My midwives always prescribe this in place (or in addition to) prenatal vitamins.
1 part Nettle leaf
2 part Alfalfa leaf cut
2 part Red Raspberry leaf
1 part oatstraw
1/2 part Rosehips (or chamomile & lavendar)
It’s a good tea for any woman actually.
Rose hips are reported to have up to 60 percent more vitamin C than citrus fruit and are rich in bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are important to build and strengthen body tissue. This in turn strengthens the vascular system.
Rose hips are taken by many today as a natural way to get vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K, and help to prevent and treat various infections, especially colds and flu. Rose hips are also taken to quicken the healing process for bruises and skin irritations.
In addition to vitamins C, E, and K, rose hips contain calcium, citric acid, iron, niacin, phosphorus, tannin, vitamin A, B1, B2, and P. As a natural stimulant it gently allows movement of the bowels, as diuretic rose hips cleanse the urinary system, as a pectoral hips are a remedy for pulmonary and other lung diseases, and as a tonic the rose hips strengthen organs.
Stressed and tired? Rose hips will help. Nervousness? Try rose hips for relief. As a matter of fact, rose hips provide innumerable health benefits from skin, to the immune system, to the bladder. Studies have even shown that rose hips can help prevent the development of kidney stones and prevent diarrhea. Additional studies have proven rose hips are helpful to the circulatory system, respiratory system, the thymus gland and as a blood cleanser.
Other health benefits include lowering abnormal body heat, relieving thirst, healing of internal hemorrhaging or spitting of blood, aid for dysentery, strengthens the stomach, prevents and helps relief chest infections and coughs, cleans the kidneys and bladder, prevents fluid retention, helps with gout and rheumatic conditions and nourishes the skin.
The known benefits of organic nettles leaf are extensive, as this plant has truly been used for centuries on end. Currently, there are several well-known, well-documented benefits of organic nettles, including:
Female tonic, especially for young women beginning menstruation and older women in menopause.
May assist the body in the detoxification of chemicals and heavy metals
Helps to reduce water retention, and is particularly helpful for PMS and menorrhagia, a condition where there is heavy menstrual flow in women.
Helps Stimulate mothers milk, and increases energy after childbirth.
Natural testosterone booster which aids in increased vitality in men.
Diuretic that increases uric acid secretion, while at the same time, resisting nighttime bathroom urges. Great for urinary problems and bed-wetting issues.4
Sterols, one component of nettles, reduce the activity of DHT, a type of testosterone, causing enlarged prostate.5
Anti-inflammatory capacities act to help many of the symptoms related to arthritis. The robust amounts of boron and silicon minerals reduce pain of osteoarthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The leaves can be made into a paste to be rubbed directly on painful areas of skin for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Anti-hemorrhaging qualities for internal bleeding, as well as small cuts and wounds
Anti-asthmatic for both bronchial and asthmatic difficulties, helping to clear constricted bronchial and nasal passages6
Magnesium components moderates the pain of Fibromyalgia
Contains natural antihistamines. Wonderful for hay fever and allergies
Natural kidney and adrenal-gland tonic
Besides these historical uses of the plant, the known benefits of organic alfalfa leaf are considerable. Here are some of the well-documented beneficial uses of the plant 3,4,5,6
•Excellent natural laxative and diuretic
•Detoxification of the urinary tract, and urinary tract infections
•Reduces excess water retention in the bladder
•Excellent natural source of vitamin K
•Well-known blood and liver purifier of chemicals and heavy metals
•Eases joint problems, skin issues and foul breath
•Has a strong alkaline effect on the body
•Excellent neutralizer for the acids in the intestinal tract
•Eases general digestive problems, gastritis and indigestion
•Reduces migraine headaches through combined high magnesium and calcium levels
•Contains bioflavonoids that stop the inflammation of the stomach lining.
•Contains high levels of enzymes for food digestion and assimilation
•Lowers bad forms of cholesterol, and reduces the incidence of atherosclerotic plaques
•Stabilizes blood sugar levels, particularly when taken in conjunction with manganese
•Improves pituitary gland functioning
•Stimulates the immune-system
•High level of vitamin K adds to the effective healing of bleeding gums and nosebleeds
•High bioflavonoid count increases blood capillary strength
•High levels of Vitamin K2 may partially prevent bone loss due to lack of estrogen in menopausal women
Red Raspberry Leaf –
They have been used in connection with the common cold, sore throats, diarrhea, pregnancy, and postpartum support.
In pregnancy it was traditionally used to help with nausea, ease labor and delivery, and post- partum recovery. It is also helpful for regulating menstrual period and controlling diarrhea.
Red raspberry leaf with its high content of vitamins and minerals like, vitamin A, B, C and E, potassium, phosphorus and calcium, can promote the overall health and well being of a woman during pregnancy. Therefore, red raspberry leaf tea is considered as a tonic for pregnant women, that can boost their overall health and the immune system. Apart from vitamins and minerals, the leaf contains carotenoids and alkaloids like fragrine. The alkaloid fragrine has been found to tone the muscles of the pelvic region and uterus, so that the process of delivery becomes easier, faster and less painful.
However, red raspberry leaf tea does not induce labor directly. Instead, it strengthens the muscles of the pelvic and uterus, so that they can contract more efficiently during labor which is why there is widespread use of red raspberry leaf tea to induce labor. In other words, the tea can promote uterine contractions during childbirth and also help to reduce the pain experienced during and after labor. In addition to these, red raspberry tea leaf can promote better blood circulation, ease morning sickness, prevent postpartum hemorrhage, relieve constipation, prevent miscarriages and promote lactation and bone development in the baby.
Red raspberry leaf is also known for its effect on fertility. The leaves of raspberry plant are believed to cure infertility in both men and women. Therefore, along with pregnant women, those wanting to get pregnant also take red raspberry leaf tea as a tonic. The leaf is sometimes, combined with red clover to enhance its benefits for fertility. Women, especially those having menstrual irregularities can take this leaf or the tea to regulate their menstrual cycle, and reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Other Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Apart from the pregnant women, people with certain ailments or health problems can too benefit from the red raspberry leaf tea. Some of the most well known red raspberry leaf tea benefits are:
•The leaves of red raspberry plant has astringent properties, for which it can constrict the intestinal tissues to provide relief in diarrhea and soothe inflammation of the intestine.
•Red raspberry leaf tea can be an effective herbal remedy for sore throat, irritation of the oral cavity and gum diseases.
•It can also help to prevent dehydration, and lower the level of blood sugar in diabetic patients.
•Apart from these, red raspberry leaf tea can be used to treat flu, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, fever and rubella.
Oat straw –
With its sweet, delicate flavor, it may be surprising to learn of the strengthening ability of oat straw. This herb fortifies not only the nerves, but also bones and teeth, the lungs, and the circulatory system. It supports the endocrine system, and stabilizes blood sugar levels. Oat straw nourishes the skin, hair, and nails. It is hard to turn away from the soothing promise of oat straw tea.
For any nervous disorder, oat straw tea can be used on a daily basis. It nourishes and rejuvenates the nerves, alleviating feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as emotional disturbances such as grief or exhaustion. Its nutritive content is a perfect cocktail for a weakened nervous system. Calcium, magnesium, zinc, and the B-complex vitamins all are necessary for mental well-being.
Through nerve support, oat straw actually increases sensory sensitivity. It allows both the body and the mind to reach a state of calm relaxation.