thank you so much for being a part of this forum. i am frustrated with the spotty information available online about herbs that are safe to take while nursing. i have a cold with a dry cough and tightness in my chest. it is very annoying, and i have been drinking a ton of tea, mostly Gypsy Cold Care and Throat Coat tea by traditional medicinals. i just bought some Breathe Easy tea and i was so excited to try it, and it says "Do not use unless directed by a doctor." then i started reading the other boxes, and they say the same thing. i feel like i can't get any relief from this cough unless i am constantly drinking hot tea and taking cough drops. i read that licorice root can reduce milk production. that is in the throat coat tea, but i haven't had supply issues so far. i am nursing a 20-month-old and he mostly nurses to nap and sleep at night, so not much.
some people say if you are drinking herbs as tea, that's not really a medicinal dose, so it's safe, but if i am drinking 4 cups or more a day, is that a medicinal dose? is it only a milk supply issue or are there other problems associated with the herbs in these teas? can you give any guidelines?
thank you so much in advance!
the ingredients in breathe easy are below. that is the one i am most interested in, because it's the one i want to drink! thanks again.
Medicinal ingredients: Each tea bag (1.5g) contains: Dry aqueous extract (8:1) of biyan pian* 120 mg (equivalent to 960 mg), organic Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 300 mg, Radix Asclepiadis tuberosae (Asclepias tuberosa) 60 mg.
* Biyan Pian extract (8:1) contains the combined aqueous extractive of: Fructus Xanthii (Xanthium sibiricum), Flos Magnoliae (Magnolia biondii), Radix Saposhnikoviae (Saposhnikovia divaricata), Fructus Forsythiae (Forsythia suspensa), Flos Chrysanthemi Indici (Chrysanthemum indicum), Fructus Schisandrae (Schisandra chinensis), Radix Platycodi (Platycodon grandiflorum), Radix Angelicae Dahuricae (Angelica dahurica), Rhizoma Anemarrhenae (Anemarrhena asphodeloides), Herba Schizonepetae (Nepeta tenuifolia), and Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae (Glycyrrhiza uralensis).
Non-medicinal ingredients: Organic peppermint leaf (Mentha × piperita), organic eucalyptus leaf (Eucalyptus globulus), organic bitter fennel fruit (Foeniculum vulgare), organic calendula flower (Calendula officinalis), organic ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale).