Herbs during pregnancy, birth and postpartum having many benefits but before we get started me let me remind you that we are not a medical provider and the information shared here is from personal experience. Before you start, stop or change any herbs or essential oils speak to a medical professional.
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Pregnancy is the time where we start to prepare for everything birth will bring us. We start to look into all the things a new baby could want or need. We can't forget about ourselves. Make a list or print our list or just print ours at the end of the post.
Of course, we would never leave you wondering where to order your herbs so we will include links as well.
-Red Raspberry Leaf infusion - Strengthens and tones the Uterus (1 oz dried red raspberry leaf per quart of boiling water. Cover, steep overnight and then strain.)
- Nettle Leaf Infusion - promotes high energy and full of minerals, esp. calcium (1 oz dried nettle leaf per quart of boiling water. Cover, steep overnight and then strain.)
-Ramona's Daily Pregnancy Tisane- 2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf, Dandelion, Alfalfa, Chamomile, Nettle, Orange Peel, Oat Straw, Yellow Dock, Spearmint, Stevia Leaf
-Ramona's Lullaby Tisane (for Charlie Horses)- Lemongrass, Horsetail, Peppermint, Red Clover, Oat Straw, Mullein, Chamomile, Orange Peel, Red Raspberry Leaf
-Dandelion Root or Yellow Dock Root Tonic (for itchy skin, low iron) - Place 2 oz. of dried root in a quart mason jar and pour boiling water to top. Seal and steep 8 hours or overnight. Strain off plant matter and heat liquid on low, reducing liquid to 1 cup via steaming, not quite a simmer. Add 1/4 cup (or less), honey, transfer to a sterile jar, allow to cool, cap and refrigerate. Take 1-3 Tablespoons of tonic daily.
-Rescue Remedy (for overcoming shock, fear and the feeling you can't do it)
-Coconut water (for replenishing electrolytes)
-Lemon Egg (liquid calcium for easing of contractions) Take eggshells (know your source) soak them in freshly squeezed lemon juice. Allow to bubble and dissolve. The liquid is now calcium carbonate.
-Green Drink (for energy)
-Ramona's Green Man Recipe- Equal Parts of powders, mix with juice or some liquid- Wheat grass, barley grass, spinach, dulse, beetroot, rose hips, lemon peel, orange peel, astragalus, 1.5 parts Spirulina, 1.5 parts Chlorella. Mix powders. Add 1 T of Green man in a large glass of juice or milk. Add 1 T Nutritional Yeast powder
-Arnica 200C every hour or so
-Angelica tincture (for retained placenta)
-Chlorella and Grape juice (for blood replenishment)
-Shepard's Purse tincture (for AFTER the placenta has released, to slow bleeding)
-Shock Tea (for energy restoral, use only after shepherd's purse) Equal parts water, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, with a half part of cayenne pepper
-Helichrysum Essential Oil for healing and repair
-Raw honey (for tearing)
-Ramona's Tear Repair Salve- Equal parts Raw honey, wheat germ oil, comfrey root powder, half part goldenseal, half part myrrh
-Nori- (to put on tears)
-Ramona's Nursing Tisane- Marshmallow, Spearmint, 1.5 Parts Fennel, Chamomile, Blessed Thistle, Catnip, 1/2 part Stevia, Fenugreek, Anise, (optional Red Raspberry leaf) Hops can also increase production, but it is bitter. Optional- Alfalfa
-Cabbage leaves (for engorgement- be careful as this can dry too much milk)
-Ramona's Mastitis Tisane- Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey, 2 parts Yarrow, Spearmint, Red Raspberry Leaf, Elderflower, Echinacea (do not take with echinacea for more than two weeks straight.)
- Ramona's PPD Tisane- Lemon Balm, Blessed Thistle, Dandelion, Red Raspberry Leaf, Red Clover. Optional- Hops. (NOTE: Officially the FDA says that you shouldn't take comfrey internally, but as a Medicine Woman, I would not hesitate to add comfrey to any of these, as it is my belief that it would benefit anyone without a severe liver condition. Don't hesitate to pm me about pyrrolizidine alkaloids, the FDA's concern.)
Additional herbs and essential oils
clary sage essential oil
Angelica, wombstringe, b&b, cotton root bark
Black haw bark, yellow aerials, and motherwort aerials