Herbs for Nursing Moms
Several traditional herbs that excel in safety and effectiveness are listed below.
ELEUTHERO — RESTORES ENERGY
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) is a sweet, bitter, and mildly warm tasting herb made from the root and leaves of Eleutherococcus senticosus.
It has been used for countless centuries in Siberia to strengthen the body and relieve exhaustion after prolonged physical exertion. Eleuthero has been researched extensively by Russian scientists for decades and has become a very popular herb today for people recovering from general debility.
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) is not a stimulant like Chinese (Panax) Ginseng or American Ginseng. It's not an instant "pick-me-up". It gradually restores vitality over a period of time, so it's a very balanced herb for postpartum recovery.
Herb Safety: Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) is compatible with breastfeeding1.
CHAMOMILE — INDUCES SLEEP
Chamomile is a cooling, floral scented and slightly apple-scented herb made from the tiny flowers of Matricaria recutita.
Chamomile is used extensively in infant and children's bath products because of it's relaxing effects. Chamomile is known all over the world as a sleep aid.
Ayurveda has used Chamomile because it facilitates energetic release, which lowers stress and promotes healing mind and body.
Chamomile relaxes smooth muscle through the body, and this can enhance mood overall. Chamomile is also known to help the respiratory system and is good for digestion.
Herb Safety: Chamomile is compatible with breastfeeding1.
SHATAVARI — BALANCES HORMONES
Shatavari is a sweet, cooling and slightly bitter herb made from the roots of Asparagus racemosus.
In Ayurveda, Shatavari is the most important herb for women. Shatavari supports many aspects of a woman's life, including mood, reproductive cycle, lactation, and improved memory.
Because of its life-long support for the feminine energy, Shatavari is honored in Ayurveda as a spiritually uplifting herb.
Postpartum, Shatavari is considered to reduce stress, support breast milk quality, and is excellent at bringing back balance.
Herb Safety: Shatavari is compatible with breastfeeding1.
FENUGREEK — SUPPORTS NURSING
Fenugreek is a warming and bitter herb ground from the seeds of Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek is widely used to enhance lactation because it builds fluids and has an effect on the circulatory, lymphatic, and reproductive systems. Fenugreek is also considered an excellent digestive aid.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fenugreek is considred a "tonic herb" that enhances strength by "warming the kidneys" and adrenal glands. The Kidneys are considered to be the storehouse of our reporoductive energy, the "Essence Qi".
Herb Safety: Fenugreek is compatible with breastfeeding1.
ALFALFA — SUPPORTS NURSING
Alfalfa is a mild herb with a refreshing flavor. It is made from the leaves of Medicago sativa.
Alfalfa enhances production of breast milk, is extremely alkalinizing and nutritious, improves the body fluids including blood and lymph and supports the endocrine system.
This is why early American herbalists and natural physicians used Alfalfa as a general tonic. It has positive effects on the kidneys and bladder, skeletal system and joints, skin and hair.
Herb Safety: Alfalfa is compatible with breastfeeding2.
ABOUT THIS LIST
This list of herbs and supplements makes note of a few top herbs in use for mothers. Sensible Herbs encourages you to read about diet, supplements and herbs that can strengthen you postpartum.
Traditionally a woman rested for several weeks with nourishment and attendents after giving birth because it was understood her body had to restore and renew.
Sensible Herbs supports you in evaluating herbs and making them a part of your nourishment and healing.
EXCELLENT BOOKS FOR NURSING MOMS
A Natural Guide to Prengancy and Postpartum Health, by Dean Raffelock, DC, Dipl. Ac., CCN and Robert Rountree, MD. Penguin Putnam, 2002.
The Nursing Mother's Herbal by Sheila Humphrey, BSc, RN, IBCLC. Fairview Press, 2003.
Gentle Healing for Baby and Child by Master Herbalist Andrea Candee and David Andrusia. Forward by Lawrence Baskind, MD. Pocket Books, 2000.
The following reference books were consulted regarding safety during breastfeeding:
1 - The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, by Simon Y Mills MCPP FNIMH MA and Kerry Bone MCPP FNHAA FNIMH DipPhyto Bsc(Hons).
2 - Traditionally used by nursing mothers for thousands of years.
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