Not only are your periods painful, to say the very least, they’re heavy and oh so long.
Month in, month out…
No wonder you feel drained; mentally, physically and emotionally. Not only do you have to prepare for them each month, like an endurance event, you then have to recover from them.
…And by the time you’re regaining your strength, oh here we go again.
I had a window of about a week where I felt strong. As a climber, I could really notice the difference throughout the month.
Climbing during (if possible) or straight after my period… I was like a wet noodle, but even a wet noodle could stick it better than I could.
That window prior to my period though… I was on it, pulling up on those crimps like they were jugs.
I reached the point where I could not let this monthly toll dictate my life anymore.
So, as ever, I turned to research and experiments…
My Favourite Herbal Remedy for a Shorter, Lighter (and less painful) Period
What I discovered was one particular herbal remedy that had a rather astounding effect.
…and that herbal remedy was raspberry leaf tea.
Raspberry leaf tea has long been used as a ‘women’s herb’ thanks to its ability to tone the uterine and pelvic muscles.
A toned uterus is more effective in contracting during labour, leading to a faster and easier birth.
Think of it this way – any toned muscle performs better than an untoned muscle.
Not only that, raspberry leaves also work as a relaxant.
You see where I’m going with this…
As endometriosis pain is often compared to that of labour contractions, raspberry leaf tea harmonises the muscular action of the uterus while also relaxing it, leading to fewer spasms in the first place. This is how it can ease the pain.
In short, a relaxed uterus is a happy uterus!
While there are different types of pain that forge what we all know and love as endometriosis, toning the uterus may at least relieve this type of pain.
Alternatively, if endometriosis has been ruled out and yet you still have unexplained period pain, toning and relaxing that uterus is a good place to start. See this post here for one reason you may be experiencing painful periods (coming soon).
Raspberry leaves are also a source of magnesium (the Wonder Women of muscle relaxants) and iron (which you need to replenish during bleeding), along with a host of vitamins and minerals including B complex.
…And as if raspberry leaves didn’t do enough already, they also help to detoxify the body of excess hormones, just what you need for rebalancing your cycle!
My Before & After Results
The first time I used raspberry leaf tea, my period shrank from 7-8 days to three.
The flow was much lighter too and with zero bleeding at nighttime.
While I found that I didn’t need to drink raspberry tea religiously to get these results (at least a few days prior to my period and during it), I have added it to my daily morning routine (within a special endometriosis tea mix) to tone, nourish, relax and cleanse.
Fresh, Dried or Blends?
I purchase dried raspberry leaves rather than raspberry leaf tea bags. You may find a good brand of tea, though I prefer loose raspberry leaf for the following reasons:
- Herbs bought from a herbalist are generally more potent.
- The quantity of raspberry leaf in tea bags may not be very high. You can experiment with different quantities of leaf much easier – as opposed to stuffing multiple tea bags into your mug.
- Dried raspberry leaves are cheaper than tea blends.
- A packaged tea can contain undesirable ingredients such as caffeine (not what you want when trying to relax) and bleach from the tea bags (yikes).
- You can make up your own concoctions by adding other herbs and spices to your infuser.
If you have a source of fresh raspberry leaves, you can certainly use those. Ideally, pick leaves daily during the growing season, otherwise, fresh leaves can be stored for up to 5 days. To prepare for out of season, you can pick as many leaves as you can and dry them yourself.
How To Use Rasberry Leaf Tea
- Fresh or dried raspberry leaves
- Optional: A tea blend, such as the one my medical herbalist recommended for endometriosis, or a caffeine-free herbal tea you like the flavour of such as rooibos. Otherwise, drink as is (delicate and sweet flavoured) or enhance with honey, lemon juice or other herbs or spices like fresh ginger root.
- Take a good couple pinches of dried raspberry leaf and drop into your tea maker or infuser. If using fresh leaves, you will need to clean them and then tear, cut or grind the leaves to help release the properties.
- Add in extra flavour or herbs as you like.
- Pour the hot water in.
- Let this steep for at least 5 minutes. Ideally, a few minutes longer if still hot. (The hot water draws out the properties, so it needs to sit.)
So there we have it, raspberry leaves, mother nature’s mercy.
I hope this helps you too. Let me know how you get on with your raspberry leaf tea!