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Herbs For Pregnancy, Nursing & Weaning

Post by Archangel on Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:15 pm

Useful Herbs in Pregnancy
The following list of herbs have been used traditionally for various reasons during pregnancy. Choosing which herbs to use depends on individual circumstances. It is not necessary to use all the herbs in the hopes of avoiding all possible problems that may occur during a pregnancy. Use only those herbs, singly or in combinations as teas or tinctures, which fit your needs. As always be in contact with your health practitioner if you are experiencing serious problems or discomfort.
The information given is not meant to be used to diagnose a problem, and the herbs listed here work well in combination with allopathic medicine. It may be necessary to use more than one medical system to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) -- rich in calcium, trace minerals and vitamins E, K, and carotene
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) -- tones uterus; regulates contractions at birth; -- use only during third trimester
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium) -- helps relieve leg cramps; helps prevent possible miscarriage
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) --tones uterus; regulates contractions at birth; -- use only during third trimester
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) -- reduces constipation with regular use; calming -- 1-2 cups daily; avoid high doses
Cleavers (Galium aparine) -- diuretic to reduce edema (fluid build up esp. in feet and wrists; helps decrease high blood pressure
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) -- antispasmodic (relieves muscle cramps); helps prevent possible miscarriage
Dandelion Root & Leaf (Taraxacum officinales) -- rich mineral source; root tea or tincture decreases constipation; root & leaf tea are diuretic decreasing edema and raised blood pressure
False Unicorn Root, a.k.a. Helonias Root (Chamaelirium luteum) -- helps prevent possible miscarriage; eases nausea
Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare) -- reduces constipation, carminative (relieves excess gas)
Ginger (Zingibar officinalis) -- relieves nausea; -- very high amounts may lead to miscarriage
Hawthorn (Cratageus spp.) -- improves circulation; decreases high blood pressure
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) -- rich mineral and silica content for strong bones; long-term use requires thiamine (vitamin B1) supplementation
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) -- calming; relieves nausea -- 1-2 cups daily; avoid high doses
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) -- calming; relieves nausea; carminative
Nettles (Urtica dioica) -- rich mineral source
Partridge Berry, a.k.a. Squaw Vine (Mitchella repens) -- tones uterus to prepare for birth
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) -- carminative
Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) -- tones uterus; improves contractions; decreases constipation
Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia) -- calming
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) -- relieves contipation; nourishing
Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) -- relieves uterine pains
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Re: Herbs For Pregnancy, Nursing & Weaning

Post by Archangel on Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:16 pm

Herbs to Avoid in Pregnancy
The following list of herbs are considered unsafe to use internally during pregnancy due either to their actions on reproductive organs or because of certain naturally-occurring substances found in them. Herbs listed as anthraquinone laxatives should be avoided due to their stimulating effects on smooth muscle which can include uterine tissue causing a potential miscarriage. Herbs listed as uterine stimulants should be avoided for the same reason. Herbs listed as abortifacients have a strong potential to cause a miscarriage. Herbs listed as emmenagogues help promote and regulate menstruation, something to avoid in pregnancy. The herbs listed as having alkaloids, bitter principles or essential oils in them should not be used because of the effects these principles have on functions in the body of the mother or the fetus. Culinary herbs like oregano and thyme are safe in the small amounts used in cooking but not in the larger doses used for teas or tinctures. If you are unsure about an herb or what a safe amount is, it is best to avoid the herb or seek the advice of a herbal practitioner or naturopath.

Aloe (Aloe spp.) -- anthraquinone laxative
American Mandrake (Podophyllum peltatum) -- uterine stimulant; abortifacient
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) --alkaloids and bitter principles
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) --uterine stimulant; may use to prepare for labor in last 5-6 weeks of pregnancy.
Blue Cohosh (first 2 trimesters) (Caulophyllum thalictroides) --uterine stimulant; may use to prepare for labor in last 5-6 weeks of pregnancy; black cohosh is better choice.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) --uterine stimulant; alkaloids and bitter principles
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) -- anthraquinone laxative
Calamus (Acorus calamus) --uterine stimulant; bitter principles and essential oils
Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana) --anthraquinone laxative; uterine stimulant; emmenogogue(regulates menstruation)
Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens) --uterine stimulant; essential oils
Celandine (Chelidonium majus) -- alkaloids and bitter principles
Cinchona -- alkaloids and bitter principles
Cotton-root Bark (Gossypium herbaceum) --emmenogogue
Docks (curled) (Rumex crispus) --anthraqinone laxative
Ephedra (Ephedra vulgaris) --alkaloids and bitter principles
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) --uterine stimulant; essential oils
Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) -- uterine stimulant
Flax Seed (Linum usitatissimum) --uterine stimulant
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) --emmenagogue, uterine stimulant
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) --uterine stimulant; alkaloids and bitter principles
Juniper (Juniperus communis) --essential oils and bitter principles
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) --essential oils and bitter principles
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue
Marjoram (therapeutic doses) (Oreganum vulgare) --essential oils
Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) --uterine stimulant; bitter principles
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue; abortifacient
Meadow Saffron (Colchicum autumnale) --bitter principles; laxative; emetic
Mistletoe (Viscum album) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) --emmenagogue, uterine stimulant
Oregano (therapeutic doses) (Origanum vulgare) --essential oils
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue; essential oil
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue; abortifacient
Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue
Poke Root (Phytolacca americana) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue; abortifacient
Rhubarb (Rheum spp.) --emmenogogue;uterine stimulant; alkaloids
Rosemary (therapeutic doses) (Rosmarinus officinalis) --essential oils
Rue (Ruta graveolens) --emmenogogue
Sage (Salvia officinalis) --uterine stimulant; essential oils; bitter principles
Senna (cassia acutifolia) -- anthraquinone laxative; emmenogogue; uterine stimulant
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue; abortifacient
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue; essential oils
Thyme (therapeutic doses) (Thymus vulgaris) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue; essential oils
Wild Cherry (Prunus serotina) --uterine stimulant; bitter principles
Wormwood (Artemisia spp.) --uterine stimulant; emmenogogue; abortifacient
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) --emmenogogue; essentials oils; bitter principles
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Post by Archangel on Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:17 pm

Useful Herbs When Nursing
The Following Herbs Are SAFE for Nursing Mothers:

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)-- stimulates milk production; especially in combination with red raspberry leaves
Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)-- use cream or ointment externally on sore nipples between feedings
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)-- calming; useful in colic; both mother and baby can benefit from tea; helps with teething pain
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)-- stimulates milk flow; relieves colic and gas
Goat's Rue (Galega officinalis)-- stimulates milk production
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)-- calming; relieves gas pains
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Useful Herbs for Weaning
All of the following herbs will help stop milk production but It is still a good idea to wean gradually to give your body a chance to adjust.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) -- large amounts
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Periwinkle Herb (Vinca minor)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
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