{{ Herbs & Pregnancy }}

{{ Herbs & Pregnancy }}
There is a lot of confusion, and sometimes even fear, around taking herbs during pregnancy.
Yet herbs have been used during pregnancy since the times of Ancient Egypt. Pregnancy and birth herb-lore is a part of a wise woman wisdom legacy that has been culturally and systematically suppressed, so for this reason it is important that we talk about it.
Of course, herbs are powerful, and safety is paramount. There are DEFINITELY herbs to avoid during pregnancy.
These include herbs with a stimulating, or downwards-bearing action such as laxatives, emmenagogues (herbs that bring on a period) and uterine stimulants.
Examples are Safflower, Mugwort, Yarrow, Angelica, Wormwood, Licorice and Rue.
Yet there are a range of common pregnancy conditions that can benefit from safe, gentle botanical support as an alternative to pharmaceutical intervention.
Here are some of our safe, go-to botanicals for some of the things women experience in pregnancy ::

Nausea and Vomiting :: Ginger root tea
Colds :: Echinacea root tincture & Ginger root tea
Yeast infections :: Garlic (if dipped in olive oil) or Calendula oil suppository
Iron deficiency anaemia :: Nettles
General Uterine support :: Red Raspberry leaf (Monday's monograph!)
For daily support, herbal teas that can be used include Red raspberry, Spearmint, Chamomile, Lemon balm, Nettle and Rose hips.
As a general rule, if you want to use herbs during pregnancy, especially to treat a specific symptom, it’s a good idea to do this in conjunction with a knowledgable therapist.
Herbal support during pregnancy is totally up to you!
Whether you use herbs or not, the point is that you have access to information, a choice and above all, a voice - this is what empowered birth and pregnancy is all about.
And of course, the most valuable wisdom we have is in the community. We would LOVE to hear about your experience.
Did you use herbs during pregnancy, birth and post-partum?
What worked for you, and what didn’t?
We are so much more powerful when we share our wisdom. Comment below and we can all learn from each other! 👇🏽

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