I Drank Red Raspberry Leaf Tea And Here Is How It Went!

I Drank Red Raspberry Leaf Tea And Here Is How It Went!

I love drinking hot teas and I have since I was 15 years old. The warmth and the different flavors relax me while exciting my tastes buds.

The idea that the different plants used to make these teas can possibly have health benefits, is really interesting to me.

I experienced a bout of nausea again the day before my period was set to start in this last menstrual cycle. Peppermint tea is a common thing I use to quell it but this time I decided to try red raspberry leaf instead.

In this post, I will talk a little bit about these leaves and my experience drinking them in tea form!

Some information on red raspberry leaf

The raspberry plant is native to Europe and Asia. While not the most popular fruit to eat in the world, it still has a nutrient profile that many people love.

The leaves that come along with this fruit are also edible and considered to be nutritious. They contain vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, iron, potassium and antioxidants.

 If you are interested in consuming the leaves, they need to be gathered before the plant blooms and done in mid-morning. Once you have gotten all the leaves you want, you will need to dry them. When they can crumble easily in your fingers, they are ready to be stored in an airtight container (keep the leaves whole when you store them).

 To make tea with the leaves, it is best to use one tablespoon per eight ounces of boiling water. The leaves need to be steeped for around ten minutes for a full-strength cup (or cups) of tea.

Red raspberry leaf tea has a nice fruity smell to it. There is no fruity taste to the tea though. Most people who drink it say the flavor is more like that of black tea.

You can find red raspberry leaf sold in tea bags, whole leaves, liquid extract and capsules.

Alleged benefits

Red raspberry leaves are said to provide some specific health benefits. They are as follows:

  1. Induces labor
  2. Balances hormones in women
  3. Reduces the severity of menstrual cramps
  4. Lightens period flow
  5. Relieves nausea/morning sickness
  6. Boosts the immune system
  7. Soothes sore throats

There is very little scientific evidence behind any of these benefits. You can find a lot of anecdotal evidence for these though!

Science does show that red raspberry leaf may have some estrogenic effects to it. It is best to be aware of that if you choose to consume it.

My experience with red raspberry leaf tea

So as stated before, I had some gnarly nausea before my period was going to start in this past cycle.

When I looked into the cabinet that I keep my tea in, I saw that I had some red raspberry leaf tea from Traditional Medicinals. I remembered that I had bought it a while back for the nausea and menstrual cramp benefits. This made me decide to have a cup of it.

I made sure that it was not expired first so I did not make my stomach situation worse. Since the bags had not gone bad, I went ahead and made one cup to start off.

I sweetened my cup of the tea with sucralose (yes, I realize that is considered bad). The taste of it was very pleasant and was indeed like black tea. I liked it a lot.

It was easy to get down despite the way I was feeling. Within 15 minutes or so of drinking it, I began to have some relief from the nausea. It was not totally gone, but it was getting better.

I decided to have another cup because it tasted so good to me. After the second one, I felt even better!

A third cup was not necessary.

Permanently part of my nausea fighting arsenal

I do not know what makes these leaves helpful for nausea but I am not going to complain. It tastes better than peppermint tea and it works really well. I will be drinking it in the days before my period from now on.

Have any of you had red raspberry leaf tea? If so, did you like it?

Thanks for reading!

Some sources-

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/red-raspberry-leaf

https://www.britannica.com/plant/raspberry

#herbaltea  #tea  #health  #womenshealth  #menstrualcycle  #periodproblems   #pms  #nausea

Reliefband For Nausea + Review

Reliefband For Nausea + Review

If you have read my other posts, you would know that I have suffered from chronic nausea for the past five years. Although I have had it under better control lately, I still experience it once in a while.

There are already effective things that I keep around for when the nausea hits, but I have no qualms about trying new ones!

My husband recently bought me a Reliefband which is used to quell nausea. For this post I will be providing some information on it and giving my review.

What the product is and does

The Reliefband is for relieving nausea. It is like a motion sickness band in that you wear it on your wrist. What makes it different is that it is digital and provides electrical stimulation to the area instead of just pressure.

The types of nausea it says it treats are pregnancy sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy, and post-operative sickness. It is said to be effective on its own but can be even better as an adjunct to other antiemetics.

There are five different nausea relief intensity levels to choose from. The company makes sure to state that the Reliefband may not work for some people even if it is at the highest setting.

