Drinking two or three cups per day of the following herbal mixture will add substantially to the mother’s health throughout pregnancy and lessen pain and bleeding during birth. These herbs are primarily nutritive in nature, providing much-needed vitamins and minerals in a form that the body can easily assimilate. The tea should be taken postpartum as well, to help tone the uterus and build a healthy milk supply. Most people find the tea mild and pleasant tasting. If you find it unpleasant, try drinking one cup every day anyway. If you really can’t drink it, there are other forms of the herbs (pills or tinctures) which can be substituted.
Red Raspberry Leaves contain vitamins A, B, and E, as well as calcium, phosphorous, iron and an acid neutralizer. Helps tone the uterus.
Nettles are a blood-cleansing and blood-building herb with high iron content. It is very nourishing to kidneys and liver. Relieves or prevents vascular problems common during pregnancy. Helps build a good milk supply.
The following herbs may be added to the above mixture for variety:
Alfalfa contains vitamins A, B12, D, and E, as well as calcium and phosphorous. Hight in Vatamin K so it helps the blood clot. Great for the milk supply.
Rose Hips contain the entire vitamin C complex. Good for vascular problems (hemorrhoids, varicose veins) and to boost the immune system. Recommended for Rh- women and for fighting infections.
Spearmint is soothing to the stomach, aids in digestions, and lends a pleasant taste to the mixture. A little goes a long way. *If you are taking homeopathic remedies, you should leave the spearmint out while the remedies are still active in your system, as mint can antidote some remedies. Once a remedy has completed its curative action, you don’t need to worry about antidoting it.
Red Clover is a blood-purifying herb that can be added from time to time. It is especially good during acute illnesses and for high blood pressure.
Directions: Combine 1 part red raspberry leaves to one part nettles. Add some or all of the optional herbs, if desired. Measure approximately two handfuls of herbs to two quarts of water. Use a glass or other non-metal (aluminum is the worst) container with a lid. A half-gallon mason jar is perfect. Cover the herbs with almost-boiling water and cap tightly. Steep this mixture from four to eight hours. Pour the mixture through a strainer and discard the herbs. The tea will stay fresh for up to five days if kept in the refrigerator. A small amount of fruit juice (try grape, apple, raspberry) can be added as a sweetener, if you like. There is no right or wrong way to make the tea. Play with it a bit, until you find a mixture that suits you.
Sources for Recommended Herbs: Herbs should be organic or wild-crafted and fresh (dried is fine, but no more than one year old). If the packaging doesn’t say “organic” or “wild-crafted”, it isn’t. I don’t know of any pre-packaged (i.e. already in a tea bag) organic source for the Pregnancy Tea. Older herbs often have a funky flavor and the tea will appear cloudy. Make sure that your supplier doesn’t sell herbs that have been sitting on the shelf for a long time. If so, mail-order them from one of the companies below. Mail-ordering herbs by the pound is significantly less expensive than purchasing smaller quantities from your local health food store. All herbs should be stored in air-tight containers, in a cool, dark place. Exposure to sunlight and temperature extremes (such as above the stove) will age your herbs more quickly.
Good Mail Order Sources of Herbs:
Blessed Herbs 109 Barre Plains Rd. Oakham, MA 01068 800-489-4372
Herb Pharm P.O. Box 116 Williams, OR 97544 800-348-4372 herb-pharm.com