Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipes You’ll Actually Want to Drink

You know all about the benefits, but do you know how to make it? Get the basic ratio, plus six more delicious red raspberry leaf tea recipes.

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Red raspberry leaf tea is said to be a magical elixir that helps make natural childbirth easier. It’s been proven to make labor faster and reduce complications, but getting the recommended two cups per day ain’t easy—unless you have the right red raspberry leaf tea recipes at your disposal.

The Best Red Raspberry Leaf Tea


Before we get dive into the recipes, you’re going to need your tea. Whether you prefer bagged or loose tea, here are two great organic options.

Basic Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipe

Red raspberry leaf tea has a wonderful flavor that is very similar to black tea (without the caffeine). If you like tea, it tastes great plain, hot or cold. Try this simple red raspberry leaf tea recipe:

  • Use a ratio of 1 Tbs of loose leaf red raspberry leaf tea (or 1 tea bag) and 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Pour boiling water over leaves and steep for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and drink.
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The Best Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipes

If you don’t like tea, even a splash of cream may not be enough to help you get this magical elixir down. Try it with a non-inflammatory protein powder, for added nutrition, and a side of dates to support a potentially easier birth. (Psst! Find date recipes here.) Or, try one of these more involved red raspberry leaf tea recipes to make the beverage more of a treat:

Warm Coconut Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipe

This is a creamy, dreamy way to drink your daily RRL tea. Enjoy with a few of these pumpkin bites as an added bonus.

  • Follow the recipe for basic red raspberry leaf tea.
  • Add 1/4 cup of coconut milk and 1 TB of raw honey and stir well.
  • Sip slowly and enjoy this warm, comforting treat.
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RRL “Sweet Tea” Recipe

A mom named Nicole who took our Mama Natural Birth Course recommended this recipe and mamas are lovin’ it!

  • Take 4 tablespoons of loose red raspberry leaf (or 4 tea bags) and place in 1 quart Mason jar.
  • Boil 4 cups of filtered water and add to your tea. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain tea or remove tea bags.
  • Let the tea cool off a bit and then add 2 TB of raw honey, preferably manuka for added immunity. (where to buy manuka honey)
  • Put in refrigerator and let cool. Add the juice of two lemons to your cold tea and mix well. Drink 2 cups a day.
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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Orange Cooler Recipe

This delicious recipe is great for summertime. A pregnant mama needs extra fluids and minerals in hot weather so this tea is sure to satisfy!

    • Take 4 tablespoons of loose red raspberry leaf (or 4 tea bags) and place in 1 quart Mason jar.
    • Boil 4 cups of filtered water and add to your tea.
    • Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Strain tea or remove tea bags.
    • Let the tea cool off a bit and then add 2 TB of raw manuka honey.
    • Put in refrigerator until use.
    • With each cup serving, add 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice and a wedge of orange for added vitamins, minerals and refreshment.
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Labor Day Tea Recipe Video

Here’s a super quick video that shows how to make red raspberry leaf tea. I made this special Labor Day Tea recipe right before giving birth to my third baby.

This is one of my favorite red raspberry leaf tea recipes for the end of pregnancy. I drank this very strong red raspberry leaf tea brew the few days before Paloma’s due date. I had an amazing birth with very strong and effective contractions.

Only drink this tea right around your due date (use our due date calculator here) and with the approval of your midwife or doctor. You don’t want to overstimulate your uterus before baby is ready.

Labor Day Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of loose red raspberry leaf tea (or 24 tea bags! Yes, it’s a strong brew)
  • 4 cups of filtered water

Directions

  • Put 1 1/2 cups of loose RRL tea in a pot on the stove.
  • Add 4 cups of filtered water.
  • Let the tea come to a boil and then reduce heat.
  • Let the mixture simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Add natural sweetener if so desired.
  • Strain and sip throughout day.
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Pregnancy Tea Blend

Some moms keep red raspberry leaf tea recipes or other blends of medicinal teas on hand during the postpartum period for added nutrition. This tea combination is great for boosting vitamin K, iron, and magnesium levels. It can also help ward off nausea associated with early pregnancy symptoms, like morning sickness.

Ingredients

  • 8 parts red raspberry leaf (where to buy)
  • 3 parts alfalfa or comfrey
  • 3 parts peppermint leaf (or Fenugreek, if nursing)
  • 2 parts nettle leaf

Directions

  1. Use the same ratio as basic red raspberry leaf tea recipe.
  2. Mix together and store in an airtight container.

Having Trouble Getting Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Down?

If these red raspberry leaf tea recipes still don’t do it for you, focusing on all the ways the tea nourishes your body can help. Red raspberry leaf tea helps strengthen the uterus and the pelvic area, priming your body for labor and childbirth. It’s also rich in readily absorbable vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, E, and A, a variety of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.

