Updated: Oct 1
The top recommended loose herbs to have on hand:
Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Oatstraw (Avena sativa)
Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
These four herbs combined, referred to as the NORA tea blend, make a nourishing tea you can safely enjoy throughout your whole pregnancy. I drink it even when I am not pregnant, I love it that much!!!
*** I recommend buying in bulk, mixing these herbs, and storing in an airtight container. For daily use: place a large handful of herbs in a 32-ounce jar, cover with steeping hot water and infuse overnight (minimum of 30 min.) to extract all the minerals and vitamins needed to support your mind, body, and spirit. *Some people enjoy adding a touch of mint tea to lift the earthy essence of this tea. Enjoy hot or cold!
Postpartum Herbal baths are also amazing! Shelly Varelli offers "In-home" custom created postpartum herbal baths for new mommas in the Toledo, Ohio area —- "I prepare everything for you, including creating a luxurious setting for your healing bath. You can even combine this service with a postpartum massage for the ultimate in-home experience". Shelly is a doula, Student Midwife, and licensed massage therapist with 19 years of experience serving pregnant and postpartum people in NWO and SEM. For more info visit www.kneadingtimeholistictherapy.com
"Practice safety first -organic and natural does not always equal safe!". Here are some quality places to order herbs online: www.mountainroseherbs.com, www.frontiercoop.com, or www.pacificbotanicals.com To purchase bulk herbs locally in Northwest Ohio: Visit Claudia's Health Market located at 3904 Secor Rd, Toledo, OH ~ (419)474-2400
While many herbs are safe, there are some risks associated with using certain herbs while pregnant, these include miscarriage, premature labor, and birth, or adverse effects on the fetus (Romm, 2019). "Always consult your midwife or doctor before you start taking any herbs. It is better to be safe than sorry!"
Additional herbs that are noted to be safe: Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpan), Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Garlic (Allium sativum), Ginger ( Zingiber officinalis), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis), Peppermint (Mentha × piperita), Rose Hips (Rosa canina), Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra), Skullcap (Scutellaria)
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Some herbs are safe to use but in smaller doses and for short periods to treat specific issues: Ashwanganda (Withania somnifera), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Common herbs to avoid during pregnancy:
Aloe (Aloe vera) internally, Arnica (Arnica montana), Barberry (Berberis, vulgaris), Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus), Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Cotton Root (Gossypium herbaceum), Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis), Ephedra (Ephedra sinica), Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium), Goats Rue (Galega officinalis),Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Ipecac (Ipecac ipechachuana), Juniper Berries (Juniperis communis), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Mistletoe (Viscum album), Mugwort (Arteemesia vulgare), Nutmeg (Myristica officinalis), Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), Poke root (Phytolacca decondra), Rhubarb (Rheum palatum), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), Yarrow (Acillea millefolium)
Davis, E. (2012). Heart & hands a midwife's guide to pregnancy and birth. Ten Speed Press.
Gladstar, R. (2009). Rosemary Gladstar's herbal recipes for vibrant health. Storey.
Romm, A. (2014). The natural pregnancy book (3rd ed.). Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.
Weed, S. S. (1986). Wise woman herbal for the childbearing year. Ash Tree Publishing.
Shelly is a birth doula, student midwife, massage therapist, and childbirth educator serving the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan area. You can contact Shelly at (419)699-2279 or email email@example.com