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post #21 of 39

For all of those, it depends on what you're using it for and how.

 

~Rose

post #22 of 39

ETA: sorry, I think I'm getting threads mixed up.  

 

Witch hazel and/or comfery tea for frozen PP pads.

 

Comferey for sitz bath 

 

Shepherds Purse used for PP hemorrhage.  

post #23 of 39

Use comfrey leaves for both of those and yes, they mean a tea made from the actual bark. For the shepherd's purse, it's really much more effective if you can make a tincture from the fresh plant- the whole thing, stems, leaves, and flowers. It can be hard to get a hold of if you can't pick it in the wild, but it's a common enough weed in North America.

 

~Rose

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Use comfrey leaves for both of those and yes, they mean a tea made from the actual bark. 

I must be having a dense moment - I've never heard of the bark (only root and leaves).  So it's the leaves you make the tea with?  Any idea what the root is used for?  

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Use comfrey leaves for both of those and yes, they mean a tea made from the actual bark. For the shepherd's purse, it's really much more effective if you can make a tincture from the fresh plant- the whole thing, stems, leaves, and flowers. It can be hard to get a hold of if you can't pick it in the wild, but it's a common enough weed in North America.

 

~Rose

Regarding the Shepherd's Purse:  I am buying mine through www.inhishands.com when I order my birthing kit.  It did not come up under the search, but I think it is listed in their herbal section under tinctures.  They also sell the dried herb version if you want to make it yourself. 
 



 

post #26 of 39

That's a great site - good prices and reasonable quantities.  I already got some Shepherd's Purse from my local HFS and I'll probably make a small amount of tincture and keep the rest for tea if need be.  

 

I've been trying to do some reading on the difference btw. comfery root and leaf and it's difficult to find a major distinction.  Rose Mountain Herbs says the active ingredients in the root is stronger than the leaf.  I notice your site sells both.  

 

Maybe I could also order a good herbal book from the library.  

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Use comfrey leaves for both of those and yes, they mean a tea made from the actual bark. 

I must be having a dense moment - I've never heard of the bark (only root and leaves).  So it's the leaves you make the tea with?  Any idea what the root is used for?  

Oops. I meant witch hazel bark!

 

The leaves should be used for external use for wound care. The root should be used for consumption.

 

~Rose
 

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Use comfrey leaves for both of those and yes, they mean a tea made from the actual bark. 

I must be having a dense moment - I've never heard of the bark (only root and leaves).  So it's the leaves you make the tea with?  Any idea what the root is used for?  

Oops. I meant witch hazel bark!

 

The leaves should be used for external use for wound care. The root should be used for consumption.

 

~Rose
 


Of comfrey?  

 

Rose Mountain Herbs lists comfrey root as something that should not be taken internally:

 

"Because comfrey may contain PAs, which have caused cancer and liver damage in animal studies, and because the root contains it in higher concentration than the leaves, internal use is not suggested." 

 

"There is a great deal of preliminary evidence that supports the traditional use of comfrey root as a topical application to speed healing, stop bleeding, prevent infection and relieve pain."

 

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/comfrey_root.php

 

What's that good book for pregnancy herbals?  I think I want to try to get that from the library.  Or, does anyone know of a trustworthy on-line source of herbal medicine?  Reading about comfrey makes me want to be sure to look this stuff up.  

post #29 of 39

Here is my PSA re: witch hazel.  

 

I've been reading on the Rose Mountain herbs sight and this is what they say about their witch hazel extract: 

 

"Commercial Witch Hazel extracts usually contain more alcohol than actual Witch Hazel, and have only been distilled once. However, the line offered by Mountain Rose Herbs leads in both quality and potency. Our true Witch Hazel extract has been double distilled, and contains 86% Witch Hazel extract and only 14% alcohol."  

 

I realized that I have two different brands of witch hazel in the house - one from the local HFS and one from a discount store (Family Dollar).  I decided to check the witch hazel/alcohol content of both and compare to the Rose Mountain brand.  All three brands have 14% alcohol and 86% witch hazel.  

post #30 of 39

I have been drinking this tea:

http://www.endeavorsin.com/home/nora-tea.html

 

We'll see in a few months if it works I guess!

post #31 of 39

Wondering if I should use Nettle leaves or root in my pregnancy blend?  Same with Dandelion, root or leaf?

post #32 of 39

My MW recommended dandelion root tea as a gentle diuretic to help with my swollen feet.  I think that dandelion leaves are primarily good for improving digestion (thins the bile, I believe) and for iron content.  I haven't any idea if those benefits are interchangeable (i.e., does the root tea also provide iron content?), but it would probably make sense to find out. 

