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So for those of you who are mixing in nettles, how much of that do you use? And if you make an infusion that you steep overnight, how do you heat it up, if you do? I enjoy drinking hot tea, but I worry that microwaving it would zap it's medicinal properties. Stovetop?
 

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I made my own mix with loose herbs. So RRL, alfalfa, nettle and mint. I like it it just taste minty. I drink 2 cups but i'm starting my third trimester this week, so I'll have to think about adding another cup. But I was wondering, since the herbs are mixed do I have to drink more to get the benefits of the RRL? And also for the labor infusion should I just do the RRL?
 

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I would probably just add in more RRL. Although nettles is really good for you too, so it wouldn't hurt to increase that as well!<br><br>
For the labour infusion, it's usually just RRL- but again, nettles is good for you so it wouldn't hurt.
 

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I have been drinking it on & off since the 2nd trimester started. I normally drink it year round, iced with agave...I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> RRL. I buy mine in bulk from Frontier organics. It was around $10 for a pound.<br><br>
I have long labors & tons of bleeding after each birth, so I drink it because I am so sick of water at this point.
 

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I didn't see if anyone answered the how much rrl tea to drink. My midwife said at least one cup a day when I asked. I mentioned I loved tea and worried about drinking too much of it, but she said that wasn't a problem.
 

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I have a question about the effects of the tea. I swear it gives me a buzz similar to but less pleasant than caffeine. Is this possible?<br><br>
I feel like my heart races after I drink it and I feel kind of shaky. I'm just doing the tea bag kind and letting it steep for about 15 minutes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't see if anyone answered the how much rrl tea to drink. My midwife said at least one cup a day when I asked. I mentioned I loved tea and worried about drinking too much of it, but she said that wasn't a problem.</div>
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<a href="http://www.mothering.com/pregnancy-birth/raspberry-leaf-tea" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/pregnancy-b...berry-leaf-tea</a><br><br>
It said to drink 1 cup a day in 2nd trimester & 3 cups in 3rd trimester
 

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I used it last pregnancy and it did nothing for me. I tried an infusion to help jump start contractions after my water broke and nothing happened. Ended up projectile vomiting all over my kitchen right before leaving for the hospital. TMI I know, but it was an experience I won't forget nor try again.
 

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I have been brewing two parts RRL to one part nettle, plus either one mint tea bag or one fruity/berry tea bag. I am not hip on the taste of just the herbs. I would be putting alfalfa in there if I could find it. Aiming for about a quart a day (3ish cups) now that I am in the third trimester, probably more than that when I am a week or two out from my due date.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a question about the effects of the tea. I swear it gives me a buzz similar to but less pleasant than caffeine. Is this possible?<br><br>
I feel like my heart races after I drink it and I feel kind of shaky. I'm just doing the tea bag kind and letting it steep for about 15 minutes.</div>
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Are you sure you're really drinking "red raspberry leaf" tea and not just a raspberry flavored tea? I made that mistake initially. I went into a _tea shop_ and asked for it by name and they gave me raspberry flavored tea. The RRL has no caffeine, but the other does since it's made from a black tea.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't see if anyone answered the how much rrl tea to drink. My midwife said at least one cup a day when I asked. I mentioned I loved tea and worried about drinking too much of it, but she said that wasn't a problem.</div>
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From what I've read, avoid or 1 cup in first trimester, two cups in the second, three cups in the third.<br><br>
Then brew up a quart or two hot when you go into labor of pure RRL.<br><br>
Also, I make a tea that is 75% RRL and 25% nettles. Tastes great to me without any added sweeteners as both iced and hot.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have been brewing two parts RRL to one part nettle, plus either one mint tea bag or one fruity/berry tea bag. I am not hip on the taste of just the herbs. I would be putting alfalfa in there if I could find it. Aiming for about a quart a day (3ish cups) now that I am in the third trimester, probably more than that when I am a week or two out from my due date.</div>
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that's about what I've been doing. I was following the guidelines of 1tsp RRL to 1 cup water. So I boil up 8 c. water (since it will fit in my glass pitcher) and pour it over 10 tsp (3TBS +1tsp) RRL, 1.5 TBS alfalfa, 1.5 TBS nettle, and 2 teabags peppermint. I liked it fine unsweetened without the peppermint, but man the aftertaste was like I'd eaten grass. Not good! The peppermint overwhelms the grass aftertaste <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I also put a bit of fresh squeezed lemon and some honey, and I drink it cold. I haven't been feeling anything different physically, no crampiness or anything, I guess that's good right?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I used it last pregnancy and it did nothing for me. I tried an infusion to help jump start contractions after my water broke and nothing happened. Ended up projectile vomiting all over my kitchen right before leaving for the hospital. TMI I know, but it was an experience I won't forget nor try again.</div>
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I have never heard of it being used to jump-start labour, it is not what it does at all... it is used to prepare the Uterus and pelvic muscles so the are more efficient in labour and is used in labour and after to help replace vitamins lost during birth...<br><br>
It is also great to use when not pregnant, especially around menstruation.
 
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