Saturday, November 04, 2006

Red Raspberry Leaf is a Pregnancy Wonder Herb

During pregnancy there are many different stages that the body goes through. During each trimester there are many diverse changes within the body, affecting how a person feels. Some herbs are useful during some stages of the pregnancy, and others are are useful during another. But there are few herbs that have wonderful effects on the body during most stages of pregnancy.

As mentioned in one of our previous articles, Overall Health and Natural Foods, certain herbs and foods have a beneficial effect on specific areas of the body. Red raspberry leaf is no exception, it is a tonic herb that has beneficial properties working specifically on the pelvic region, and most specifically the female reproductive system. During pregnancy, it can help tone the uterus and prepare the muscles for childbirth. The herb has been used for thousands of years, and known in many countries around the world for it's ability to ease some of the discomforts during the pregnancy. Since it can help facilitate the childbirth process, it should be used with caution, and your physician should be contacted prior to using the herb. However, red raspberry leaf is considered generally safe to take, and is not generally considered an herb that induces labor.

Red raspberry leaf is a wonderful herb, suitable for uses other than pregnancy, with many healing properties for all types of people. For instance, the tannins in the tea (one teaspoon per eight ounces of boiled water) act as an astringent, an anti-diarrheal, and soothes intestinal inflammation. The leaves are high in vitamins A, C, E, and some B complex vitamins, in addition to calcium, phosphorus, potassium. The calcium in red raspberry leaves is easily assimilated (absorbed by the body), making it a great dietary suppliment for those who are seeking substitutions for the calcium in milk. Red raspberry helpful in aiding sore throats, canker sores, astringent for cleansing wounds, burns and scalds, laxative (as a cold infusion), and stomach aches. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other herbs. Enjoy a cup of warm tea before bedtime for relaxation. Red raspberry leaf tea is great by itself, but if you feel the need to sweeten, try honey instead of sugar. Sugar can destroy some of the natural properties of herbs as well as prevent proper absorption. If you absolutely must use sugar, go with raw instead of bleached sugar.

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