Our Herbal friends 

 


 

Alfalfa

Loaded with healthy nutrients, including vitamin A, D, E, K , chlorophyll, and trace minerals. Helps build a vitamin K supply for your growing baby in utero or via your breastmilk! Alfalfa was traditionally fed to dairy cows and goats to increase their breastmilk, and mamas in their third trimester are encouraged by midwives to take alfalfa to help decrease postpartum bleeding.



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Anise Seed

In the Netherlands, anise seed cookies are a traditional gift to bring to a new mother to ensure a plentiful milk supply, and a common ingredient in “mothers milk” tea blends. Also used for indigestion, bloating, and flatulence. Barley and oats are also nourishing foods that have traditionally been used to increase milk supply and can be eaten daily.

 



 
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Calendula Flowers

Healing for rashes, burns, wounds, scrapes, cuts, sores, stings, chapped lips, abrasions, rashes, including diaper rash. Safe for delicate newborn skin.



 


 

Chamomile Flowers

Excellent for soothing tummy and nerves. Treats spasms of the gastrointestinal system, dyspepsia, heartburn, also a mild sedative and nervine to soothe nerves.

 



 

Chaste Tree Berry

Ancient berry used to regulate menstrual cycles, moderate PMS, and first line herbal agent to enhance fertility by possibly regulating prolactin levels, address progesterone deficiency, develop the corpus luteum for ovulation, address anterior pituitary hormonal regulation (luteinizing hormone and follicule stimulating hormone). Excellent for women trying to conceive after being on hormonal birth control.



 


 


 

Dandelion 

The root is often used as a digestive bitter (to improve digestion, increase bile flow), to relieve nausea or vomiting, or stimulate appetite. Blood cleanser.



 


 

Fennel Seeds

Used since ancient Greek times as a galactagogue, and by nursing mothers to relieve colic and soothe digestive troubles in her baby.



 


 


 

Hawthorn

Strengthens the physical and emotional heart. Historically used to treat cardiovascular conditions and improving coronary blood flow, strengthening blood vessel walls, also has antioxidant and antiplatelet aggregation (so good for inflammation, particularly for long  term stress), beneficial for hypertension and stress.



 

Hops

Used throughout time for sleep, mood disturbances, restlessness, anxiety, tenseness, sleep disorders, insomnia.

 



 

Lavender (lavendulax intermedia)

Sedative properties for restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, mood disturbances, abdominal complaints, nervous tummies. A gentle, calming herb.

 



 

Lemon Balm

Excellent for soothing the nerves and lifting the spirit, with an affinity for the digestive system where it calms nausea and stress related digestive concerns. Used traditionally to relax and strengthen women during childbirth, as well as to prevent or treat postpartum depression.



 


 

Marshmallow Root

This soothing, anti-inflammatory, mucilaginous herb has long been used for its nutritive properties and to increase milk supply, also may soothe acute heartburn.



 


 


 

Moringa Leaf

Highly nutritive Ayurvedic herb rich in anti-oxidants, such as quercetin and chlorogenic acid, which may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol while stabilizing blood sugar, all useful in inflammatory disorders, metabolic syndromes, autoimmune disorders, stress, anxiety disorders, thereby lessening the workload on the heart.



 

Motherwort

Sometimes we all need a hug from our mother. Excellent adaptogen for the weeks following birth to ease tension and support a woman through the feelings that come with new mothering. Soothes the heart, your nerves, and your menstrual cycle. Classic nervine for menopause, thyroid dysregulation, heart palpitations, postpartum depression, anxiety, or stress. Uterine tonic (excellent postpartum), bitters for stimulating liver, nervine for stress, anxiety, palpitations, irritability, emotional lability. Contraindicated for pregnancy.



 

Mugwort

Artemesia vulgaris. Said to open the third eye and induce prophetic dreams. Named for the Greek goddess Artemis, protector of women and children. Saint John the Baptist may have worn mugwort for protection when he ventured into the wild. In the same family as St. John’s wort. Emmenagogue used to treat uterine concerns including infertility such as amenorrhea (lack of menses), irregular cycles, or dysmenorrhea (painful menses). Used to cleanse and tone the uterus. Also used to treat stomach and intestinal malaise such as gas, bloating, increases bile production. Also used to treat parasites and yeast overgrowth in retention enemas. May cause sensitization or dermatitis in those sensitive to pollen from the Asteraceae family.



