Young leaves of raspberry harvested and dried in farms in Bulgaria in the spring before the flowers start to emerge. They are also known as hindberry leaf or European Red Raspberry Leaf .
Upon being brewed, it yields a golden yellow infusion which is a delicious mild tasting tea without the bitterness. It has grassy and woodsy notes, quite reminiscent of some oolongs.
Raspberry leaves can be enjoyed either as a hot infusion or cooled down to make an iced tea.
This tea is traditionally used as an aid in the reproductive health of women but should NOT be used during the first trimester of pregnancy. In alternative medicine, practitioners and midwives recommend drinking this tea just before and during labour in order to induce contractions and speed the delivery process.
Red Raspberry is the best single herb that is suggested for total uterine health. It is high in many nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin C.
Red Raspberry is also an excellent source of an alkaloid called fragrine, which tones the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. This is said to reduce cramps, decrease heavy cycles, and help with PMS.
Pure Dried leaves of Raspberry (Rubus iadeus)
Steep 1 tsp per cup for 4-6 mins in 95-100° C water