Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and scary times in a young Mama's life. We worry about everything especially what is safe to consume and what isn't. I've put together a short list of some of the most commonly favored herbs to drink as a tea while pregnant. These herbs not only help keep a Mama hydrated but come with other health benefits.
Red Raspberry Leaf- Tones the uterus, helps to prevent miscarriage, eases morning sickness, assists in creating an ample amount of colostrum and breast milk.
Lemon Balm- tasty, herb that is mildly relaxing which can be a wonderful aid to the Mommy to be. It’s also a wonderful herb to help with all stomach upset, especially when combined with ginger. It’s a mild anti histamine and can relieve seasonal allergies especially when combined with tulsi and nettle.
Nettle- helps the kidneys function at optimal levels, Nourishing herb that is a bio-available source of iron, calcium and vitamin K. Reduces the chance of a hemorrhage after birth. Strengthens the blood veins and reduces chances for hemorrhoids. Increases breast milk production.
Fennel- A great sweetener to add to other tea blends but also helps with morning sickness.
Oat straw- A super mild tasting rich source of calcium and magnesium which makes it a great source to calm nervous tension. It can be combined with Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Tulsi and Ginger. It’s a wonderful herb to help increase milk production too.
Chamomile- Chamomile is one of the most famous and often drunk teas around the world! Even Peter Rabbit’s mama gives him a cup to calm his nerves and stomach. It’s renown for it’s wonderful way with a nervous tummy due to morning sickness or stress. I prefer this tea iced but love to soak in the goodness in a bath.
Strawberry Leaf- Strawberry leaves are similar in the toning action of red raspberry on the uterus and right now is the perfect time to take advantage of it. I like to buy a pound of organic strawberries and cut off the leaves and a small chunk of the fruit. I then pour boiling water over the leaves and fruit and wait for it to cool to room temperature, then strain and serve over ice! YUM
Ginger Root- A slightly warming herb that has been used to help with morning sickness or digestive issues for well over a thousand years. It also packs a punch against colds and flu viruses by warming up the body to fight the invading illness.
Alfalfa- Loaded with vitamins A, D, E and K, this herb is a powerhouse to drink and mix in with any of the other teas.
Tulsi- One of the supreme herbs for helping the body adapt to stressors and fighting histamine in the body.
Wife, Mom, herbalist and friend. Feel free to change the order of the description to fit your needs, I do several times a day.