 

I used liquid chlorophyll in my last pg to help keep my iron content high, upon my MW's recommendation.  It takes a little getting used to, but once I was accustomed to the flavor I liked it a lot.  I think I put about 2 Tbsp. mixed in a glass of water (good in smoothies too) every day.  It's good to have on hand in case of heavy PP bleeding, too, but I think that using it before labor is supposed to help prevent some of the negative effects of blood loss during birth, too. 

 

I loved using clary sage essential oil in a burner while in labor -- it really helped strengthen my contractions and keep me calm.  In early labor, I used a few drops in bath water too.  Peppermint oil (one or two drops in the water of the toilet bowl) is supposed to help encourage that first post-partum pee (which can be difficult).  I didn't end up using it for that purpose, but the smell of peppermint oil in a burner was strongly appealing to me in the first few days PP -- don't know why, but since it smelled so good I kept on using it. 

 

I use red raspberry leaf tea as a uterine tonic and swear by it.  I made it through 3 days of labor with that stuff helping me out.  I make it about 2 qts at a time: I boil about 1/2 cup dried leaves in a saucepan full of water for 10 minutes (usually with a few Tbsp of dried mint, a handful of alfalfa, and/or a few slices of fresh ginger), then turn off the heat and let the whole thing steep for another 1/2 hour or more, then strain it, add sugar (honey totally didn't work for me in this case, it had to be sugar) and throw it in the fridge.  Then I dilute it half-and-half with water and drink it on ice.  It actually tastes good that way, IMO, and I don't much enjoy the flavor of the tea. 

 

FWIW, I really enjoyed RRL tea popsicles when I was in labor, too -- I added a bit of extra sugar to my iced-tea mixture, then poured it into popsicle molds and stuck 'em in the freezer.  It was one of the few things I could manage to keep down when I was in labor.  They were delicious. 

 

I used evening primrose oil capsules near the end of my last pg, upon the recommendation of my mw, who suggested that it would help soften scar tissue on my cervix left from a colposcopy a few years ago.  I don't quite remember the dosage - I think I took one capsule by mouth daily starting around 32 weeks, then added a second daily capsule inserted vaginally around 36 weeks.  I usually just poked a hole in the capsule and squeezed out the oil, then applied it to my cervix.  I really did not like the smell of the stuff, but they say it helps.  I suppose it did!  *shrug* I have a different MW this time around, and she also recommends it for the same purpose. 

 

Not exactly herbal remedies, but I want to put a plug in for prenatal DHA capsules and a good prenatal multivitamin. 

 

And I think that's everything I've been using! 

post #33 of 39
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What's that good book for pregnancy herbals?  I think I want to try to get that from the library.  Or, does anyone know of a trustworthy on-line source of herbal medicine?  Reading about comfrey makes me want to be sure to look this stuff up.  

Do you mean "Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year" by Susan Weed?

 

 

My midwives' tip for preggo heartburn is to chew up raw almonds until your saliva makes a paste with it, then swallow. Or a few spoons of apple cider vinegar.

post #34 of 39
Woah! Awesome thread with lots of good info. Bumping it up for newbies like myself!

RRL fan over here. I had a very fast 1st labor (8 hours ) & my body did exactly as I had hoped. Personally, I am thinking it was the RRL.
I also used EPO in the end, and had a successful " induction " with Castor oil at 42 weeks.
The best thing after birth was aloe Vera, witch hazel, and lavender frozen pads.
So fantastic, especially since it was the middle of summer.
I purchased Arnica for after pains because I had heard it might help, however I enjoyed the ibuprofen better.

Let's keep this thread going! So helpful!
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post #39 of 39

In response to questions on comfrey and witch hazel:

These are both great sitz bath herbs, and are used in their whole plant form (so not the facial toner, which is witch hazel bark steeped in some kind of alcohol.) 

and for sitz baths, it's easier to steep the comfrey leaves in hot water, otherwise you'd have to simmer the roots. and it's the bark of the witch hazel tree, which does steep well in hot water.

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