If you are someone who suffers from intense period cramps, you are going to want to read this one.
For as long as I could remember I have always dreaded my period because of the intense pain it always came with. As someone who suffers from a hormonal imbalance and intense period cramps, I have always searched for something that would help subside the pain I endured. It was not just cramps I was trying to rid, it was the sharp, excruciating ache that stole a week of my life every month. It felt impossible to get out of bed even for a minute let alone go to work or school.
First I turned to Tylenol and Midol to try to help help relieve the pain I was feeling. However, after discovering I had elevated liver enzymes and discovering pain killers of any kind can contribute to disruption in the liver, I decided to turn to natural alternatives. To name a few, hot packs, gentle yoga, essential oils. Nothing helped.
After what felt like an eternity, a holistic nutritionist @angwholisticliving recommended me to try Raspberry Leaf Tea. With little expectations I tried and was astonished at what I found.
Raspberry leaf tea was incomparable to anything that I have ever tried. The week before my period was expected to arrive I tried one cup of Raspberry Leaf tea once a day. When my period did arrive I fixed myself a cup of the tea right away and to my surprise the cramps were subtle and manageable. When I felt the cramps getting stronger later on in the day I drank another cup and my cramps basically disappeared. I KNOW. I couldn’t believe it either. The week of my period instead of having one cup of tea, I was sure to consistently drink the tea every few hours and especially when I felt the cramps returning- and guess what? It worked and has worked every time.
What is Raspberry Leaf Tea?
Not to be confused with “Red Raspberry Tea”, Raspberry Leaf Tea is exactly what you would imagine it to be: the leaf from a red raspberry bush.
It is created by harvested raspberry leaves that are collected in the spring time, before the plants bloom. The leaves are then dried and are grinded to make a herbal tea blend. The taste resembles black tea and don’t be fooled it does not taste like raspberries.
Raspberry Leaf has been historically used by midwives and Western herbalists to support the health of the uterus. Raspberry leaf is filled with vitamins and minerals, tannins, flavonoids as well as many other compounds. It can also provide your body with antioxidants (specifically anthocyanin), anti inflammatory and antimicrobial activity. Traditionally Raspberry Leaf Tea has been used during and after pregnancy, to help relieve menstrual cramping, mild diarrhoea and inflammation.
*Please note: This blog was created for informational purposes only and is based on my own personal experience. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. It is always best to speak to your doctor before incorporating any new remedies.