Red raspberry leaf tea is a herb that contains an alkaloid called fragrance. Some people refer to red raspberry tea leaf as the “woman’s herb.”

Widely grown in Europe and Asia, the red raspberry plant bears extremely sweet, delicious, and nutritious berries. Apart from using its berries for various purposes, the leaves of the red raspberry plant pack beneficial nutrients and can be made into herbal tea for medicinal purposes. From time immemorial, its leaves have been used to induce labor and treat other health problems. Is the use of red raspberry leaf tea safe for pregnant women? When should you start using it? Does it have other health benefits? Keep reading to find out more.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is An Excellent Source of Nutrients and Antioxidants

Same to its berries, red raspberry leaves are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Apart from providing powerful antioxidants, red raspberry leaves pack B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. Specifically, red raspberry leaves contain leaves are rich in polyphenol antioxidants such as tannins and flavonoids. These antioxidants may help protect the body against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Additionally, decent amounts of ellagic acids are also contained in the leaves of the red raspberry plant. They may help reduce the growth, multiplication, and spread of cancer cells.

May Benefit Women

The use of red raspberry leaf tea has been highly acknowledged in pregnant women. Nevertheless, it appears that it can benefit even non-pregnant women. Scientist believes that drinking red raspberry leaf tea can help lessen premenstrual symptoms which are usually characterized by nausea, vomiting, cramping, and diarrhea. You can try sipping on the herbal tea of red raspberry leaves to relieve the discomforts that come with the menstrual cycle. Iron content in raspberry leaf tea is also adequate to help combat anemia associated with heavy bleeding during menstruation.

Red Raspberry Lea Tea and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a great achievement, and many women would like to achieve it as a goal. To keep your baby growing healthily to term, a lot of safety precautions need to be undertaken, including avoiding some drugs and herbs. Red raspberry leaf tea, however, has been sown to be safe during pregnancy. It has long been used to induce labor. It falls under herbal teas that midwives have used over a long period to relieve negative symptoms of pregnancy and labor.

Researchers have indicated that using red raspberry leaf tea regularly in pregnancy may lessen the chances of delivering prematurely or overdue. It has also been established that using this herb can likely reduce the risk of premature rupture of membranes or difficult deliveries like cesarean section, vacuum birth, and forceps. Some women have even used red raspberry leaf tea in the first trimester of pregnancy to relieve minor complications like nausea and vomiting. Ideally, the use of this magical leaf is highly recommended during the second and third trimesters. What’s more, this herbal tea may help pregnant women have a better outcome of labor and prevent postpartum hemorrhage – excess bleeding that occurs after childbirth warranting up to 500 ml of blood loss.

May Help Improve and Shorten Labor

Prolonged labor can have severe outcomes on both the mother and her baby. Midwives have used red raspberry leaf herbal tea to help shorten labor. Many women have also acknowledged its effectiveness in shortening labor. This herbal tea contains fragrance. This compound is believed to help contract and relax the pelvic muscles, including the uterine walls. So doing, red raspberry leaf tea makes delivery easy and better. If consumed regularly in the last bit of pregnancy, it may help shorten the first stage of labor.

May Help Reduce Complications of Childbearing

Complications associated with childbirth, such as perineal tear and postpartum hemorrhage maybe compromise a mother’s health and even attract infections. Consumption of red raspberry leaf tea may result in safe delivery with very few complications. Similarly, drinking red raspberry leaf tea in the later stages of pregnancy may reduce the risk of forceps delivery and other interventions. The American Pregnancy Association states that drinking red raspberry leaf tea can also reduce the amount of blood lost during the fourth stage of labor and the puerperal period.

Other benefits of drinking red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy include:

  • Increasing blood mineral level helps increase the production of quality milk.
  • Reducing depression and anxiety during puerperium by balancing hormones.
  • Strengthens the amniotic sac.
  • Reduce morning sickness, which is common in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Appropriate Time To Use Red Raspberry Leaf Tea During Pregnancy

Since red raspberry leaf teas is a herb, it is good to talk to your midwife before you can begin using it. But as mentioned earlier, the use of red raspberry leaf tea is notrecommended in the early stages of pregnancy. Midwives usually pioneer for its use in the second and third trimesters. Red raspberry leaf tea tones the uterine muscle as well as activating muscles in the pelvic area. Therefore, using it earlier may increase the risk of premature labor. For the best outcome of labor, it is best to wait until the third trimester to start using this herb. It is worth noting that the response to red raspberry leaf tea differs from one woman to another. You, therefore, need to make adjustments according to how you respond to it.

How Much of this Herb Can You Drink?

Once your midwife has approved your use of red raspberry leaf tea, you may need to begin with one cup every day. It may help if you start in the second trimester of your pregnancy. Look out for any systemic reaction or uterine cramping. If there is none, again, consult with your midwife about adjusting your intake to two cups and keep looking out for uterine cramping.


Red raspberry leaf tea is a herbal drink popular among pregnant women. It contains fragrance, which is a compound active on the uterine wall and pelvic floor muscles. Drinking red raspberry leaf tea may thus help shorten labor, reduce complications of labor, and reduce the risk of anemia during the menstrual cycle.

Charlotte Cremers
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MS, University of Tartu
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Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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