One of my all-time favorite foods has always been raspberries. Mmmmm. It started early for me because the home I lived at until I was 12 years old was bordered by a large woods & it was filled with raspberry briars & mulberry trees! Oh . . . it was Berry Heaven!
So, when my quest to live a healthier lifestyle began several years ago, it was no surprise to me to find out that raspberries were good for you ~ especially for women. My only surprise was to find out HOW good they are for you.
Not only is it good for the whole family, but most especially, red raspberry leaf is good for pregnancy, childbirth/labor & breastfeeding moms.
According to the book "Be Your Own 'Doctor'", red raspberry helps with:
- easing morning sickness for pregnant women
- relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus when it is contracting
- assists with the birth of the baby & the placenta
- calms uterine cramping during the menstrual cycle
- provides a rich source of iron, calcium, manganese & magnesium; Magnesium helps to strengthen the uterine muscle
- aids in fertility for BOTH men & women
- promotes a rich, plentiful supply of breast milk
- stops excess bleeding after birth
- treats diarrhea
- regulates irregular menstrual cycles & decreases heavy periods
- relieves sore throats
- reduces fever & fights the flu
It can even help with teen-age acne by drinking 1 or more cups a day during a break-out!
Here's another plus: the late Dr. John Christopher recommended a red raspberry "flu" tea to rid &/or shorten the duration of a nasty cold or flu ~ both head & stomach flues. You can also drink this tea a an immune-booster to prevent colds & flu.
And, in case you are interested, here's 1 of my favorite red raspberry tea recipes:
~ 1/2 c. red raspberry leaves