Regulate Hormones with Raspberry Leaf Tea

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Women are vulnerable to hormonal imbalances during their reproductive age and beyond. Menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are all affected and regulated by hormones (estrogen and progesterone). Amenorrhea (lack of menstruation), miscarriage and certain medical conditions including osteoporosis, can develop when these hormones go wild and become unregulated. While Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can help women with these problems, why not try a more natural solution like raspberry leaf tea. It's inexpensive and it works; perhaps even better than conventional prescriptions, for raspberry leaf tea doesn't have the side effects that accompany the usual Hormone Replacement Therapies.

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Raspberry leaves best illustrates that often herbs are more effective as a remedy for various for ailments, than conventional medicine. It is known as the 'Queen Herb' for its use in treating health problems concerning the female reproductive system. For thousands of years, the leaves of raspberry have been used to deal with many of the reproductive issues a woman might experience, from puberty to menopause. During a woman's menstrual cycle, raspberry leaf tea alleviates menstrual cramps. It is improves fertility, tones the uterus and strengthens the pelvic muscles during pregnancy and delivery, and reduces hot flashes during menopause.

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When the Hormones Become Out-of-Sync in a Woman's Body

  1. 1
    Estrogen.
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    If you are on the heavy side, you may have an abnormal level of estrogen. The fat cells are producing the extra hormones in the body. Women with too much estrogen have higher risks of developing breast and uterine cancers. On the other hand, when the estrogen level drops down as a consequence of menopause, several side effects arrise, ranging from hot flashes to migraines and painful joints.
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    Testosterone.
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    After menopause, the ovaries and adrenal glands slacken their function in producing sex hormones. The decrease in testosterone explains why many menopausal women lose their sex drive during this period. However, there is a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that causes the production of excessive testosterone accompanied by irregular menstruation, falling hair, and deepening voice in a woman.
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  3. 3
    Melatonin.
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    As the body ages, it tends to produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for updating the body clock. Old people suffer from this condition, which explains their trouble sleeping, which can lead to depression.
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  4. 4
    Ghrelin and Leptin.
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    If you keep missing your meals, it's probably due to the low level of ghrelin and leptin in the body. Ghrelin is the hormone that signals the brain you're hungry, while leptin tells the brain you have enough food in the stomach. When these two do not function properly, you'll be unable to recognize when you're full, and thus you tend to overeat.
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  5. 5
    Thyroid Hormone.
    Hypothyroidism affects one in 10 women. It is a condition characterized by a deficiency in thyroid hormones that regulate the rate for burning calories, resulting in obesity, depression and fatigue. Its opposite, hyperthyroidism, produces too much thyroid hormone, causing a woman to experience profuse sweating, rapid heartbeat, and diarrhea.
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    Aldosterone.
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    This hormone maintains the sodium to water ratio in the body. It is triggered to go awry when artery stenosis afflicts a woman. During this condition, the vessels supplying blood to the kidneys become narrow, causing blood pressure to rise.
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    Cortisol.
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    This hormone helps the body to cope with too much pressure by providing it with an instant dose of energy. However, a woman with chronic stress has a higher cortisol level. If this persists, the hormone can overpower the immune system and can result in increased abdominal fat.
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While hormonal imbalance seems to be a health problem associated with the female constitution, there's a simple way for women to fight back. These hormones subtly do their work to cause several feminine discomforts. All it takes for a woman is to optimize the potency of her best friend among the herbs – Raspberry Leaves.

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A Powerhouse of Nutrients

A single leaf of raspberry contains the following vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Linoleic Acids
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Selenium
  • Silicon
  • Sulfur
  • Carotenoids
  • Citric Acid
  • Fragrine
  • Pectin
  • Tannins

Not to be underestimated, raspberry is a potent ingredient that can ease morning sickness, regulate menstrual cycle, prevent miscarriage, energize the body, relax the muscles, induce easy labor, lessen hemorrhage, boost milk production, and reduce stress.

