Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (4 oz)
Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) are popular red berries that are native to Europe and parts of Asia. It’s the leaf of the plant that is used to make the herbal tea of the same name.
The tea can be purchased loose as leaves, in tea bags (check the product is made from 100% leaves) or in tablet form. Alternatively, you can make your own infusion using dried raspberry leaves. The astringency of the leaves produces a tea similar in taste to black tea, although commercial blends often combine the leaf with a sweeter tasting herb, such as fresh mint.
Raspberry leaves contain B group vitamins and vitamins C and E, as well as the minerals calcium, magnesium and zinc. The leaves are also a source of protective plant compounds such as bioflavonoids and tannins. The herbal infusion is caffeine free.
Potential health benefits of red raspberry leaf tea:
*Loaded with antioxidants
*May have anti-inflammatory properties
*May improve gum disease
*May provide relief from morning sickness
*May offer digestive support
*May alleviate inflammatory conditions
Caution: It may negatively interact with heart medications. Be sure to speak with a healthcare professional before taking it as a supplement.
How to make raspberry tea:
- Bring water to the boil in a small pan and allow to cool slightly. Add 2 tbsp dried raspberry leaves, cover and steep for 15-30 minutes.
- Strain tea if you don't have a tea trainer to put the leaves in for steeping.
- After tea has cooled, you can drink it as is, or add lemon, key lime or desired sweetener of your choice.