Red Raspberry Leaves for Tea

Every morning my cat, Salem, gets me up. He has a continuous feeder, so he’s not hungry, he just wants mom up. After jumping in bed with me and purring like crazy his sister, Honey, joins us and we go into the kitchen to put the kettle on for a cup of red raspberry leaves with rosebuds. The cats stay with me while I start my morning routine. I’m up before the rest of my household, which I love because it’s quiet and I have some time to think before our day officially begins.

Raspberry leaves drying in my sunroom. It smells so good in there that I could stay all day. 

The leaves from red raspberry bushes can be made into a tea with a flavor reminiscent of black tea, and it doesn’t contain any caffeine. It’s also great at reducing cramps during menstruation. It’s been my experience that it works best when taken regularly.