 

Nettle Leaves

Highly nutritious plant (plenty of vitamin A, C, K, calcium, potassium, folate, iron), also venotonic (tonifies the circulatory system and veins). Used in many pregnancy teas because it is a great all around pregnancy tonic. Used for centuries as a nourishing tonic for weakness and anemia. Nettles help cleanse the body by strengthening the kidneys and adrenals, help relieve water retention, relieve allergies in the respiratory system, nourish the body, stimulate milk production, or as a restoration remedy during menopause. Its astringent action helps check bleeding and can be applied externally to hemorrhoids or wounds.  Can help prevent leg cramps. The stingers of fresh nettles are deactivated by boiling water or nettle juice.



 

Oatstraw

Rich in calcium and magnesium; great for anyone who is stressed, overworked, or anxious. Tonifies the nervous system as a nervine to relieve anxiety. Calms nervous tension, anxiety, stress, and restlessness during pregnancy (or anytime). Tonifies the nervous system while strengthening capillaries to prevent varicose veins. Also a nourishing galactagogue.



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Passion Flower (passiflora incarnata)

An herbal anxiolytic (anti-anxiety herb). Soothes tension, nervous restlessness, irritability, insomnia (especially sleep onset), anxiety, depression, menopausal concerns, tachycardia (racing heart) - calms the body and mind. Safe for pregnancy and lactation, helps you relax to let milk flow. Also a host plant for many butterflies.



 
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Red Clover Leaves and Flowers

Helps keep us and our breasts or prostate healthy, with a generous supply of minerals (selenium, zinc), antioxidants, and ten times more phytoestrogens than soy. Detoxifying, reduces inflammation, contains isoflavones- antioxidants that combat cancer. Used to restore health to the entire reproductive system, promote conception, prevent cancer, and nourish a breastfeeding baby through your healthy, abundant milk. Popular for prevention and treatment of menopausal complaints such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.



 

Red Raspberry Leaves

The most famous of all herbs used during pregnancy. These leaves have relaxing, toning, and astringent actions with an affinity for the uterus. They help strengthen and tone the uterus and pelvic muscles, as well as the mucous membranes throughout the body, and digestive properties to quell nausea.  Raspberry leaves have been used throughout history to promote an easy childbirth by their actions on the smooth muscle of the uterus to reduce pain of contractions while making them more effective, thereby easing and shortening labor. Also boasts easily assimilated calcium, magnesium, and iron.



 

Rosehips

The beautiful red flecks of seed pods from roses which may nourish our immune system. Very high in vitamin C, which may prevent colds. May also prevent kidney stones and cancer, protect your stomach from ulcers, and reduce fluid retention during pregnancy.



 


 

Sage Leaf (Salvia Officinalis)

Promotes relaxation and cooling herb, central nervous system antidopaminergic action effective for anxiety and menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats. Not  for use in pregnancy or lactation.



 

Shatavari Root

This major ayurvedic herb is a nutritive adaptogenic (combats stressors) tonic, overall female tonic, hormone balancer, fertility tonic, lactation support tonic (to improve the quality and quantity of milk), and has been used as an aphrodisiac. Shatavari is particularly beneficial for women, as its constituents of steroidal saponins may make it an estrogen modulator and thereby help regulate the menstrual cycle for fertility, especially infertility is related to stress or depressed immune function. It may strengthen the immune system, enhances life longevity, and promotes overall health. Beneficial for mood issues, anxiety, depression, and to balance hormone changes (such as menopause). Used in traditional Chinese medicine for depression, anxiety, stress, and to calm. Safe for pregnancy and lactation.



 

Skullcap

Nervine relaxant, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), antiseizure, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerotic, sedative for sleep and nervous disorders - calms the mind and nervous system. Safe for lactation.



 

Spearmint Leaf

Soothes the stomach and helps quell nausea, flatulence (gas), abdominal spasms, and heartburn, and tasty. Digestive aid.



 

St. John's Wort

Named for Saint John the Baptist, who may have worn a girdle of this  for protection when he ventured into the wild. herbal antidepressant, primary treatment for mild to moderate depression in several European countries. Safe for pregnancy and lactation. Contraindicated with use of MAOIs and SSRIs due to its ability to induce cytochrome P4503A4, an enzyme which metabolizes drugs in the liver.



 

Valerian

Herbal sedative/anxiolytic for anxiety and sleep aid for insomnia. Anxiolytic properties attributed to valepotriates, may reduce reduce GABA degradation. Synergistic effect with other nervines. Bitter taste due to isovaleric acid.