HERBS ARE NATURE'S MEDICINE . . . and taking herbs for various WOMEN'S LIFE CYCLES are very important to creating a balanced and harmonious lifestyle. Because our bodies go through such profound changes during menses, pregnancy/childbirth and menopause, the comfort and ease of our life cycles (especially pregnancy and labor) can be facilitated with herbs specifically suited for the woman's feminine essence.
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To tone uterine muscles: red raspberry, apple peels, mint, blackberry and peach leaves (also reduces morning sickness).
To aid during childbirth: basil, lavender, nutmeg, red raspberry; squaw vine (taken during last two weeks).
To expel the placenta: chammomile, angelica root, pennyroyal, basil. Afterbirth, to restore the blood: alfalfa, comfrey; to heal placenta site: comfrey, plantain; to stop excess bleeding: yarrow, shepherd's purse, nettle.
Breastfeeding: bayberry, milkwort, chammomile, fennel, hops, blessed thistle, lavender. To increase milk production: fennel seeds, alfalfa, borage, anise/star anise seeds. To decrease milk: mugwort, sage, mullein, comfrey – for sore breasts use these as a leaf compress or tea.
As a mild, general tonic to soothe the nerves during menses: clover, chamomile, valerian root and mugwort.
To decrease the menstrual flow: cranesbill, white pine bark, yarrow, white oak bark, juniper berries, bay leaves, black cohosh, skullcap, rue and pennyroyal.
Also avoid juniper berries and parsley with kidney problems or inflammation.
AVOID DURING PREGNANCY: tansy, pennyroyal, rue, angelica.