The Reliefband comes with instructions and a small tube of conductivity gel. There are batteries pre-installed in the band, so it is ready to be tried out right when you get it. The batteries are said to last for up to 150 hours depending on the intensity levels you choose.

How to wear it

Just like motion sickness bands, the Reliefband is to be worn two finger-widths down the wrist. You are to put a small amount of the conductivity gel on this area and rub it in a circle, gently.

The band is to be placed on the gelled area with a tight fit. You then press the power button. To switch the intensity, you keep pressing the power button until you get the level you want it at. If you want to turn it off, you press the button and hold it.

Once it is on, you will feel an electrical pulsing up through your wrist. To know if you have it in the necessary spot, you are to close your hand. If you feel a tingling sensation in your palm and fingers, it is in the correct place. It must hit the median nerve for it to work at all.

If you plan on wearing the Reliefband throughout the day, you are to reapply the conductivity gel periodically so that it keeps working effectively. You can switch wrists if you need to as it should be on whichever one you feel the most tingling in.

It is splash-resistant, but you should still not immerse it in water. This means that you need to take it off if you are going to take a bath, shower or go swimming.

Wearing the Reliefband may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions if one has a latex allergy.

My review of the Reliefband

I was excited to try out this product and chose to use it during my fertile window when my stomach feels awful.

I loved that there is just one button that you need to press. When I want nausea relief, I do not want to have to fiddle around with something complicated.

I really appreciated the large sheet of information and instructions that it comes with. It explains everything very well. I am glad I did not throw it away which I sometimes do for things like that.

Getting it on the correct spot on my wrist was pretty easy. I also found it comfortable to wear.

The feeling of the electrical pulse was strange in my opinion and it took a little bit to get used it. It feels similar to when your limbs fall asleep. Not painful, just weird.

I turned it up to the highest intensity level due to my nausea usually being tough to break through. This increased the pins and needles feeling but it still was not painful.

In terms of nausea relief for that particular day, I can’t say I noticed a difference unfortunately. I used it by itself for a while and then I ended up having to take my other nausea relief things with it.

Even though I reapplied the conductivity gel periodically, I still ended up with an itchy rash and swelling. I am not allergic to latex so I am thinking the electrodes must have nickel in it (I have a nickel allergy). Or maybe I am just plain sensitive to it.

It might be hard to see but my skin was really irritated here.

Another thing I do not like about it is the cost. While it was nice of my husband to buy it for me, it is expensive and he really shouldn’t have. Way overpriced.

It may have not worked for me, but it might work for you

The Reliefband did not work for me unfortunately and the rash was uncomfortable to say the least. I am not opposed to try it out again if I am truly desperate for some relief though (that probably sounds crazy of me!).

There are many people who have been happy with it so do not let my review deter you from getting it if you are really interested.

Let me know what works for you for nausea!

Reliefband site: https://www.reliefband.com/pages/relief-band-special-5?discount=SPRING25&google=TRUE&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6PD3BRDPARIsAN8pHuF90LGGjQzayuMu5oJ6oEmrZtsrdhWMHUL-2FX9lyuV5SsKpFkLjwEaAv_zEALw_wcB

Buy it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Reliefband-1-5-Motion-Morning-Sickness/dp/B00PG4NUOS/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

#nausea  #health  #motionsickness #morningsickness #surgery  #chemotherapy  #periodproblems

Things To Always Have Around For Nausea

Things To Always Have Around For Nausea

You don’t need to spend the whole day by the toilet!

Everyone gets nausea occasionally. It is just a part of life unfortunately. Some of us (like me) experience it more frequently than others due to a variety of reasons.

The good thing is that there are a lot of things available that can help lessen the severity or get rid of the feeling completely. Since I am the self-professed “queen of nausea,” I wanted to make a post showing some good things to have in your house to deal with it.

All of the great OTC options!

Ginger is something many people have heard about when it comes to alleviating nausea. It has even been found to be superior to Dramamine (OTC drug used for motion sickness). The studies show that it can be effective for nausea that stems from chemotherapy, morning sickness, post-operative and other things.

It is good to keep it around in some form. You can get it in capsules, powder, tea, candy and essential oil. I use the capsules and powder on a daily basis due to the other benefits it has.

