3-5 minute brew time
Organic Red Raspberry Leaf, Organic Stinging Nettle, Organic Oatstraw, Organic Alfalfa Leaf, Organic Lemon balm, and Organic Rose Hips.
Add 1 tablespoon of tea to bag or steeper and place in your favorite mug. Pour 8 ounces of boiling water over the tea and steep for 3-5 minutes or until desired strength is reached. Remember to play around with a level teaspoon or heaping, as well as brew time to achieve your perfect tasting brew.
Among the midwives who recommend pregnancy teas, like this one, most recommend about two cups a day during the second trimester and up to a quart a day in the third trimester. Reach out to your care provider to determine what is the right amount for you.
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Pregnancy tea recipes typically rely on two herbs: nettle which serves as a good general tonic and red raspberry leaf which has been used in herbal medicine for pregnancy and birth for many mothers of many generations. Beyond these two, other herbs that are safe for pregnancy lend benefit, too: mineral-rich oatstraw and alfalfa, rosehips for their vitamin C and others. They each convey deep nourishment not only in the form of vitamins and minerals, but also in other active compounds.
Herbalists note that red raspberry leaf acts as a uterine tonic, and it is used in folk medicine to not only prepare the body for birth, but to shorten labors. Renowned herbalist, Susun Weed, notes that red raspberry leaf acts to tone the uterus so that, during labor, contractions work more effectively, making birth easier and faster. (1)
Nettle leaf is a tonic herb thought to strengthen and tone the entire system, and is particularly useful as a to support fertility in both men and women (2). In traditional herbal medicine, nettles are thought to ease leg cramps, and possibly ease the pain of childbirth (3). Particularly rich in micronutrients like carotene, vitamin C, manganese, iron, calcium, zinc and chromium which are essential for in-utero development.
Oatstraw was traditionally used in Europe as a tonic for health, beauty, and emotional resilience. It's rich in both calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium work together in the body, with calcium stimulating muscles to contract and magnesium relaxing them. In this way, it's thought by herbalists and midwives that oatstraw can be particularly valuable for pregnant women.
Alfalfa, like nettle and red raspberry leaf and other green leaf, is also rich in vitamin K which supports healthy circulation and proper blood clotting, known as a general restorative herb.
Lemon balm gives this pregnancy tea delightful, mellow lemon-like flavor. In traditional, folk medicine, lemon balm is used for nervousness, digestive upset, and headaches.
Rose hips bring a light and pleasant tartness to the tea. Rosehips are rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C, and it's that vitamin C that works synergistically with iron to help your body better absorb that mineral. Similarly, rose buds bring pleasant floral notes and a lovely feminine energy to the tea.
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