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Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipes for Regulating Hormones

Raspberry Infusion

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    Scoop ½ cup of dried raspberry leaves into a glass mason jar.
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    Pour in enough boiling water.
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    Put the lid on.
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    Allow the solution to steep for at least 12 hours, then strain.
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    Add raw honey as sweetener.
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    Drink the infusion before going to bed for a restful sleep, or any time of the day to soothe the body.
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Raspberry Leaf Brew

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  1. 1
    Put 1 tsp.
    to 1 tbsp. of raspberry leaf in a clean container with lid.
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    Pour 8 ounces of boiling water.
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    Cover the container while steeping the brew for at least 10 minutes.
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    Drink like regular tea.
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To make a gallon of raspberry leaf brew:

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    Scoop ¾ to one cup of raspberry into a gallon-sized container.
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    Pour in boiling water.
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    Cover with lid.
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    Leave overnight to steep.
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    Use a strainer to filter the particles before drinking the strong brew.
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Raspberry Leaf Iced Tea

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You'll need:

  • 2 tbsp. or 2 tea bags of dried raspberry leaves (a handful of fresh leaves may also be used)
  • 2 tea bags of your favorite fruit herbal tea
  • 2 quarts boiling water

To make, pour boiling water over the herbs. Cover the container and steep for one hour. Place in the refrigerator to chill. Drink as it is or you may add in ½ teaspoon of fresh apple juice.

Raspberry Leaf Tea for Pregnant Women

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You'll need:

  • 8 tbsp. loose red raspberry leaf tea, preferably
  • 8 cups water
  • Organic honey
  • Orange essential oil, or fresh orange juice
  • Large pan with cover
  • Glass pitcher
  • Strainer, to fit the pitcher

Procedure:

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    Boil 8 cups of water in a large pan.
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    Turn off the heat then add the red raspberry leaf tea to the hot water.
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    Stir briefly and cover the pan.
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    Steep the solution for 1-2 hours.
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    Place the strainer on top of the glass pitcher, then pour the mixture, straining out particles.
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    Squeeze the liquid out from the tea leaves into the pitcher.
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    Add honey to sweeten.
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    Place in the refrigerator to chill.
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    Once it is cold, pour some into a glass and add a few drops of orange essential oil.
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Raspberry Leaf Tea after Childbirth

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Ingredients:

  • 8 parts red raspberry leaves
  • 3 parts peppermint, or fenugreek, if you're breastfeeding
  • 3 parts alfalfa
  • 2 parts nettle leaves

To make a cup of tea, pour boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of the combined ingredients. Cover for 10 minutes to steep the mixture. Strain before drinking. Add natural sweetener, if desired.

To make a gallon of raspberry leaf tea, scoop ½ cup leaves of all the ingredients onto a container. Pour in 4 cups of water then cover. Let steep for about 4 hours. Strain the leaves before making a glass of cold tea for yourself.

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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Unlike caffeinated teas requiring only about 5 minutes for steeping, red raspberry tea takes 10-15 minutes or longer to enjoy its flavor and health benefits. While this gives you a stronger tea, you run the risk of over-brewing it. A better option is to increase the number of tea bags for steeping into the same amount of water.
  • If you're diabetic or hypoglycemic, consult your doctor before using raspberry leaf tea to regulate hormones.
  • To add some extra kick to your raspberry iced tea, add a few drops of your favorite fruit juice.
  • You can also use red raspberry leaf tea as liquid base for your fruit smoothies.
  • Do not use any metal containers to store the tea in. You can boil the water in a metal pot/pan, but keep the tea away from anything metal. Best bet is a teapot with an infuser (non-metalic).
  • Do not store already made herbal teas for longer than 24 hours, even in the fridge.

Questions and Answers

Does red raspberry leaf tea make you hungry?

I was just wondering if red raspberry leaf tea could make one very hungry. I have been drinking for months without problem but I feel more hungry today and can't explain why.

No, red raspberry leaf tea will not make you hungry. There's nothing in the leaves that would cause hunger, so if you're feeling hungry, you might actually be hungry.

Hi, I have irregular periods. The doctor said it might be PCOS as I also can't seem to get pregnant. Will red raspberry leaf herb help? Also does it really help tighten and tone my cervix so I don't need a stitch to keep my pregnancies as I had to get one 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my son?

Basically will it help; 1. Reverse pcos. 2. Help Me Get Pregnant. 3. Help Heal A Weak Cervix.

Thanks in advance

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Can drinking red raspberry leaf tea make you depressed and/or lethargic?

I started drinking red raspberry leaf tea because I read it was good for fertility and I am trying to get pregnant. I suddenly began to experience depression, hot flashes and lethargy. Can it be the tea?

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Can drinking Raspberry leaf tea balance abnormally low estrogen and high testosterone in ladies?

My doctor said that there is a chance I will be infertile and that the male hormone is higher than average. What can I do to increase chances of fertility? I have tried: I tried fennel seed, fenugreek, birth control, and other things I can't remember. I think it was caused by: I thought it was polycystic ovary syndrome. I checked with my doctor and they said I don't have the symptoms like hair loss, facial hair growth and deeper voice. The only symptoms I have are irregular period, imbalanced hormones and a chance of infertility. I'm not trying to have a baby because I'm young but I would like to in the future.

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