Hi! Infusions are more potent and I am trying them this time. Its best to work up slowly on the amount of red raspberry you use. Starting at 18-20 weeks is a good time to start. Infusions (Susan Weed Style) steep or let red raspberry sit in the water for at least 4 hours, then strain.
This pregnancy, I have started at 18 weeks or so more seriously and off and on, gradually have increased my red raspberry leaf to how much I use. A good goal is to be drinking 4 Tablespoons or 1/4 cup rounding red raspberry leaf steeped in 1 cup or more of water for 4 hours by 27 weeks. You can start off with 1 Tablespoon and gradually move up. If you want to experience the most results from red raspberry leaf, Consistent, daily or 5 days per week drinking infusions in the last trimster is a good idea. My goal is to hopefully God willing gradually move up to 8 rounding Tablespoons or 1/2 cup rounding Red Raspberry in 2 cups plus water by 32 weeks.
Another good goal is to go to 1 cup rounding Red Raspberry by 36-37 weeks in 1 quart of water steep 4 hours or overnight. The labor infusion is 1 cup rounding in 2 cups water 30 minutes. I read of one person on here that made the labor infusion several? times after 37 weeks when she had prodomol labor, when she actually went into labor, her labor was 45 minutes she said!
You can always water it down before you drink it, the main thing is that you consume it consistently, and in the proper amount. Some women will drink double the dosages I wrote about (the 1/4 and 1/2 cup) and get along great, These are more conservative. Another great thing that I do, is to drink the infusion just before going to sleep. It seems to help me get to sleep faster and my fasting blood sugars are lower!
A midwife did a small study on 4 pregnant women, they drank 2 cups of infusion (some where around 1/2 cup rounding or more red raspberry leaf) in the 3rd trimester. When they went into labor, they drank double the amount, and then had a bunch to sip on during labor also? All of the women had a short labor 3-4 hour births
It is best to get fresh red raspberry leaf. Storing it for a year is the max. recomended time.
amazon.com, vitacost.com, or iherb.com is a really good place to get it. Type in Starwest Botanticals Red Raspberry Leaf in the search bar, OR Frontier Red Raspberry Leaf. I use the Frontier.
heres a quick reference of what I did above
***good time to start 18-20 weeks work up to 4 heaping rounding Tablespoons by 27 weeks in 1 cup or more of water.
***daily or 5 days a week to get best results
***steeping time 4 hours
***work up to 1/2 cup rounding or 8 Tablespoons Red Raspberry by 32 weeks or before in 2 cups or more of water
optional but a good goal...
***36-37 weeks 1 cup rounding red raspberry in 1 quart of water 4 hours or overnight
*** 1 cup rounding red raspberry in 2 cups water 30 minutes
Edited by herbsgirl - 11/19/12 at 6:32am