So today I had my first few sips of coffee... and I came back and had tons of energy and got a lot done. But it made me realize that I really don't want it to be a daily thing and that I really want to start drinking a nourishing tea in the mornings, but I need to go to the bulk tea store and get the stuff. Wondering if anybody else is making a nourishing tea and what you are putting in it.
Heres what I plan on putting in:
I can't do red rasp. til 36 weeks because it makes me feel crampy even though it is safe, would rather not feel crampy til the end ya know?
If you live somewhere hot(this summer is not hot here :( But what I did in the past was steep it overnight then drink it iced during the day. Sometimes I would mix it with cranberry juice which was really yummy.
Here is more info on the herbs on found on the web....
Red Raspberry Leaf - tones uterus and muscles of the pelvic region. It is highly nutritive. Helps to prevent miscarriage and hemorrhage due to an atonic or relaxed uterus, eases morning sickness, and reduces pain during labor and after birth. Does not strengthen or start contractions, but allows contracting uterus to work more effectively, making birth easier and faster. It also assists in the production of plentiful breast milk. NOTE: Some sources claim that Red Raspberry Leaf can start uterine contractions. This is a falsehood. Red Raspberry Leaf is one of the most widely used and safest of all the uterine/pregnancy tonic herbs. It contains fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself, but does not stimulate the uterus or cause contractions. It does not even strengthen contractions during labor, but it does allow the contracting uterus to work in a more efficient and effective way, and thus, may make birth easier and faster.
Nettle Leaf - Nettle contains nearly every vitamin and mineral necessary for human growth and health. It is abundant in vitamins A, C, D, and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and sulfur. Nettle contains more chlorophyll than any other herb, which is important to clean, purify and oxygenate the blood. It guards against anemia, helps gently relieve constipation, is extremely nutritious, and helps to support kidney function. It nourishes and strengthens kidneys so as to help facilitate the increased demands of the mother's blood cleansing during pregnancy. It eases leg cramps and other muscle spasms and pain due to the high calcium content. (Nettle and Raspberry Leaf contain calcium in its most absorbable form. Spinach, chocolate, rhubarb and brewers yeast will interfere with the absorption of calcium, and calcium supplements made of bone meal and oyster shell should be avoided as they have are not as easily absorbed in the body and they have been shown to contain high levels of lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals.) Nettle prevents hemorrhage due to its high Vitamin K content, and its astringency and nourishing action helps to reduce hemorrhoids by tightening and strengthening blood vessels. It also will increase the richness and amount of breast milk.
Dandelion Leaf - one of the best herbs for preventing and treating pre-eclampsia and strengthening the liver. (Poor functioning of the liver is both symptomatic and a causative of pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a serious issue that requires medical attention.). It acts as a gentle diuretic, helping the body to eliminate excess water retention, which is so common during pregnancy. Unlike typical diuretics, though, Dandelion Leaf will not rob the body of important nutrients, but will instead supply and feed the body with it's readily-available vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, folic acid and iron. It helps the kidneys function better and also helps to prevent and correct anemia.
Alfalfa - this herb contains 8 essential amino acids for good digestion and helps relieve nausea. Like Nettle, it contains almost every vitamin and mineral known to man. It is extremely high in chlorophyll, which helps with blood oxygenation and purification, and helps to correct constipation. It is very high in Vitamin K, which helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage, even if there's a history of it.
Chamomile - relaxing, soothing and calming to the entire system. Helps with digestion and nausea, and is also high in calcium. The essential oil of Chamomile is anti-inflammatory in nature and is wonderful in healing swellings, achy joints and other inflammations. Rosemary Gladstar states "This delicate, gentle flower is a must for pregnant women. Its sunny disposition is helpful for lifting the spirits and its calming relaxing attributes are very soothing to the soul."
Oatstraw - also great for the nerves. It is high in calcium and magnesium and complements Chamomile wonderfully. It is also a great herb if yeast infections are a problem.
Peppermint - this herb not only gives your tea a wonderful taste, but it is a great digestive aid as well. It is used frequently for upset stomachs, poor digestion, and for colds and fever.
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Squaw Vine - this herb and Red Raspberry leaves are the two best herbs for toning and nourishing the uterus and body in preparation for childbirth. It also will help the body to recover and regain strength following the birth.