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According to Wikipedia,
"The red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus), also known as garden raspberry leaf, is a pale-green leaf produced by the raspberry plant; an upright shrub with perennialroots and prickly, biennial canes. The leaf has been used in folk remedies, due to its rich content in vitamins, minerals, and tannins."Worth a shot, right?
Since I'm doing "No Pay May," I decided I would try to make some myself instead of buying this stuff that I see in the health food store:
I have a few small raspberry plants and decided to start there. While I've read that dried leaves are better (not sure why), my period already started and I was hurting (plus I'm not very patient when I am wanting to try something fun)! So Monday night I went out to the garden, plucked a few leaves off the red raspberry bush and steeped a handful. Within an hour my cramps had eased and I did not have to take ibuprofen. Weird.
Tuesday morning - Typically my heaviest and most painful day, I did the same and my cramps were held held at bay and I still didn't need to take ibuprofen to get through the work day (Ibuprofen has been linked to liver damage among other things, so I try not to take it unless nothing else is helping). Hmmm, could it be the placebo effect?
Wednesday - I noticed the past few days my bleeding has been lighter than usual. Started cramping a bit this morning. Made some more tea. Cramps were mild enough that I didn't need ibuprofen.
Wednesday afternoon - cramps were a little stronger. Made another cup using the old leaves. - an hour later they were pretty much gone. Hmmmm...
Today is Thursday, and I'm at the tail end of my period. My period was significantly lighter, and I did not have to take ibuprofen for cramps (probably the first time since I started my period at age 13 that I have not use ibuprofen).
Other things that I have done that could be affecting the outcome here is that I begun to take iron, Vitamin D, and B Vitamins consistently about a week ago. The brain is also very powerful, and it could be a combined mental effect of placebo and having a soothing tea. Who knows?
Bottom Line: I'll be harvesting more leaves to dry and make the tea the "right" way for next month. To me this was a successful frugal experiment!
Have you had success with red raspberry tea? Have you made it yourself? Have you tried making any other kinds of tea?
*I am not, nor do I claim to be a healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice on your particular situation.
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