Wow. What can I say about Raspberry Leaf? This is some herb! Not only is it good for stimulating the uterus of heavily pregnant women to cause contractions, but it is also amazing for period pain!
In 37 AD, the beneficial properties of raspberry leaves were first recorded by the Roman historian, Pliny.
In 1941, British scientists discovered that raspberry leaves contain a compound (called oligomeric procyanidin, or OPC) that relaxes the uterus. Since then,raspberry leaf tea has been used to treat cramps and the uterine irritability of pregnancy. In one study, half the women who took OPC ( 200 mg/day) for two months experienced noticeable relief from period pain.
The herb is widely recommended by midwives, with studies among both American and Australian midwives, suggesting that it may shorten and ease labour.
It is also packed with iron, is a natural antibiotic and a digestive!
Right – off to have a cup of Ready Mama!