Vitamin B6 is something that women with morning sickness are recommended to take. While I didn’t use it during my pregnancy (I did not know that it would help with the morning sickness), I have found it works for my nausea flare-ups.

A dosage of 25 mg taken three times a day is said to be really helpful. It is important to not exceed 100 mg because of the risk of nerve damage.

Unisom is an OTC sleep medication that contains an antihistamine in it. Antihistamines are used a lot for allergies but they also treat nausea. It is safe for pregnant women with morning sickness and many have found great relief from it.

It has worked very well for me in the past. I do not use it as much anymore, admittedly . Even though it is a sleep medication, it did not make me tired for some reason. That was great because it meant that I could take it during the day.

Taking more than two of them a day for long periods of time is not recommended.

Nauzene syrup and chewable tablets are awesome to have around!

Syrup (the box on the left)- This is wonderful for people of all ages who are experiencing mild to severe nausea. It is safe and also has a pleasant, light taste. For me it works extremely well-even better than Zofran (a prescription ant-emetic) sometimes. It takes about 20 minutes or a little less to work. I do experience a bit of a “hangover” type effect with it where I am mildly drowsy but it doesn’t bother me.

A dose of the syrup is one or two tablespoons( an adult would need two). This can be repeated throughout the day. I try not to use it very much because the bottles are small and it can get expensive after a while.

Chewable tablets- These are not very tasty to be honest. They are chalky and the flavor is weird. I am still able to choke them down though. Just like the syrup, they take about 20 minutes to work. One dose is four tablets which can be repeated throughout the day. These are good for mild nausea and/or when you have gotten yourself too full from a meal.

Pink Stork is a wonderful company!

Magnesium body spray is great to have around. Not only for nausea but just to get in your magnesium requirement for the day. Being low in magnesium is said to cause nausea among other things.

Even though this Pink Stork (see here: http://www.pinkstork.com) body spray is marketed for pregnant women, I have found that it takes the edge off my nausea.

Peppermint is something that I (and many others) have found to be great for alleviating nausea. The Tummy Drops (see here: http://www.tummydrops.com) peppermint candy is a new product that I found and it works amazingly well. Other ways to get nausea relief from peppermint are by drinking it in tea form, breathing it in and putting the diluted essential oil on your skin (wrists, neck, belly and feet).

Probiotics!

There is a brand called BeeYoutiful and they offer great probiotics. One of the products is called Tummy Tuneup (see here: https://www.beeyoutiful.com/Tummy-Tuneup-60-Veg-Capsules-p/tummytuneup.htm) and it is absolutely fantastic for helping with nausea! They really take the edge off quickly. I open them up and dump the powder into my mouth so I don’t have to wait for the capsule to be broken down if I swallow it whole.

They also offer it in a chewable tablet form which works great too.


The above picture is of my motion sickness wrist bands. They can take the edge off of nausea through acupuncture pressure points. They are definitely not the most powerful thing for nausea relief, but I believe they are worth it to have around just in case.

Combining them

These things that I listed can be combined instead of just using one of them at a time. This will provide a stronger anti-nausea effect.

Here are ways you can combine them:

  1. Nauzene syrup + ginger powder- Pour out a dose of the syrup and mix some ginger powder into it.
  2. Ginger + peppermint- You could drink a tea that included both of these things or just use both of them in some form throughout the day.
  3. Ginger + Vitamin B6- Consume ginger in some form at the same time as the B6.
  4. Vitamin B6 + Unisom- Take these two at the same time. This combination is taken by a lot of pregnant women who have morning sickness. It will work for any kind of nausea though.
  5. All of them- I have had days where I used all of these things in one day. Hey, I was extremely desperate!

I hope these options help you

Nausea is an awful feeling. I have battled chronic nausea ever since I gave birth to my son so I feel for whoever else has to experience it.

The remedies I have listed may not work for everyone but I wanted to share them just in case someone was looking for relief.

What do you use/do for nausea?

Thanks for reading!

#supplements #medication #nausea #vomiting #sick #morningsickness #health

The Ways Peppermint Could Be Useful and How To Use it

The Ways Peppermint Could Be Useful and How To Use it

Such a wonderful plant!

There are so many plants out in the world producing wonderful things that can be used in various ways. Some of them we do not know much about and some of them have been studied extensively.

