Since the heroine of Deadly Devotion has a fondness for herbal teas,
I thought I’d post on a couple of teas that are getting a lot of attention in our family these days.
As we’ve eagerly awaited the birth of our second grandchild, Red raspberry leaf tea has been a staple in our eldest daughter’s diet.
It’s supposed to encourage easy labor, and since her first child was born fifteen minutes after my daughter stepped into the hospital, she’s a believer in it’s helpfulness!
I try not to begrudge the fact that I labored with her all night and spent an agonizing two hours in delivery before the doctor finally yanked her out.
Wish I’d known about raspberry leaf tea!
Raspberry leaves are a rich source of calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium, and help decrease heavy periods. Magnesium and calcium also help relieve leg cramps during pregnancy.
Of course in these final days, with junior kicking my daughter awake in the wee hours of the morning, she’s been craving chamomile tea to help her sleep.
But alas, chamomile tea is one of the many herbal teas that pregnant women should limit or avoid during pregnancy.
So… I was thinking how much she’ll enjoy finally being able to enjoy a cup and a full night’s sleep when the baby arrives.
Right, what was I thinking?! A full night’s sleep is not in her near future!
But if Junior proves to be a little colicky, the chamomile tea might help soothe baby’s uncomfortable tummy. We tried it with my first grandchild… without much success… but some mothers find it helps.
If all else fails, as my daughter falls asleep over her steaming cup of chamomile tea, she’ll discover it’s also great for brightening up dull, tired skin. 😉
Guess what? Steamed marigolds are great for this, too. Those who’ve read Deadly Devotion know why I bring up marigolds. 😆
Raspberry tea is also good for nursing mothers, as is fennel tea. It is safe for children and increases milk production. Fennel is also good for colicky babies.
Your Turn: What’s your favorite tea for what ails you?
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