TIP: As RRL is higher in tannin content, if tannins adversely affect you try preparing your herbal teas as a COLD infusion to minimize the tannins.
*Increasing fertility in both men and women. Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.
*Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.
*Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to raspberry leaf's gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.
*Reducing pain during labour and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labour and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.
*Providing a safe and speedy parturition. Raspberry leaf works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It does not strengthen contractions, but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively and so may make the birth easier and faster.
*Assisting in the production of plentiful breast milk. The high mineral content of Raspberry leaf assist in milk production, but its astringency may counter that for some women.
*Easily assimilated content of calcium and magnesium, to relieve leg cramps.
*Also high in iron, the leaves and berries help prevent anemia.
Less well known as a pregnancy tonic but deserving a wider reputation and use. Nettle is one of the finest nourishing tonics known. It is reputed to have more chlorophyll than any other herb. The list of vitamins and minerals in this herb includes nearly every one known to be necessary for human health and growth. 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, which is very important during pregnancy since your kidney's have to work twice as hard to support your increased blood volume, and adrenals. Also Nettle relieves fluid retention and supports the vascular system, it can prevent varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Postpartum, it increases breast milk. Nettle tea has a rich, green taste and can be mixed with other herbs.
*Aiding the kidneys. Since the kidneys must cleanse 150percent of the normal blood supply for most of the pregnancy, nettle's ability to nourish and strengthen them is of major importance. Any accumulation of minerals in the kidneys, such as gravel or stones is gently loosened, dissolved and eliminated by the consistent use of nettle infusions.
* Increasing fertility in women and men.
* Nourishing mother and fetus.
* Easing leg cramps and other spasms.
* Diminishing pain during and after birth. The high calcium content, which is readily assimilated, helps diminish muscle pains in the uterus, in the legs and elsewhere.
* Preventing hemorrhage after birth. Nettle is a superb source or vitamin K, and increased available hemoglobin, both of which decrease the likelihood of postpartum hemorrhage. Fresh Nettle Juice, in teaspoon doses, slows postpartum bleeding.
* Reducing hemorrhoids. Nettle's mild astringency and general nourishing action tightens and strengthens blood vessels, helps maintain arterial elasticity and improves venous resilience.
* Increasing the richness and amount of breast milk.
Dandelion leaf tea increases digestion and promotes bile to relieve constipation. It is one of the best herbs for cleansing and strengthening the liver, our main detoxifying organ. The liver breaks down hormones no longer needed by the body after birth, and any drugs that may have been given at birth. Containing calcium and iron, roasted dandelion leaf’s coffee-like flavor, is an excellent morning beverage. Add a handful of the fresh leaves, high in vitamin A, to other greens in salads.
*Preventing and treating pre-eclampsia and strengthening the liver. (Poor functioning of the liver is both symptomatic and a causative of pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a serious issue that requires medical attention.).
*Gentle diuretic, helping the body to eliminate excess water retention, which is so common during pregnancy. Unlike typical diuretics, though, Dandelion Leaf will not rob the body of important nutrients, but will instead supply and feed the body with it's readily-available vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, folic acid and iron.
*It helps the kidneys function better and also helps to prevent and correct anemia.
OATSTRAW (Avena sativa)
Did you know during pregnancy your body can absorb TWICE as much calcium than when you aren't pregnant?! Really that's amazing. Consider how beneficial this is information is for when you are postpartum, lactating and go into menopause. A single cup of of Oatstraw infusion contains more than 300mg of calcium. It is really important to take advantage of this limited window opportunity. Oatstraw is rich in calcium, it is sometimes referred to as "Milky Oats". Oatstraw contains vitamins B, C, D, E and K plus cartotenes and many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chromium and silica. Silica is one of the go to minerals for weak and thinning hair & nails. Milky Oats in tincture form is great reliable nerve tonic, especially for nervous exhaustion and is commonly combined with chamomile, passion flower or lavender. Combined with Dandelion it is my go to remedy for women struggling with PUPPPS. It is safe for pregnancy and nursing.
Lemon Balm, commonly known as "Melissa, is a mint with a distinctly lemony scent. It originated in Southern Europe but is now found in many parts of the world. The leaves, stems and flowers of the Lemon Balm plant have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes. The term "balm" in refers to balsam, the ancient world's most important sweet-smelling oils. For thousands of years herbalists used lemon balm to treat any kind of disorder of the central nervous system. The terpenes of the Lemon Balm, part of its pleasant smelling essential oils, produce this herb's relaxing and gas-relieving effects.
*Lemon Balm Tea can be used to fight insomnia and sleeping difficulties.
*Lemon Balm Tea can be used to treat nerve pain.
*Lemon Balm Tea helps in alleviating disorders of the digestive tract and gas problems.
*Lemon Balm Tea may help in the treatment of thyroid-related problems, though caution should be exercised by those on thyroid hormone treatment.
*Lemon Balm Tea may help in strengthening memory and other brain functions.
*Lemon Balm Tea may help in enhancing and improving the mood.
1 heaping handful of loose herbs (leaves), is about 1 ounce in weight. 1 ounce of herbs per quart makes an infusion. Infusions also taste great iced!
1) Medical Herbalism, The Reproductive System
2) Childbearing Year, Susan Weed
3) Natural Pregnancy Book, Aviva Romm