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Raspberry leaf tea for conception

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yellowflowers Thu 29-Oct-09 11:04:19

Anyone heard of it - was moaning about my lack of ttc success to an older friend with three grown up kids - she swore by raspberry leaf tea but most of the stuff I've read about it online points to it as something to bring on labour not to aid conception.

PacificWerewolfwoohood Thu 29-Oct-09 11:06:28

Never heard of it as an aid to conception. Incidentally, it does not bring on labour but can make the second stage easier/faster.

bridgetsbf Thu 29-Oct-09 11:32:15

I tried rasp leaf tea to bring on labour and it did not work but I believe a lot of the aids to conception, bringing on labour etc can be a mind over matter thing. If you are thinking something should take effect you relax the pressure on yourself I think and the more relaxed you are the better. It can't hurt can it? xx

QueenMercury Thu 29-Oct-09 15:01:16

I heard rasb leaf tea made everything down below more elastic for childbirth, I was given this advice when I was last pregnant but I never tried it.

Meita Thu 29-Oct-09 16:38:08

In German speaking countries raspberry leaf tea is said to be good for pre-ovulation and lady's mantle for post-ovulation. I'll see if I can get some useful info for you.

That said, raspberry leaf is better known for helping labour along.

Incidentially, I have a bag of rasberry leaf tea at home wink.

Meita Thu 29-Oct-09 17:17:54

I found this article and translated it for you. Of course the translation is a bit wobbly, sorry for that. The author is a journalist who researched the topic, so not a specialist per se.
By now there are many possibilities and ideas to assist the wish for a child (TTC) naturally. Besides grapefruit juice, agnus castus and methods like NFP (natural family planning), some midwives also recommend the making and daily consumption of so-called cycle teas. This mixture of diverse herbs, distributed on the two cycle halves, is supposed to naturally assist the woman’s fertility and thus the fulfilment of the desire to have a child. Primarily this occurs in that the tea mixtures stabilise the cycle and can assist the luteal phase in the second part of the cycle. Thus not just is the probability of ovulating increased, but also the implantation of a fertilised egg is assisted.
A cycle tea normally consists of two different herb mixtures which are prepared depending on the status within the cycle and are accordingly drunk daily. It is possible to buy the herbs separately and prepare the mixture oneself, or to have the apothecary prepare it. For the latter it is best to take a copy of the mixture as described below along to the apothecary as not all of them know what is meant by the term. By now this mixture is also on offer in some internet shops.
*The first half of the cycle*
In the first 14 to 16 days of the cycle the goal is to assist ovulation. Not only the female sex hormone estrogen is relevant for ovulation, but also the function and the activity of the follicles plays a decisive role. For this reason an infusion of the following herbs in equal parts is prepared:
Rosemary encourages ovulation by stimulating the activity of the gonads.
mugwort purges (purifies) and thus also assists ovulation.
elderflowers assist the follicle-stimulating hormone follitropine (?) in the pituitary gland
Raspberry leafs and sage are estrogen-like and thus also have a positive influence on the probability of ovulating.
*The second half of the cycle*
In the second half of the cycle, just as in the first, it is important to purge (purify), and additionally to stabilise the level of progesterone. This is best assisted with a tea mixture of the following herbs:
lady’s mantle (alchemilla vulgaris) primarily has the function of regulating progesterone.
yarrow is a gestagen-like herb.
nettle provides for the necessary purification
Of each mixture ideally you have at least 40 grams prepared and brew one tablespoon of it at a time with about 200 ml hot water. This brew should be left to draw for about 10 to 15 minutes. Drunk three times a day, this tea can thus not just provide you with a moment of quiet and reflection, but stabilise and support the woman’s cycle at least insofar as the probability for a quick fulfilment of the desire to have a child increases. But there is no guarantee even with this herbal tea mixture. However, other natural possibilities can provide further support, but if there are medical causes, you should always consult a gynaecologist.

womblemonster Thu 29-Oct-09 18:23:44

Aren't you lovely Meita. I would've charged about £70 for that !! (I'm a translator grin).

MIght try rasp leaf tea myself now!

Meita Thu 29-Oct-09 18:31:37

You're welcome, womblemonster. Though, I don't want to be destroying your trade here. So will cut back on providing free translations ;)

yellowflowers Fri 30-Oct-09 10:17:49

thank you melta - that is kind. Not sure where I'd get the second half of cycle stuff but am def goingto try the raspberry leaf tea.

Meita Fri 30-Oct-09 15:17:28

Hey again,

I found all ingredients mentioned above, including lady's mantle but with the exception of elderflowers, at

Elderflowers and a few of the other ingredients can be found for instance at
or at

Oh, and I think you can get ALL the ingredients mentioned above at

Ok, just want to say that a) I don't work for any of those companies; and b) although I'll be trying out those mixtures myself, I'm no expert and please don't consider what I write here as "medical advice" - rather, do your own research and make your own mind up.

yellowflowers Fri 30-Oct-09 15:25:00

thanks Meita - and I won't, don't worry. xx

PacificWerewolfwoohood Fri 30-Oct-09 18:56:46

FWIW, if you are going down the route of herbal medicine, I think you'd be safer to see a reputable herbalist. Herbs have lots of very active substances that can have sideeffects just like a conventional medicine. If on the other hand, you are going to try homeopathy, you are safe on your own. Whether it helps is another question (I am a homeopathy non-believer)..

Good luck on your quest.

pedalmonster Fri 30-Oct-09 20:37:37

My understanding is that it stimulates your uterus to contract - which is NOT what you want when you are TTC! similar with SOY / SOYA which apparently prevents the egg from attaching to the uterus lining, so IMO I would give it a wide berth! (haha excuse the pun).
TTC - hmmm - let me think, what did I use? I think, if i am completely honest, it was 2 glasses of wine..blush

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