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Making Time for Red Raspberry Leaf Chai

The weather is getting hot, here in western Oregon. And by hot, I mean it’s been in the 80′s. I know, the rest of the country laughs at us here in the Northwest. We’ll take your laughter, and our mellow weather. Pansies (the flowers) live nearly all year long here. Call us pansies. We’re a colorful bunch, if a bit on the sensitive side. But, I digress. It’s hot. It reminds me of India. And that reminds me of CHAI: sweet nectar of the goddesses with many arms, who do many different things, like MOMS! I’m probably not drinking enough water, which leaves me feeling a bit depleted, round about 3:00 in the afternoon. I start thinking, like Pooh-bear, that I’d like a little ‘smackerel’ of something, namely, CHAI. I could stop by one of the multitude of drive-through coffee stands, or ever-present Starbucks, or even into my friend Eleanor’s awesome Goodness Coffee House. But, being in a thrifty mood, and knowing that I have all the fixings in my own kitchen, I am making my own. Yes, it takes a bit of time. It is my reminder to slow down, smell the spices and take a bit of care of myself (and several friends!) This is no ordinary chai, either, friends. This is Red Raspberry Leaf Chai.

Why Chai? 

Chai is that wondrous combination of tea (usually black), cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cloves, sometimes allspice, anise or fennel, and milk. All of those fragrant spices are great for our digestion (ginger, fennel), good for our skin, helpful during colds and flu, calming to our nerves (cloves). They strengthen our bones (cinnamon) and purify our blood (pepper) as well us give us energy.  The addition of milk helps everything to move through our systems without irritation, and black tea often hangs it all together creating an alchemical wonder drink. And, it tastes like heaven.  The people of the Indian subcontinent drink it in volumes, and although I encountered chai in Santa Cruz, prior to traveling in India, it was my taste of ‘real chai’ that made me a chai enthusiast.

However, the chai offered in most coffee houses is so sweet! One of the great things about making your own chai is the ability to control the sweetness, or even drink it unsweetened. Many of the spices have an intrinsic sweetness, and I find that when I make my own chai, I don’t really desire more sweet. Although I never once had an ICED chai in India, I do enjoy it both hot and cold, even on hot days. Something about spicy on the inside does seem to cool me down, either way. Treating ourselves to this kind of refreshment is a nod to the ritual of tea drinking that goes back centuries.  And while I do enjoy going out for tea, especially with friends, making it right in my own kitchen not only makes the whole house smell like chai, it saves on $$ and the ubiquitous paper cup.

Why Red Raspberry Leaf?

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Traditional chai is made with black tea. Black tea, while lighter in its caffeine load than coffee, still contains caffeine. Due to all of the reading I’ve been doing about cortisol and adrenal fatigue lately, I am, like many of us, looking to ditch caffeine from my daily diet.

Enter, Red Raspberry Leaf. The hot summer sun beats down on beautiful raspberry canes, giving us delicious fruit, and also the amazing gift of her leaves.  Since I was pregnant with my little ones, and like a good hippie mama, reading The Compleat Mother, I have also been an avid drinker of this amazing beverage. While pregnant with my second child, who was due in mid July, I drank many quarts of Raspberry Leaf sun tea, and it hit the spot that nothing else could. My other babes were born in March (yes, all three of them) and I enjoyed the tea warm, often in chai.

It is a favorite drink of women, both pregnant and not, because it is an incredible tonic for our wombs, and the muscles of the pelvic region. It is said to increase fertility, reduce ‘morning sickness’ and ease labor and birth. It can help ease the hot flashes of menopause, the fatigue of athletes, and the woes of children and teenagers.

It’s a blessed, wonderful leaf, and interestingly, it’s flavor as tea is somewhat reminiscent of black tea, which makes it an excellent addition to chai.

Without further ado, I give you my chai recipe:

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*The information on this blog and website is provided for educational purposes only. I am not a doctor and do not diagnose any illnesses, or offer any medical advice. Please be sensible and listen to your body, and consult your health care practitioner if needed.

 

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What is a Postpartum Doula?

Doula is a Greek word meaning ‘woman who helps’. A postpartum doula is a woman who helps after a baby comes into a family. Some of the things I do as a postpartum doula are:

Support mothers, partners, baby and older siblings in adjusting to the first days, weeks or months as a family.

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What is a Doula?

That is the question I hear most often when I tell people my job title. Doula is a Greek word meaning ‘woman who helps’. And really, that IS what a doula does, what I do: I help women and their families before, during and after the births of their children.The current use of the word doula really means a trained birth professional. A doula is NOT the same as a midwife, who is medically trained to assist women in labor.

As a birth doula, I meet with families several times prior to the birth. Since I am present at one of the most intimate and important times in life, I like to really get to know everyone who will be in the birthing room. Discussion topics include birth as a rite of passage, overcoming any fears around birth, birth plans and preferences, comfort measures, birthing positions, preferences regarding medications for both mother and baby, helping the partner to fully support the birthing mother. My big jobs are to help the birthing mother to advocate for herself for the kind of birth she wants to have, to help her partner support her in the best way possible, and to offer my skills and knowledge about birth when and where they are needed. I love this work and consider it my calling to hold space for families to enjoy and treasure this amazing time.

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DSCN4135Hi there!  I’m Sarah.  Working with families and their babies is my passion and my calling.  I have been educating myself about birth and babies since I was pregnant with my first child in 1999.  As a new mother I was trained as an Infant Massage and Communication instructor, deepening my interest and commitment to healthy families.  Having a doula at the births of my children convinced me that becoming a doula was the path for me, and in 2006, I attended the Sacred Doula Training at Breitenbush Hotsprings.  It was an incredible training and since that time I have been helping families as a birth and postpartum doula. I love this work, the opportunity to help birthing women, their partners and their families have positive birth experiences truly enriches my life.  I continue to educate myself about birth, women’s health and babies, and am always finding this work interesting and rewarding.

I am the mother of four growing children and wife to a wiley wizard.  I enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest among the trees where I’m lucky enough to walk each day.  I enjoy yoga, Nia, cooking, knitting, sewing, herbalism, music and laughter.

 

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