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anjasma's Avatar anjasma 11:15 PM 10-15-2007
So, after buying a box of raspberry leaf tea I got to wondering if the lush patch of raspberries I have growing in the back yard could be dried into tea. Does anyone know if it has to be a specific type of raspberry plant to do the trick?

Thanks,
anja's ma

mommyminer's Avatar mommyminer 12:21 AM 10-16-2007
I owned a birth video once that interweaved the benefits of RRL tea into the narrative. I think I got it from Compleat Mother. Now I haven't had that magazine for 5+ yrs and I can't remember anything ab the harvest, but maybe you could check in that direction.
mama_tigress's Avatar mama_tigress 07:58 AM 10-16-2007
hmm, I thought it was beneficial later in pregnancy, but not earlier?
I probably don't know what I'm talking about

it would be really cool if you could make your own tea!
anjasma's Avatar anjasma 12:09 PM 10-16-2007
There are some conflicting theories about the safety of raspberry leaf tea in the first trimester, though some say it is a mc preventer. My main reason for asking the question now though is that we are going to have a hard frost here any time, and I thought I would pick all the green leaves that are out there before that happens. I did a little poking around on the internet, and it looks like I can make my own, so I'm off to raid the raspberry patch!
R8chel's Avatar R8chel 02:04 PM 10-16-2007
I think there's a difference between "raspberry tea" and "red raspberry LEAF tea". Raspberry tea is just the berries/juice whatever dried into tea and the LEAF tea is the actual leaves-not the berries. I don't think it even tastes like raspberries. JMO.
anjasma's Avatar anjasma 06:27 PM 10-16-2007
I think there's a difference between "raspberry tea" and "red raspberry LEAF tea". Raspberry tea is just the berries/juice whatever dried into tea and the LEAF tea is the actual leaves-not the berries. I don't think it even tastes like raspberries. JMO.

Yes that's true. Raspberry tea usually has other ingredients like hibiscus and tastes very sort of fruity. Raspberry Leaf tea however does not taste particularly good. It's medicinal though, and known for "toning" the uterus.

anja's ma
Chic_Mama's Avatar Chic_Mama 06:32 PM 10-16-2007
All I know is it helped me go into labor with my first when my DOc was threatening and induction- makes me nervous to try too early in pregnancy, but I am really not very knowledgable about it.
newlywaaz's Avatar newlywaaz 03:31 PM 10-17-2007
my mom brought some red raspberry leaves to me all the way across the country when I was pg with my first. I had to mix it half and half with store bought raspberry tea (said "leaf" in the title, but it was pretty far down on the list of ingredients) in order for it to be palatable. So yes, you can make your own and it's a lot more beneficial that way, but doesn't taste very good. My mom dried her leaves in a food dehydrator, fwiw.
mommyminer's Avatar mommyminer 07:27 PM 10-17-2007
RRLT does not cause you to go into labor - if you went into labor after drinking it, it was a happy coincidence. RRLT is a smooth muscle toner - the uterus is a smooth muscle. RRLT has a ton of great easily digested vitamens and minerals - a good reason to drink it any time.

As far as its safety during the 1st tri - I've read so many different things. I definately wouldn't drink it in the 1st tri if I had ever miscarried before. I personally prefer caffienated tea during the 1st tri (right now my fav is green tea). It gives me a little perk and is good for me. I only have 1-2 cups a day though.
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