We are happy to offer: Raspberry Leaf Tea. http://theuklooseleafteacompany.co.uk/products/raspberry-leaf-tea
Latin Name: Rubus idaeus syn. Rubus idaeus hortensis. Plant Family: Rosaceae Other Names: Garden Raspberry, European Red Raspberry, Respis, Raspbis, Hindberry, Bramble of Mount Ida, Gentler Berry, Framboise, Hindebar, Braamboss, Hindbur, Hindbeer
Description: The raspberry is a deciduous shrub that grows from perennial branching rhizomes, native to Europe and Asia; it can also be found growing in many temperate regions of the world including the United States. It grows to height of 1-2 metres and has woody; thorny stems also known as canes which are biennial. In the first year the stems grow to its full height and produces no side shoots only leaves which are 5-20cm in length pinnate and compound with 5-7 leaflets, each leaflet 3-10cm in length. In the second year the stem does not grow any taller but instead puts out side shoots from which smaller leaves grow. The flowers form in the leaf axils and at the ends of the stem, they are small about 1cm in diameter and comprised of 5 white petals and 5 green sepals.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that raspberry leaf tea was once used as a remedy for people suffering from mild cases of diarrhoea? The leaves are rather astringent, which is part of the reason they were used for this purpose back then. Raspberry leaves were viewed as a women’s medicine in the early 19th century and were often given to women who were in labour to help reduce their painful contractions. Extracts obtained from raspberry leaves were also used to clean wounds and were used to treat cankerous sores.
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Raspberry leaf tea is a pleasant caffeine free tea substitute which has a rich, green, mild, fruity aroma and flavour. To make a mug of tea add 1-2g of the tea to a teapot or infuser - depending on how strong you like your tea – and pour over enough fresh boiling water as required. Strain into a mug, sweeten with preferred sweetener e.g. honey and serve. Serve without milk, the tea can also be served chilled like ice tea. Raspberry leaf tea can be added to creams, lotions and balms for the skin where astringency is required, and can help to tone and firm the skin, it can also be used to fragrance shampoos, soaps and bathing products and to temporary darken the hair in a similar way to rosemary and sage.
Warning: This tea should be used with care during pregnancy.