Herbs and Pregnancy

Herbs and Pregnancy

Many herbs stimulate the uterus and are unsafe for women who are pregnant. These herbs should be avoided by women of childbearing age:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Angelica
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Barberry
  • Black Cohosh
  • Celery Seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Devil's Claw
  • Goldseal
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper
  • Male Fern
  • Mandrake
  • Parsley Seed
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pokeweed
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sage
  • Southernwood
  • Tansy
  • Thuja
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow

There are many other herbs that are many other herbs that are known to be helpful during pregnancy and after delivery. Some are also good for the baby, such as calendula cream for diaper rash and fennel for colic.

*Land Cress
Taken for vitamins and minerals. Do not use the seeds.
*Raspberry Leaf Used to tone the uterus.
*Chamomile (infusion 1 cup before rising)
*Ginger (tincture-up to 1ml/day, 2-3 drops at a time)
*Peppermint (tincture-2 ml in hot water 3x daily)
*Black Horehound (tincture-2 ml in hot water 3x daily)
Taken for morning sickness.
Goldenseal Taken during labor to assist the uterus. Never take during pregnancy.
St. John's Wort (apply an oil infusion to the area, or add a strong infusion to a hip bath) Use the oil with added lavender to heal the perineum after birth.
Oats Prepare a tincture to use for postpartum depression.
Milk Thistle
After delivery, these herbs can be used to promote milk production.
Sage Used to reduce milk production when weaning.
Fennel For baby's colic.
Cabbage Leaves
Bruise and apply externally for relief of mastitis.
Borage An infusion will aid in mild production in breastfeeding mothers.
Calendula Cream Prepare a cream to use for diaper rash and cracked nipples.
Caraway As a tincture or infusion, can help ease labor pains and stimulate the flow of breast milk.

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