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Pregnancy is a beautiful time where nourishing the body in preparation to give birth is very important.
Conventional prenatal vitamins that are not whole food based do not offer the bioavailability that herbs and whole food supplements offer. The body cannot use synthetic vitamins the way it can use actual food.
When I was pregnant, herbal tea was my lifeline for everything, including being a remedy for toothache during pregnancy. I needed the energy and stamina to get through my day and little baby was zapping it on a daily basis. Not only did pregnancy tea help me with all that but it also helped prepare my body for the big birth day!
Today I am bringing you a version of pregnancy tea that I used during my last pregnancy. It was inspired by great herbalists like Rosemary Gladstar, Susun Weed and Aviva Romm. This tea helps nourish both mother and baby.
Because some of the herbs have estrogenic properties, I prefer to use this during the second trimester and beyond. I use another blend for the first trimester or just a plain nettle infusion. *An tea infusion is made by steeping tea for 4 or more hours to make a more potent blend.
Each herb chosen has its own special part to play in this synergistic blend.
Here are the herbs used in DIY Pregnancy Tea.
Nettle Leaf – My favorite herb in the world! Provides nourishing, bioavailable nutrients like crucial calcium and magnesium, boosts immunity, aids in adrenal and thyroid function, is said to strengthen the baby in utero, helps relieve nausea, alleviates asthma and allergy symptoms, and so much more.
Red Raspberry Leaf – Tones the uterus, high in calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C. The ultimate pregnancy herb!
Red Clover – Helps keep hormones balanced, anti-inflammatory (omit if on blood thinners).
Oatstraw – Very nourishing, high in B vitamins, calcium, and silica which is a wonderful mineral for hair, skin, nails and bones. It’s also very calming to the nervous system and can help with stress and anxiety.
Lemon Balm – Uplifting and carminative (good for digestion), helps with stress and anxiety and promotes restful sleep. Also high in antioxidants and immune boosting (omit if on thyroid medication).
Alfalfa – Helps keep hormones balanced, good source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and essential amino acids just to name a few. It’s a nutrient-dense powerhouse!
Orange Peel – Catalyst that helps the other herbs work better together. Also carminative.
Anise Seed (or Fennel) – Carminative, aids digestion and relieves bloating, gas, acid reflux and indigestion. Also aromatic.
Rose Hips – Bioavailable vitamin C, helps with joint pain and sciatica, helps prevent urinary tract infections, is anti-inflammatory and helps keep the immune system healthy and strong.
Hibiscus Flowers – Bioavailable Vitamin C, helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels. (not for use during 1st trimester)
Spearmint – Catalyst herb, carminative and adds wonderful flavor.
This recipe is measured in parts. A part is anything you want it to be…a teaspoon, a cup, etc.
DIY Pregnancy Tea
To make a nourishing tea infusion:
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Natural remedies are wonderful for babies and toddlers!
In my home, natural remedies including herbs, homeopathy, and essential oils are what I’ve used for over a decade to take care of my family. It can be confusing at first to know what to do when your child isn’t feeling well, so Erin from Eat Real, Stay Sane has put together some info on remedies that can help.
When I was a new mom, I worried about every little sniffle and cough (most moms do right?) When Little Man was 9 months old, he had his first cold and developed a fever of 103. The fever had me worried, so I took him to his pediatrician.
The pediatrician told me he had a cold (DUH) and an ear infection. Poor kid! Of course the pediatrician prescribed me some antibiotics and thought I was crazy when I suggested we try to go a more natural route. The pediatrician also told me that there was nothing I could give him or really do to help him sleep or help with his congestion.
He was an utterly useless pediatrician and long story short, I never went back.
In fact, when my little man is sick now, I never take him to the pediatrician. I take him to our family chiropractor and master herbalist. I’ve received much better care and support with holistic doctors. We love holistic doctors at our house!
I’ve also turned into a wait and see kind of mom when Little Man gets the sniffles, instead of sprinting over to the pediatrician’s office demanding an appointment right away (okay I wasn’t that bad). Most of the time, the sniffles go away within a day or two, especially when I start pumping him full of immune boosting syrup.
I want to share with you how I help my little one feel better the all-natural way when he has a cold. You don’t have to just let them suffer or give them unnecessary drugs like my pediatrician seemed to think.
Now, just to let you know, I do buy some stuff from the store that isn’t 100% perfect but they are very close.
Here are my top 10 all-natural cold remedies for babies and toddlers