Pregnant or breasfeeding moms often ask what herbs they can safely drink as a tea during this time. Naturally, these would be herbs that are going to be of benefit to them and their little one. This is what we tell them:
- Firstly, everything in moderation.
- Red Raspberry Leaf brewed as a tea or as an infusion, is one of the safest and most commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, improves contractions and decreases constipation.
- Nettle leaves are a storehouse of nutrition, with high iron and calcium contents, as well as an excellent source of folic acid, an essential nutrient during pregnancy. Nettle strengthens the kidneys and adrenals, while it relieves fluid retention. Because nettle also supports the vascular system, it can prevent varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Postpartum, it increases breast milk. Nettle tea has a rich, green taste.
- Alfalfa, with its deep root system, contains many essential nutrients including trace minerals, chlorophyll and vitamin K, a nutrient necessary for blood clotting. Many midwives advise drinking mild tasting alfalfa tea or taking alfalfa tablets during the last trimester of pregnancy to decrease postpartum bleeding or chance of hemorrhaging. Alfalfa also increases breast milk, as alfalfa hay is fed daily to milking goats and other dairy animals.
- Enchinacea – For colds and flu to boost your immune system and to heal breast infections
In the following You tube presentation, Susun S Weed discusses ways to help yourself herbally, especially when breastfeeding.