To read more about the health benefits of red raspberry leaf tea, its uses during pregnancy, and how much red raspberry leaf tea to drink, check out this comprehensive post

Genevieve Howland

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 85,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

20 Comments

  1. I am currently at 33 weeks and Ive been “aiming” to try my RRL tea that is just waiting for me at the pantry. Can I drink it now? Cant wait for another week 🤣

  2. I’m confused about the difference of the ratios of tea to water between the Labor Day recipe in the video and typed out in the blog post. Which one is correct? I’m 40 weeks and looking to start making it!

  3. I wish I would have watched the video for the Labor Day tea and used 3 quarts of water rather than following the recipe that’s written out. I ended up with 24 tea bags worth of tea in 8 oz of water after simmering. I can drink strong tea but this is nauseating! Please change the written recipe so others don’t waste all of their tea, time and money!

    • Oops, we’ll check out the written recipe. In the meantime you can dilute the tea with more water.

  4. If I go into labour before my due date eg from 37 weeks, could i make the labor tea as soon as labor starts and drink it during labour? Or could I have a jar of it ready in the fridge made in advance? Would it last a week or two in the fridge and then I can warm it up on the day. Or perhaps I freeze a premade batch and warm up on the stove when labour starts? I doubt I will make it to 40 weeks.

    • You wouldn’t need to drink the tea if you’re already in labor. If you’re at risk for preterm birth it’s best to speak to your OB or midwife before consuming.

  5. Would the coconut milk be the canned or cartoon?

  6. Hi, my due date was yesterday and I’ve been drinking the labour day tea since Wednesday (well one box/21 bags of the Traditional Medicinals red raspberry tea). I’ve heard it can be strong. Should I take a a break for a few days or keep drinking it? Thank you!

  7. Heres another recipe
    i followed the directions for the sweet tea but also added some fresh raspberries to the jug and made a pitcher of it, then added the orange juice when i poured myself a glass this morning. i then added a small can of ginger ale (you could use sprite or 7up as well).
    you can also use other fruits. I’ve only tried the raspberries as well as strawberries but im sure it would be good with other berries/fruit.
    i usually fill my water bottle and sip it throughout the day to make sure im getting my 2 cups.

  8. I’d love to send over another recipe I just created for the holiday season especially. It’s delish!

    4oz Water
    4 oz Unsweetened Oak Milk
    1 tbsp Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (organic)
    1/2-1 tbsp honey (depending on desired sweetness)
    hefty shake of ground cinnamon

    Bring water, oat milk and honey all together to a boil and whisk throughout. Then pour into your extra large mug, add tea holder of red raspberry leaf tea and let steep for 10 or so minutes. Top with ground cinnamon, give it one more whisk and enjoy!

  9. This tea is amazing!! I started drinking it when I was 18 weeks pregnant (first pregnancy). All though my labor was not ideal (18 hrs) due to being induced but pushing my son into this world happened within 25-30 mins. I believe the tea played a huge part along with my uterus shrinking.

  10. For me, the Raspberry Leaf Tea did de opposite effect. I drank it since 34 weeks of pregnancy, daily. And then for labor, I drank the labor tea recipe, the contractions went down, and needed to go to the hospital and also pitocin. 🙁

  11. Will the tea still work as well if you water it down but still drink it within the day? Or do you have to drink the really concentrated tea?

  12. Hi- I was following your recipe for labor day tea, but I don’t think your measurements are right. In your video you do 3 cups loose leaf tea to 3 quarts of water which equals 12 cups. Your recipe on this page calls for 1.5 cups loose leaf to 4 cups of water. I did this, and I hardly got one cup full of tea when I strained it; I feel like I wasted all my tea I bought and it’s way too potent 🙁 If you split the recipe from your video then it would actually be 1.5 cups loose leaf to 6 cups of water, not 4. I’m confused why there are two different recipes and why the one listed here is so different than your video.

  13. Hello! Thank you for the recipes. I made the “sweet tea” recipe and didn’t drink all of it in a day and put it in a covered mason jar in the fridge. When I went to drink it today there was a murky milky layer on the bottom of the jar. Am I supposed to shake the tea to drink it or did something grow in the tea overnight? Thank you.

    • Totally normal, just shake it up!

      • Thank you so much!

    • Thank you for the recipe! My midwife and other sources say to steep the tea blend with alfalfa, oat straw, nettle, and peppermint for up to 12 hours for additional extraction of vitamins and minerals

  14. Thanks for this Labor Recipe! I drank it for two days and went into labor the third day! Baby was born the day after on his due date. Worked for me or maybe it was a coincidence but honestly, I had no labor symptoms until the night of the second day of drinking so I feel like it really helped. Baby must have been ready and got the memo to come out!

  15. Just wondering if taking RRL capsules is the same as drinking the tea? I have drank the tea in the past and really enjoyed it but this pregnancy the taste bothers me.


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