Pregnancy + Herbs
During pregnancy and also prepregnancy when a couple are trying for a child it is imperative to know what herbs need to be avoided and what herbs will assist with the delivery. Below is an important list of herbs to be avoided and also the beneficial herbs for new mother and baby
Many herbs stimulate the uterus and are unsafe for women who are pregnant. These herbs should be avoided by women of childbearing age:
There are many other herbs that are known to be helpful during pregnancy and after delivery. Some are also good for the baby, such as calendula cream for diaper rash and fennel for colic.
Parsley, Celery, Land Cress, Rocket - Taken for vitamins and minerals. Do not use the seeds.
Raspberry Leaf used to tone the uterus.
Morning sickness -
Chamomile (infusion 1 cup before rising)
Ginger (tincture-up to 1ml/day, 2-3 drops at a time)
Peppermint (tincture-2 ml in hot water 3x daily)
Black Horehound (tincture-2 ml in hot water 3x daily)
Goldenseal Taken during labor to assist the uterus. Never take during pregnancy.
Caraway As a tincture or infusion, can help ease labor pains and stimulate the flow of breast milk.
St. John's Wort (apply an oil infusion to the area, or add a strong infusion to a hip bath) Use the oil with added lavender to heal the perineum after birth.
Oats Prepare a tincture to use for postpartum depression
After delivery, these herbs can be used to promote milk production -
An infusion of Borage will aid in mild production in breastfeeding mothers.
Used to reduce milk production when weaning -
Fennel For baby's colic.
Cabbage Leaves and Echinacea - Bruise and apply externally for relief of mastitis.
Calendula Cream - Prepare a cream to use for diaper rash and cracked nipples.
Source : Garden Guides
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