Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Homemade pregnancy brew

Adrian van Leen
This is a recipe for pregnancy tea that my doula, Karen Kelly (now a midwife!) shared with me.  I ordered the individual dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and there were enough to last through my multiple pregnancies and several gifts to other expectant moms. It is much more cost effective than buying store bought pregnancy tea bags, you know that you have fresh organic ingredients, and you know that it is the right combination of herbs. This mineral rich tea is also a great tea for labor, after birth and lactation!

Pregnancy Brew

  • 8 parts Red Raspberry leaf 
  • 3 parts Alfalfa herb 
  • 3 parts Peppermint leaf 
  • 2 parts Nettle leaf
Simply add in 1 to 2 tsps of the premixed herbs to 1 cup of hot water. And let it steep for 5 to 10 mins. Sweeten with raw honey if you desire. Drink daily from 16 weeks on!

Red Raspberry leaf
  • used as a basic herbal foundation for all female organs and problems.
  • decreases profuse menstrual flow (when you are not pregnant!).
  • strengthens wall of uterus and entire female reproductive system.
  • good during all stages of pregnancy. It is used to relieve nausea, prevent nausea, prevents spotting, to tone the uterus in preparation for childbirth. Has been used as a preventative for hemorrhaging during labor. Assists labor, reduce the pain of childbirth, makes delivery easier and faster, and relieves after pains. Tones and regulates before, during and after childbirth. It is effective in restoring the womb after delivering.
  • increases and enriches milk for lactation, can be combined with marshmallow tea.
  • positive medicinal affects on men, like increase fertility.
  • good for stomachaches, bowel problems, vomiting and flu in children. Fordiarrhea in babies.
  • soothing to stomach and bowels and cankerous conditions of mucous membranes in the alimentary canal.
  • high mineral and vitamin source. An excellent herb source of manganese.

  • means “Father of all Foods.” It has been called the King of plants because it is extremely rich in minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, and trace elements. And it is a good source of Vitamin C, niacin, Vitamin B-1, beta- carotene (Vitamin A, which strengthen the epithelial cells of the mucous membranes of the stomach) and Vitamin K (the blood clotting vitamin which has been known to help peptic ulcers).
  • has eight of the essential amino acids and the highest chlorophyll content of any plant.
  • contains natural fluorides, prevents tooth decay and helps rebuild decayed teeth.
  • a folk medicine for all inflammations including arthritis and rheumatism.
  • It is also thought to be hypocholesterolemic and hypoglycemic. It is most popular as a blood purifier.
  • contains the digestive enzyme betaine, aid the process of digestion.
  • a detoxifier of the blood. The high molecular weight alcohols (octacosanol) help to reduce cholesterol and serum lipids while the coumarin derivatives provide an antothrombotic effect.
  • the flavonoids relax the smooth muscles and alkaloids reduce blood sugar levels. These systemic effects are accompanied by the regulating effects the saponins have on colonic flora.
  • lower blood pressure and balance estrogenic hormones.
  • used to treat debility, anorexia, arthritis, weak digestion, hypertension and gout.

  • one of the oldest and most popular remedies for simple colic and minor bloat in children and adults. It promotes relaxation.
  • good for all digestive problems, helps stomach pain caused by indigestion and is soothing to the stomach. It expels stomach and colon gas.
  • excellent for fevers, flu, colds, diarrhea, ulcers, and colitis.
  • strengthens nerves and heart muscles.
  • cleanses and tones the body.
  • can be used instead of aspirin for headaches. And it stimulates blood circulation.
  • useful for relieving muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, nausea and loss of appetite.

Nettle leaf
  • stimulate hair growth.
  • a blood purifier.
  • contains bitter compounds that increase the production of urine.
  • has mild laxative effect
  • increase the efficiency of liver and kidney function.
  • treat imbalances of the mucous membranes.
  • has traditionally been used to treat asthma, ulcers, bronchitis, jaundice, nephritis, hemorrhoids and spasmodic dysmenorrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, inflammatory skin conditions, diarrhea.
  • contains astringent compounds that shrink inflamed tissues and stop bleeding.
  • a significant source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and minerals including calcium, silicon, and potassium chloride; protein, and dietary fiber.

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