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

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Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!

Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!



I have been suffering from worsening (like WAY worse) PMS symptoms for the past few months now. At first, I figured it was only due to the stress I have been from this whole pandemic situation. Thinking about it more has made me change my tune a little bit though.

I remembered about a year ago now that I had been looking up supplements to help my PMS symptoms. Vitamin B6 was one of the things I saw that could be of assistance. This prompted me to buy bottles of it and take it every day.

Back in January of this year, I abruptly stopped taking them for whatever reason. The other day I saw a bottle of them in the closet and it got me wondering. Could me not getting enough vitamin B6 in my daily life anymore be part of the cause of my intense PMS?

I decided to look into this vitamin a little more and discuss it in this post!

Why B6 supplementation for women and their hormones

Us women go through a lot each month when it comes to our hormones changing during our cycles. Some do have it easier than others though.

If you are like me, you might feel like you suffer way too much leading up to your period!

Something that is infuriating for women who suffer from PMS symptoms each month is the fact that there are people who think it does not exist. Ugh! I am no scientist, but I swear that it exists. It just has to!

When looking up ways to reduce the severity of PMS, vitamin B6 is something that gets mentioned in addition to birth control, diet and exercise. There is research showing it being effective in this regard.

The research articles conclude that supplementing with vitamin B6 may help women with physical PMS symptoms (bloating, breast pain, cramps, acne and headaches), mental PMS symptoms (moodiness, sadness, anxiety and irritability) and morning sickness (it could probably help with PMS nausea that some women feel).

It is thought that vitamin B6 may increase progesterone levels. The signs of low progesterone include mood changes, headaches, bloating and cramps. Sound familiar, huh?). This could be the reason as to why it may help women with hormonal related discomforts.

In a couple of studies it was also shown that combining this vitamin with magnesium increased the effectiveness of it in the reduction of PMS symptoms.

When taking vitamin B6 as a supplement, it is best to not take more than 100 mg per day. This is due to there being incidences of nerve damage when going beyond that amount. Foods high in vitamin B6 are salmon, lean beef, chicken, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocadoes, dairy products, broccoli, beans and lentils.

I have begun to take it again!

I am interested in seeing if adding B6 back into my diet will do anything for me. These days, I need all the help I can get when it comes to the severity of my PMS symptoms.  I have been dealing with intense anxiety, panic attacks, irritability (more than usual), increased breast pain and severe nausea again.

For the past three days, I have been taking 50 mg with my midday snack. I haven’t noticed anything yet, but I am guessing it will take a while if it is going to help at all.  

Because chickpeas are considered high in vitamin B6, I will be using up the copious amounts that we have in the pantry. I found some great recipes on Pinterest that use them. This is the one I will be trying this week: https://im-worthy.com/basil-chickpea-curry/.

How bad is your PMS and what symptoms do you get each month? Also, how do you deal with them?

As always, thanks for reading this!

#pms  #womenshealth  #periodproblems  #vitamins  #supplements  #covid19  #stayathome

I Tried Period Panties and Here Is What Happened!

I Tried Period Panties and Here Is What Happened!

I am definitely not afraid to talk about periods and neither should anyone else be. It is a natural thing that women must go through.

That being said, it can be pretty uncomfortable for a lot of us!

There are different ways to deal with monthly bleeding and one of those ways is wearing period panties. I recently tried some out and wanted to share my experience with them.

My bleeding time issues

These are the pads I use.

Ever since I had my son, I started bleeding more each month. I don’t know if there is a correlation between those two things, but I am going to roll with that as being the reason.

I don’t know if the flow I get is actually considered heavy, but it seems like it is to me. I also have quite a few clots that come out in the toilet (gross, I know). My bleeding lasts five days with the second day being the absolute heaviest.

I wear Always Maxi pads with wings in size 5 and I have for a long time now. When I used to go out places, I would put on a heavy-duty tampon or a smaller sized pad instead so there wasn’t a bulge in my pants. Since the shut-down orders though, I have not cared.

I tend to leak a lot which unfortunately means that sometimes I leave stains (just like when I was in middle school!).

Choosing the period panties

Here are two of the ones I bought.

I caught some ad for period panties one day and was interested in looking into them a little more. There are quite a few different kinds out there that range in prices.

Some period panties are made so that one doesn’t actually need to wear a pad or tampon with it if they don’t want to (see an example here: https://www.shethinx.com/pages/thinx-it-works) . Other period panties are supposed to be worn with a tampon or a pad but provide protection from leaks (see an example here: https://www.amazon.com/Hellove-Panties-Menstrual-Leakproof-Protective/dp/B07WN6MMJF/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=period%2Bpanties&qid=1589342738&sr=8-9&th=1&psc=1). I decided to go with the latter which were more reasonably priced in my opinion.

Trying the period panties

I was excited to try the panties out! They came in the mail four days before my period was to start

 which was great.

When I felt that I was going to start bleeding at any moment, I immediately put one of the period panties on with an Always pad. They felt nice on my skin which is important due to my sensory issues.

Despite them feeling good texture-wise, I did notice something I didn’t like about them right away. They sound like diapers! Whenever I moved, I reminded myself (and husband) of an infant/toddler. Other people complained about that in some reviews on Amazon too.

The diaper sound wasn’t going to stop me from wearing them though!

I really do not feel like dragging this out anymore to be honest. So, I will say this…the period panties did not provide any leak protection for me. None!

They shifted worse than my regular underwear does and allowed some gnarly leaks to happen. I got to the end of my day two and scrapped them.

I went back to wearing my old Victoria’s Secret underwear with my huge, post-birth underwear on over them. Even though I get leaks wearing them, they are not as bad as the ones I had with the period panties.

Will I be trying period panties again?

I would actually love to try them again but from a different brand. My current underwear I use for my periods are getting torn up due to being so old and soon I will need to buy more. I will be on the lookout for other kinds and hopefully they will work better.

I may have had a bad experience my first-time trying period panties, but I would still recommend them for other women to try. If you do some research on them like I did, you will see that many women have been happy with the use of them.

Have any of you tried period panties before? If so, what did you think about them?

Thanks for reading!

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