
1 Cup Mint
1/2 Cup Alfalfa
3 Tbs Lavender
3 Tbs Rosebuds
3 Tbs Camomile
2 Tsp Rosehips
This blend is so nurishing and it smells just heavenly!
Some people also use oatstraw, but I'm not sure that one is for me, so I just exclude it.
Happy tea sipping ladies!
This tea sounds lovely. I just started reading Susan Weeds Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing year and was thinking of doing a blend of nettles and RRL, but now I think I will try this blend, as it looks great. I have held off getting started on any preggo teas or supplements because my dinky-small-town-coop would know right away that I was pregnant if I bought anything pregnancy related, but I could probably get away with making my own bulk herb blend. Such a great inspiration. I should actually be in the July DDC, but there isn't one yet. My due date is really July 5th, but I just wanted a place to chat.
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but is it okay to be drinking RRL tea all throughout pregnancy? I've heard to only drink it toward the end, and at my midwives' suggestion, drank it after about 36 weeks with my first pregnancy. But it it's going to be beneficial now, I'd want to start. What are the benefits/risks (if any), in early pregnancy? Thanks!
http://www.susunweed.com/Article_Pregnancy_Problems.htm <---- There's more than just RRL listed there..
RED RASPBERRY LEAVES (Rubus spp.)
Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry is the best known, most widely used, and safest of all uterine and pregnancy tonic herbs. It contains fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself.
Most of the benefits ascribed to regular use of Raspberry tea through pregnancy are traced to the nourishing source of vitamins and minerals found in this plant and to the strengthening power of fragrine - an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. Of special note are the rich concentration of vitamin C, the presence of vitamin E and the easily assimilated calcium and iron. Raspberry leaves also contain vitamins A and B complex and many minerals, including phosphorous and potassium.
The benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include:
~ Increasing fertility in both men and women. Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.
~ Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.
~ Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to raspberry leaves' gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.
~ Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.
~ Assisting in the production of plentiful breast milk. The high mineral content of Raspberry leaf assist in milk production, but its astringency may counter that for some women.
~ Providing a safe and speedy pariuntion. Raspberry leaf works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It does not strengthen contractions, but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively and so may make the birth easier and faster.
I make a blend of RRL, nettles, alfalfa, and oatstraw. It is perfectly safe to drink all throughout pregnancy or even when not pregnant. I do notice that my braxton hicks are stronger when I'm drinking it though. Which, can be concerning for some. Though I do not believe that RRL causes miscarriage.
Oh yes, I always forget about this book! I've never read it, but I sure would like too...I think I'll see if I can find it at our library.
I love having my herbs in bulk, when I run out of tea, I can always just whip up a new batch.
I do plan on ordering a nice big bulk stash from mountain rose herbs soon. However, I'm not going to risk it quite yet. I know most herbalists do not think that RRL can cause a miscarriage, but with my history, I'm staying away from anything that will make my uterus contract unnecessarily (sex, orgasm, heavy lifting, exercise.....etc).
How much would you ladies say to order if I plan to drink 1-2 cups/day in the second trimester, a quart a day in the 3rd trimester, and a strong infusion in the last 3-4 weeks? I realize it's going to be a ton of tea laying around in my freezer, but I'd like to order all at once. Maybe 2 or 3 lbs? Oh, and maybe some nettles, alfalfa, and oatstraw too
I haven't started yet, and I'm not certain if I will or not. My labors tend to go very fast (about 3 hours for each) and when I asked my midwife if I should be drinking it she laughed and said my uterus doesn't need any help. LOL. I certainly don't think I want to speed up my labor to be more intense than it typically is, but at the same time there are so many other health benefits...