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Tea Time: Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry leaf, or RRL, is a versatile and nutritious herb with a rich history. These leaves have been cherished for their tannin content, making them an excellent base for homemade herbal tea, especially for women’s health.

Tannins and Women’s Health: One of the standout features of Red Raspberry leaves is their high tannin content. These natural compounds provide the leaves with their astringent properties, which can be a real asset when crafting herbal teas. Tannins have a soothing effect on the digestive system, making RRL a great choice for soothing upset stomachs and relieving diarrhea.

However, it’s in the realm of women’s health where Red Raspberry leaves truly shine. For centuries, they’ve been a trusted companion for expectant mothers. These leaves are renowned for their ability to tone the uterus, which can help alleviate menstrual discomfort and even prepare the body for childbirth.

Historical Significance: Red Raspberry leaves have a fascinating historical background. Native Americans have long utilized the leaves for their medicinal properties. Early European settlers adopted this herbal knowledge and even gave it the nickname “The Woman’s Herb” due to its role in supporting women’s health.

How to Harvest Red Raspberry Leaf

Harvesting RRL is as easy as picking the bright green leaves and laying them out to dry until crumbly. I fill my dehydrator trays over and over all season and use just the fan, no heat. You really can’t ever have too much if you use it in many of your teas.

One of my favorite teas uses Red Raspberry leaves as its base. This particular recipe is the very first one that I came up with when I lived in my cabin many years ago. Its tasty flavor is loved by everyone in the family, and we enjoy it hot or iced. Recently, one of my now adult sons was feeling sick and I brought him a care package. He opened the bag of Wild Maine Tea and exclaimed “This smells just like you!”

Wild Maine Tea


  • 2 parts Red Raspberry leaves
  • 1 part Peppermint leaves
  • 1 part Nettle leaves
  • 1 part rose hips (for a touch of citrusy goodness)
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)


Combine the herbs and blend gently. Use 1 TBSP mixture to 8 ounces of boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for 8-10 minutes. Strain and add sweetener if desired.

Incorporating Red Raspberry leaves into your herbal repertoire, especially with delightful blends like Wild Maine, is a fantastic way to harness their tannin-rich goodness while treating yourself to a comforting cup of tea. Whether it’s for women’s health or simply savoring the flavors of Maine, RRL is a versatile herb that deserves a spot in your collection.

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