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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Prenatal Herbals

I put this email together for a dear friend who is expecting. After doing so I realized that some of you might find it helpful too. Please remember that I am not a doctor or a midwife, and to always educate yourself about what you put into your body. Also remember that you may wish to add an herb or two for different reasons, but these herbs have been very helpful to me.







Prenatal formula for strong tea (infusion directions below):


 


Red Raspberry, Nettles, Alfalfa, Peppermint


 


Red Raspberry Leaf is for controlling nausea, hormone balancer, iron source, blood and body strengthening, elasticizing and toning, hemostatic, relaxation and stress ease, for delivery ease, vitamin A and D source, and for later a milk-enrichment herb.


 


Nettles Leaf is for calcium and magnesium source, green sources, mineral rich, used to check hemorrhage of the uterus, and for later a milk-enrichment herb.


 


Alfalfa Leaf is for controlling nausea, green source (chlorophyll), blood and body strengthening, vitamin A and D source, rich in carotene, vitamin K, amino acids, full spectrum of minerals and trace minerals.


 


Peppermint Leaf is for controlling nausea, green source, relaxation and stress ease, green source, effective body cleanser and toner with antibacterial and viral healing properties for digestive and respiratory problems, anti-gas, and it helps it to taste good.



I also took kelp tablets and dandelion root in capsule form or a product from Nature Sunshine called, “Three” that had alfalfa, kelp, and dandelion root. (Three is more expensive than buying kelp and dandelion root separately.)


 


Kelp is very important and for calcium/magnesium, iron source, potassium source, and rich in iodine, chromium and other minerals; with antibiotic, cleansing and thyroid stimulating activity, gland/blood sugar balancing, milk enrichment, vitamin A&D too. Primary uses include prenatal.


 



Dandelion Root is a source of natural potassium and excellent liver cleansing and strengthening agent, with soothing healing properties for the digestive system and bowel inflammation. I used this for liver strengthening as I had liver issues with pregnancies.



 


Some pregnancies I took Bee Pollen too. It is a highly nutritive tonic substance rightly known as a superfood. Completely balanced for vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and all essential amino acids. Use unsprayed pollen for therapeutic applications.


 


If I had to do it again I would drink infusion every day, take kelp tablets, dandelion root capsules, and bee pollen. I would also take a good multivitamin too. :+)

Infusion Preparation:



 


Take equal amounts of herbs (I made this in bulk so each herb had at least 4 cups worth) and mix up well in large paper bag. Once mixed, dump all into airtight container or ziplock type of bag. Each day, boil 2 cups water and pour over one heaping ¼ CUP of herbs into large quart jar. Let it steep, covered with a plate to keep steam in, for 20 minutes. Strain herbs out and drink hot infusion. You can make it into iced tea, or add a bit of honey, etc., but it is strong stuff just an FYI! I just drank it down quickly. My very natural midwife required this of me every day. :+)

This information came from How to Be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist.

1 comment:

gmisch said...

Kate, thank you for the useful information! I just bought some Kelp from Nature's Sunshine, and then I couldn't remember why I bought it, or if it was ok to take during pregnancy. I will start taking it now. I do have Raspberry Leaf tea too. I need to start drinking it regularly, as right now I only do it once in a while.


Thanks for the information and encouragement!


Grace