Herbs are frequently used during pregnancy. However, not all plants are appropriate during this delicate period.
Anise, fennel, sea buckthorn, common heather, wild catnip, rosehip, meadowsweet, fireweed, coriander, chamomile, cumin, rowan, mint, lingonberry, and blackcurrant, for example, are all edible herbs.
Ginger is an excellent anti-nausea remedy. One clinical study found that consuming 1500 mg of dried ginger for four days relieved morning sickness symptoms in 120 pregnant women (over 20 weeks of pregnancy). The study also found that babies born to mothers who ate ginger while pregnant had a normal birth weight.
Chamomile is a mild sedative that also helps with digestion. It's been known to help with morning sickness.
In Norway, the use of cranberries was investigated. Cranberries were one of the most commonly used plants during pregnancy, according to a study of 400 women after childbirth, primarily for the prevention of urinary tract infections.
Cowberry leaves are effective at reducing edema. A birch leaf bath can also help to reduce swelling in the feet.
Raspberry tea is high in calcium and magnesium, which aids in the body's preparation for childbirth. Raspberry tea relaxes the pelvic floor and helps the cervix open more easily, so it should only be consumed near the end of pregnancy.
It is not advisable to drink the same herbal tea for an extended period. Herbs should not be taken with strong synthetic drugs like antibiotics or blood pressure medications.
Herbs can be picked with great success on your own. The herbs should be stored in a sealed glass jar in a dark and cool place after drying. It's also worth remembering that plant power fades over time, and the average shelf life is one year.
It's a good idea to use first press oils on your tummy to avoid stretch marks.
Herbs during pregnancy, what to definitely avoid?
The essential oil of yarrow contains thujone, which can cause miscarriage. It's also not advised if you're breastfeeding.
Oregano has been linked to miscarriage and bleeding.
Nettle, bird grass, and thistle thicken the blood.
Parsley is a powerful muscle stimulator that has been linked to miscarriage. In the past, healers used parsley to induce abortion. When parsley is consumed in large quantities, it can lead to premature birth.
Calendula tea taken in excess can cause palpitations.
What to do after childbirth?
St. John's wort oil can be used to lubricate the external delivery route after childbirth to speed up the recovery process. Drinking a lady's mantle tea can help a new mother heal her wounds.
To increase milk secretion, drink nettle, cumin, oregano, or fennel tea.
A cabbage leaf compress can help with breast inflammation.
Clensik, is a super nice meadowsweet oil from MaiWistik. It's Estonia's first 2-in-1 make-up remover and faces oil, and it's also great for stretch mark prevention and nipple care. Meadowsweet improves, strengthens, and soothes the skin.