An example of a really popular plant is peppermint. I personally love it.

Let’s take a look at how it can be used!

Its use spans back many years

Peppermint is native to Europe and the Middle east. It was first discovered in the mid-1700s and has been beloved ever since!

It needs to be grown in at least partial sunlight. Full sunlight is said to cause more flavor and nutrients to be produced in the leaves. It really spreads when it grows so it is important to have enough room.

Peppermint is just one of many different plants in the mint family. Other ones include spearmint, water mint, chocolate mint, apple mint, banana mint, lavender mint, Pennyroyal, strawberry mint and so many more!

Alleged benefits

Peppermint has been studied quite a bit. Like any other plants, further research could be done for more definitive answers. Many people seem to be happy with it though!

The following is a list of benefits that peppermint may have:

  1. Helpful for athletes: May cause faster reaction times and increase grip strength.
  2. Helpful for GI and bowel issues: May sooth issues such as functional dyspepsia and IBS.
  3. Has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial effects
  4. Helpful for general nausea
  5. Helpful for respiratory issues
  6. Helpful for aches and pains
  7. Helpful for hair growth

You can find various studies and anecdotal evidence behind the aforementioned benefits.

How you can use peppermint

There are different forms you can get peppermint in and different ways you can use it. Here are some of them:

  1. Using it as an ingredient in food: There are many different recipes that you can find that use peppermint leaves. From breakfasts to desserts!
  2. Chew the leaves:  You can chew on the leaves for instant fresh breath!
  3. Drink it in tea form: You can use the leaves to make your own or buy tea bags. Peppermint tea might help you with digestion if you drink it after meals and it may ease nausea.
  4. Smell it: Smelling the leaves or the essential oil can help ease nausea, headaches and breathing problems.
  5. Rubbed on parts of your body: Diluting peppermint essential oil (here is a guide:  https://www.nowfoods.com/now/nowledge/diluting-essential-oils) in a rollerball bottle is really useful to have around. It can be rubbed on places where you are experiencing pain (like on your temples for a headache) or on your belly/wrists for nausea relief. The diluted oil can also be used as a deodorizer for your armpits if necessary.
  6. Use on hair: For hair growth/health, you could put drops of the essential oil in your conditioner, use it as a hair rinse after washing, put it in a hair mask, use it diluted on your edges/eyebrows and as a hair deodorizer.
  7. Use in homemade cleaning products: If you like to make your own products to clean with, you can use peppermint essential oil as an ingredient. It could help give the DIY products a better smell and may provide some antibacterial action.
  8. Take it in capsule form: You can find peppermint oil gel capsules to swallow when needed for digestion, GI, bowel and nausea issues.

How I use peppermint

As I mentioned before, I love peppermint.

This is how I use it on a regular basis:

  1. Smell the essential oil for nausea.
  2. Drink the tea for nausea.
  3. Rub the diluted oil onto my head when I have my PMS headaches.
  4. Mix a few drops of the essential oil in my hair masks and handfuls of my conditioner (my hair requires a lot!).

I just ordered some peppermint drops from a company called, Tummy Drops (here is the product: https://www.amazon.com/Tummydrops-Natural-Peppermint-30-Drops/dp/B004BH503U/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=tummy+drops&qid=1588718115&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzVktOUThKRFVHTkhKJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDAzMzI4M0RFVjc1T1pQM0QyViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNDU3OTc4MUdQQVRNVzdCMEZYSyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=). These are candy made with peppermint and used for nausea. I want to try these to see if they work for my PMS sickness. If they do, I will replace them for drinking the tea (I cannot always handle drinking it).

One of my favorite dishes uses mint in it. It is called, Chicken Tagine and is a Moroccan recipe. There are different recipes for it out there but this is the one I like the best: https://thegoodheartedwoman.com/apricot-chicken-tagine-ginger-mint/

Maybe you will want to try using it

It is relatively easy to incorporate peppermint into your life. There are even more ways than what I put in this post. Some medications are said to have a negative interaction with it so make sure that you look those up beforehand.

I have had great results from using it in various forms and I hope you do too!

Do you use peppermint for anything in your daily life? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Some sources-

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607906/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5814329/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16767798

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/mint-plant-varieties.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/

#peppermint #essentialoils #plants #health #beauty #haircare #tea #stayathome