Spiced Raspberry Leaf Tea

Written by Cooking Naturally Editors on March 6th, 2011

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Of all the teas out there, one of my favorites is raspberry leaf tea because of its many health benefits.   According to Paul Pitchford’s Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, raspberry leaf “strengths the uterus, checks excessive menstrual flow, and restrains bleeding in general; it is of exceptional benefit for tonifying the uterus and supporting optimum hormonal patterns during pregnancy.”

If raspberry leaf isn’t exactly your cup of tea, try steeping the leaves in white grape juice, or apple juice.  Want something a little more aromatic?  This flavored version is sweetly pungent with a pleasant aftertaste:

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1 T. loose raspberry leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3-5 cloves
  • generous 1/8 t. ground cinnamon
  • scant 1/8 t. ground ginger
  • scant 1/8 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 t. agave nectar
  • dash of salt

Directions:

  1. Place cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg into a tea bag (coffee filters work great, too).  Add raspberry leaves, bay leaf, cloves and tea bag to boiling water.  Allow to steep for about 5 minutes.
  2. Strain tea; add agave and salt to taste.  Stir well and enjoy!

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