Ahhh, it’s that time of the month again, and you’re howling at the moon and feeling your body shift as your cycle enters the height of the bleeding phase. You might be feeling a little under the weather, irritable and like there’s a’ storm brewin down below.
There’s nothing better than something warm, sweet and comforting around your period.
Enter– a herbal infused hot chocolate.
We’ve created a recipe that’s easy to follow and combines simple ingredients to ease painful cramps and heavy periods.
Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf
The main star of this herbal hot chocolate is Red Raspberry Leaf tea. Yes, you’ve got it, the beautiful green leaves next to the juicy red raspberry fruit.
Red Raspberry leaves are sweet, tart and a potent uterine tonic that can benefit women at multiple stages of their life.
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Raspberry Leaf In Pregnancy
Often used throughout pregnancy and into labour to help strengthen the uterus, ease delivery, and curb excessive bleeding.
Raspberry Leaf For Menstrual Cramps
Because of Red Raspberry Leaf’s ability to strengthen and tone the uterine tissue, it can be helpful during menstruation. The compound fragrance is responsible for helping to tone the uterus, helping to reduce cramping and bloating. Raspberry leaf also helps to increase pelvic and uterine circulation, bringing blood flow to these areas.
Raspberry Leaf For Inflammation
Red raspberry is anti-inflammatory and can soothe and reduce nausea that often comes during your period.
Raspberry Leaf For Heavy Period
Red raspberry leaves are rich in tannins and have astringent properties. The astringent means to ‘tone’ and hold in fluids which is why red raspberry lea can be beneficial for women experiencing heavy menstrual flow.
Benefits of Cacao For Period Cramps
We also included the chocolatey goodness of raw cacao!
Cacao is rich in minerals including magnesium, manganese, calcium and zinc. The high magnesium content makes for an epic nutritional ingredient to ease cramping and support muscle function during your bleed.
Not to mention chocolate is delicious, comforting, and pairs well with the raspberries we added to the hot chocolate recipe.
Fresh Raspberries For Your Period
Raspberries are high in antioxidants supportive of healthy arteries and blood flow.
The collagen in this recipe encourages tissue support throughout the body and adds a lovely velvety texture to this warm drink. Along with circulation promoting warming spices such as cinnamon and honey to bring it all together!
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Raspberry Hot Chocolate Recipe
Get the full recipe below:
2 cups water
2 raspberry tea bags
1 cinnamon stick
Hot Chocolate Recipe
1-2 tbsp cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut butter or cacao butter
2-3 tbsp thawed frozen raspberries
1/2 vanilla extract
2 tbsp collagen
2 tbsp honey
Optional: Coconut or organic whipping cream, raspberries and cinnamon to add ontop
1. Steep the raspberry leaf and cinnamon in boiling water for 10-20 minutes.
2. Strain the tea and add it with the rest of the ingredients in the blender.
3. Top with optional toppings and enjoy.
Blend and enjoy
As you can see, there are so many ways to support your body and manage the pain during your period.
We adore using natural ingredients like a red raspberry leaf because it is safe, effective and doesn’t come with a host of other side effects. We hope you love it as much as we do and feel inspired to try this recipe to help support you during your next cycle.
If you want more tips on managing period pain, download the period pain relief guide with the link here.