All herbs should be cleared by a certified herbalist or your care provider before consuming. Also advice from a certified herbalist on how is best to consume or use each herb is necessary.
- All purchased herbs should have the common and scientific name on them.
- Can be used in a tea, a soak, or a tincture.
- Can be used for nutrition or as a remedy.
- Can sometimes be alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs.
- Should be used only with the approval of your care provider and preferably under the guidance of a certified herbalist.
- Should not be used to mimic modern medicine but to aid it.
Here are some common herbs for the following uses.
Ginger Root: grated into a cup and boiling water added to make a tea. Leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes and add honey if required. This can be taken 3 or 4 times a day.
Red Raspberry leaf tea: Loose leaf is better but tea bags from the store is good in a pinch.
Lemon Balm (Melissa) or Chamomile can be very effective at helping with anxiety. Both make soothing teas, or they can be mixed with ginger root as well.
Lavender is also very good for easing anxiety.
Heart Burn and Indigestion:
Slippery Elm: coats the lining of the oesophagus and stomach and so helps to protect these areas from acid attack. Going more to the root of the problem,
Meadowsweet can help prevent the overproduction of stomach aced, and there is also the gentle
Chamomile: calms and soothes the stomach.
Fenugreek: stimulates the muscles of the uterus and can help to bring on labor. Do not use during pregnancy without express permission from a medical professional.
Black Cohosh: known for increase and normalizing uterine contractions, as well as relieving any nervousness experienced before or during labour. It can also be used when the cervix fails to dilate as well as to prevent postpartum hemorrhage.
Raspberry Leaf Tea: can also be effective as a uterine stimulant to encourage the onset of labor, as well as helping to prevent postpartum hemorrhage. If there is a history of miscarriage, do not take during pregnancy at all.
After Birth and Breastfeeding:
Vervain: has many excellent properties to help the new mother. It encourages the secretion and flow of milk and so helps the establishment of breast feeding. If you’re tired after a long labor, it has excellent restorative powers, as well as enhancing mood and combating depression. Vervain also helps you to absorb the nutrients from good better and stimulates the digestive processes.
Comfrey: This anti-inflammatory is loaded with healing allantoin, making it an herbal brew that’s worthy of any postpartum sitz bath, padsicle, or peri bottle. promotes strong, flexible, healthy, and functional vaginal tissues.
Great Sitz bath herbs: calendula, lavender, witch hazel, goldenseal, and plantain.
Yarrow: an antispasmodic with an affinity for the female reproductive system. It has been used to treat the heavy bleeding and intense pains of dysmenorrhea and endometriosis. A uterine stimulant, yarrow is also used to provoke menstruation, increase circulation to the uterus, and to promote its overall health and function.
Again, always seek professional advice before using any herbs or essential oils especially while pregnant.
Here is some helpful information on risks and benefits of some common herbs. But please before choosing any herbs check with your care provider and a certified herbalist.
Source: Birth Arts International