Hello fellow tea-ers!

This week I'm continuing our what-the-heck-do-we-put-in-our-teas theme. :) We've just added a new blend to the store called Adjoa (which means "Born on Monday" - so named because I developed the recipe on a Monday). Adjoa is a simple, but whimiscal blend that contains red raspberry leaf. Yes, the leaf, not the berry. So, why did I pick that?

Well, believe it or not, red raspberry leaf is an incredibly useful and versatile herb that makes a great (and great tasting) holistic base for tea.  Check out this herbal profile from Wellness Mama (a favorite site of mine).

It is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep during pregnancy. The specific combination of nutrients in Raspberry Leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say leads to shorter and easier labors...The tannins in raspberry leaf give it astringent properties which make it soothing both internally and externally.

Red raspberry leaf has a taste that's similar to black tea, but does not have the caffeine. That's incredibly helpful if you're trying to switch from coffee to tea, or need to minimize your caffeine intake (which I do). So, give it a whirl, and as always, check with a medical professional before consuming any herbs. Happy drinking!

- Alyson