Nettle

Herbs for Pregnancy and Childbirth

The following herbs are said to be good for pregnancy and childbirth:

  • Alfalfa

This is one of the few plant sources of vitamin K (necessary for blood clotting). It also contains eight digestive enzymes, numerous trace minerals and high quantities of vitamins A, D and E.

  • Chamomile

This is a great calming agent and helps with digestive disorders including nausea. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Nettles

These contain high levels of calcium, iron and protein, and is an excellent herb for nourishing mothers who are feeling depleted.

  • Oatstraw

This is high in calcium and magnesium. It also calms nervous stress and tension, and is an effective remedy for yeast infections.

  • Red Raspberry Leaf

This is an herb rich in numerous vitamins and minerals, especially iron. It also nourishes the uterus, soothes nausea, helps prevent miscarriage, eases labor pains and builds a healthy breast milk supply.

  • Rose Hips

These are a great source of vitamin C and help fight infection and exhaustion.

Mother’s Milk Tea

You can change this recipe as desired, if you do not have access to all these herbs. The best galactic herbs are nettle, alfalfa, blessed thistle, and red raspberry leaf. The other herbs add wonderful nutrition and are healing to the body. The herbs can be rather bland and grassy tasting on their own, so I added cinnamon (about 1-2 tsp for this quantity), which provided a delightful flavoring. You could try chamomile or lemon balm as an alternative.

  • 1/2 cup nettle leaf, dried
    – a vitamin factory, high in calcium, iron, potassium, etc
    – strengthens and tones entire system
  • 1/2 cup red raspberry leaf, dried
    – nourishing tonic for the reproductive system
    – high in calcium
  • 1/4 cup alfalfa leaf, dried
    – a superlative restorative tonic, rebuilding vitality and boosting milk supply
  • 1/4 cup dandelion leaf, dried
    -beneficial for all conditions due to the wonderful source of minerals, vitamins, fiber, and micro-nutrients
  • 1/4 cup fennel seed
    – Increase milk production and tone the digestive system, curtailing colic and indigestion
    – you could also substitute fennel with any of these seeds: anise, cumin, caraway, coriander or dill
  • 1/4 cup blessed thistle, dried
    – Stimulates the milk flow and helps restore vitality to weary mothers
  • ground cinnamon,
    – to flavor

Use about 1 tablespoon herbs per cup of boiling water. Allow to steep covered for 15 minutes before consuming. Best results if you consumed 3-5 cups per day. A teaspoon of honey tops it off for a refreshing tea beverage. I use my french press for this recipe with perfect results.

You can make as little or as much as you desire. I choose to make a larger batch at once and used 1/4 cup as my 1 part measurement, but you could cut the recipe in half as desired. This produced about 1 quart full of dried herbs. Combine herbs well and cover securely with a lid.

Store the herbs in a dark cupboard as light will cause nutrition loss.

Found at: Passionate Homemaking

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