Raspberry leaf tea: delicious hot or cold
Raspberry leaf tea is well known for its use as a herbal treatment during pregnancy, but it also possesses plenty of other benefits.
The red raspberry plant is found in Europe, as well as some areas of Asia, and its fruit has been used in cooking for centuries. However, many people may not know that its leaves are packed with nutrients and is used as a tea and herbal remedy.
What are the health benefits?
Mums probably know that raspberry leaf tea contains fragarine which is thought to help tone the muscles of the uterus in women, which can help during labour.
Although there has been little research to back this up, the theory is that drinking the herbal tea could help labour progress at a steady pace. Please note that pregnant women should consult a medical professional before trying any herbal remedy.
What we do know is that raspberry leaves are a good source of nutrients and antioxidants. For example, there are vitamins B and C plus minerals such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and iron.
Antioxidants include polyphenols like tannins and flavonoids, which protect your body’s cells from damage, plus ellagic acids.
Taste and brewing
Raspberry leaf is a popular caffeine-free tea substitute to normal and coffee, and has a rich, fruity aroma and flavour. The tea is green in colour, not red.
To make a mug of tea, simply add a couple of grams of loose-leaf raspberry tea to a teapot or infuser and add boiling water. Leave to infuse to suit your personal taste. Strain the tea into a mug and sweeten with sugar or honey. Do not add milk.
In summer, you can also serve the tea chilled, just like other ice teas.
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