Red Raspberry Leaf, Spearmint
Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry is the best known, most widely used, and safest of all uterine and pregnancy tonic herbs. It contains fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself.
Most of the benefits ascribed to regular use of Raspberry tea through pregnancy are traced to the nourishing source of vitamins and minerals found in this plant and to the strengthening power of fragrine - an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. Of special note are the rich concentration of vitamin C, the presence of vitamin E and the easily assimilated calcium and iron. Raspberry leaves also contain vitamins A and B complex and many minerals, including phosphorus and potassium.
The benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include:
~ Increasing fertility in both men and women. Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.
~ Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.
~ Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to raspberry leaves' gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.
~ Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.
~ Assisting in the production of plentiful breast milk. The high mineral content of Raspberry leaf assists in milk production, but its astringency may counter that for some women.
~ Raspberry leaf works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. Contrary to what some people believe, It does not strengthen contractions, but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively and so may make the birth easier and faster. After more than 20 living and years supporting others in the Wise Woman Way of Health and Healing, and attending over 300 women in birth, I can say with great assuredness, this herbal remedy is extremely nourshing, and a bit tonifying, like gentle exercise to the uterus, and is a superb ally to help heal after miscarriage, to help prevent and heal issues before and during pregancy, and to help ease cramps during menstruation.
Thank you to my mentor and teacher Susun Weed for all the workshops, books, and sharing a great portion of this knowledge and information.
SPEARMINT (Mentha spicata)
Just a touch of spearmint in this blend helps with nausea, indigestion and headaches, lifts the spirits, brightens and awakens without caffeine, smells pleasant and tastes yummy!
To make a nourishing infusion:
~ Place 1/2 cup of dried herb in a quart canning jar.
~ Fill to the top with boiling water.
~ Lid gently and let it steep for at least four hours or overnight.
~ Then strain.
~ Drink liquid portion hot, cold, or in between.
~ Refrigerate what you don't consume at once; use within 48 hours.
All of my products are made with the freshest, highest quality, either organic or sustainable ingredients, wild-crafted from mother earth when possible, and created with intentions of healing, prayers of peace, and blessings of love.
Please use these products within 3 months.
May you feel and receive the care and connection within each sip, touch, sight or smell.
Sweet Blessings, Lori