Hello Herb Lovers,
As everyone already knows I am due to give birth in just a few short weeks. This means that pregnancy and baby related subjects have been rather on the forefront of my mind for some time. A comment posted by a reader yesterday in response to an older post, Herbal Tales made me think that maybe it is time to talk some more about herbs and pregnancy.
Herbs are great for women’s health. You can prepare your body before falling pregnant, treat some issues that may interfere with conception and generally get your body into optimum shape, from the inside.
When planning to conceive there are remedies made from Chaste Berries (Vitex) which can stabilise and regulate hormones. Great for PMT and menopausal symptoms as well. If iron deficiency is an issue then a tea made from yellow dock root, nettle, dandelion root, beet root and liquorice may do the trick.
Of course there may also be physical hurdles to overcome such as Cervical Dysplasia (abnormal cells on the cervix discovered during a routine pap smear) or Endometriosis – here too herbal remedies can help. Once again Chaste Berries feature heavily in remedies for these two conditions combined with other herbs which work wonders for the female reproductive system.
Unspecified infertility, where no physical reason can be found may be helped along by herbs and specifically herbal teas made from ingredients which regulate and promote the right hormonal balances for conception.
Once pregnant there are herbs that tone the uterus to prepare it for the hard work ahead and help with morning sickness which for some can be debilitating. There are remedies which can ease the aches and pains of pregnancy and minimise the chances of miscarriage. You can make oils and lotions which soothe the stretching skin of your belly and make you feel great at the same time too.
During the birthing herbs can help to relieve pain, anxiety and stress. After the delivery there are many remedies to speed recovery and foster better milk production.
Herbs can be of benefit at every stage of a woman’s life – none more so than during her child bearing years.
Try this Breastfeeding Tea to promote milk flow
1 litre boiling water
1 teasp each chaste berries (vitex) and blessed thistle leaves
1/2 teasp each nettle leaves, and vervain leaves (if you can find it)
1/4 teasp each fenugreek seeds and anise seed
Pour boiling water over herbs, cover and let steep for 20 inutes. Strain and drink 1 – 3 cups daily.
Note: This tea may not be appropriate when feeding or expressing for premmie babies. Please check with your health professional and/or Breastfeeding Association first.