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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

So I ordered this http://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/3780/ pregnancy tea, but just read lemon grass is not safe in pregnancy.  Does anyone know much about this?  Is it a quantity issue?  Stinks if I paid for this pregnancy tea and shouldn't use it.

post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by steffanie3 View Post

So I ordered this http://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/3780/ pregnancy tea, but just read lemon grass is not safe in pregnancy.  Does anyone know much about this?  Is it a quantity issue?  Stinks if I paid for this pregnancy tea and shouldn't use it.

Hm.  Seems to me like you could find something that says *anything* is unsafe during pregnancy, but you should go with your gut instinct.  IMO, this looks like a good product!  

post #3 of 15

Lemon grass is fine, but as an herbalist i would very rarely, if ever, use comfrey during pregnancy. Especially as a main ingredient in a tea blend. And especially on an ongoing basis. Honestly, I can't figure out why they would put it in there?! My go-to pregnancy tea is Nettles, Red Raspberry leaf and Oatstraw with some lemon balm or mint added in if the flavor needs a little improvement.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hmmm, so comfrey isn't great.  Dang, I messed up with this stuff I guess.
 

post #5 of 15
This herbalist's opinion is that lemon grass is okay as well... And yes, you can pretty much find any herb to be contraindicated. It's super frustrating. Truth be told there aren't very many herbs that are truly contraindicated .... Except for very active strong medicine plants like goldenseal and the cohoshes, as well as plants that have a direct action on the uterus and plants that are in any condition, Toxic in small doses like tansy or rue. Most of the tea herbs are pretty benign and much of what is found online and in books is spectulative at best.. Having said that I am personally also only sticking to a few well known safe herbs.:..Rasp leaf, strawberry leaf, nettle leaves and seeds, alfalfa, oats, lemon balm and mints.

In theory comfrey would be an amazing pregnancy tonic.. It's very high in minerals. However recent research has contraindicated regular use due to an alkaloid to toxic to the liver found in comfrey... However this is referring to the European variety, and the highest concentration of such is found in the root and not the leaves which is likely what's in your tea. My suggestion would be to Contact the company and see if they have good sourcing info for comfrey. I would personally feel comfortable consuming my own homegrown comfrey leaf from time to time, but the most popular opinion is to exercise caution and trust your gut. I was surprised to discovery my own hestitance in consuming certain herbs in my own pregnancy. I personally think less is more.

Also if youd like to make your own pregnancy tonic tea... Mountain rose herbs in Eugene OR has very affordable and very high quality herbs in bulk that you can order by mail. You can find them online....
post #6 of 15
Wow I was wondering this too with my Traditional Medicinal pregnancy tea and Yogi Mother-To-Be tea. How awesome that we have herbalists in our DDC!!!! orngbiggrin.gif
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by snugglebug14 View Post

... My go-to pregnancy tea is Nettles, Red Raspberry leaf and Oatstraw with some lemon balm or mint added in if the flavor needs a little improvement.
I remember drinking a nettle + RRL + something else I can't remember... blend when I was pregnant the first time. Was it oatstraw? What is the benefit of that?
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Philothea View Post

Wow I was wondering this too with my Traditional Medicinal pregnancy tea and Yogi Mother-To-Be tea. How awesome that we have herbalists in our DDC!!!! orngbiggrin.gif

 

Sounds like maybe we have a few! Happy to be of help anytime with any pregnancy related questions... 

 

I generally feel compelled to respond to herbal musings because even with extensive training and clinical practice.... I find myself feeling weary of certain things I read about herbs in pregnancy to (just sorta a mama thing-- feeling protective of my baby and body)-- and I want to help folks sort out myth from fact...

 

but also say there's just not tons of research in this area, so all we can do is make educated guesses and follow tradition (things that have been actively passed on through generations) and YES, follow our gut/intuition.  Also, I highly recommend running things by several folks you trust. Having said that, doctors are generally untrained in herbology and will tell you to avoid most anything. Ask your midwife, naturopath, herbalist and consult books ONLY written BY PRACTICING herbalists-- those with an active or past practice, not someone just passing on information. 

 

The yogi tea looks GREAT! (yum) and so does the TM Pregnancy Tea. In fact they both seem perfectly well blended with excellent ingredients. TM has lemongrass in theirs too. I feel really comfortable with all the herbs in both blends. Also TM is a great brand--and their sourcing/ingredients are really superior. I know less about Yogi tea as a company.... 

 

What you likely will run into out there are contradictions for aromatic herbs in pregnancy-- herbs with strong flavor or scent such as peppermint or ginger. The thought is that they are too stimulating (in theory to the uterus, but this is again speculation)... Aromatics are in fact anti-spasmodic and relaxing (both to the digestive system as well as nervous system-- sometimes reproductive system, so in my opinion they are the opposite of too stimulating. If you are at all worried, skip them in the first trimester... but most safe & tasty herbs like this have a history of long standing traditional use in al stages of life. I use both regularly-- I find them both really helpful for nausea. 

 

There is also info out there about RRL being too stimulating to the uterus -- some folks avoid in the first trimester, however others use to prevent miscarriage in the first trimester. I have also seen it being used to "stimulate labor" though I think this is more or less a homepathic approach as rrl has an affinity to the reproductive organs-- so, that's a lot of contradicting information right there. My opinion and knowledge is that red raspberry leaf is a "tonic" herb-- meaning it is generally safe, has a long standing history of use and its actions are mild not potent. Tonic herbs are the "food" plants you consume/drink daily for a long term effect-- in this case to tone/prepare the uterus for childbirth and provide nutrition. It also can be helpful for morning sickness and to prevent hemorrhage. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, iron and calcium. I plan to drink it throughout my pregnancy and post-partum.

 

 

 

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I remember drinking a nettle + RRL + something else I can't remember... blend when I was pregnant the first time. Was it oatstraw? What is the benefit of that?

 

Nettles are another favorite! They help support good kidney function (which is important extra important in pregnancy with all that excess fluid) and are full of vitamins and minerals. They are high in iron, calcium and potassium and magnesium.

 

A final personal favorite is oats--- though I prefer the milky oat tops over the oatstraw (part of the same plant)..... or better yet, use both!

I find the oat tops to have more nutritional value, as well as a stronger relaxing quality-- they are EXCELLENT for anxiety and stress, though not sedating.... rather they nourish with necessary vitamins/minerals for proper nervous system function. Both are said to be high in magnesium and calcium as well as B vitamins. 

 

These are my favorite three pregnancy herbs currently. Alfalfa is also highly recommended! High in Vitamins A, b6, E, K and calcium/iron/magnesium. 

 

I make single infusions of them and drink them separately-- but you can also blend them in equal parts. I  enjoy them individually because I easily tire of the same blend, so I just mix it up to keep it interesting. Feel free to add some flavor with lemon balm or mint. All of these herbs are appropriate in postpartum health as well. 

 

In good health! 

post #9 of 15
Thanks, everyone, for sharing such good info! I drank RRL tea throughout my first pregnancy and I am convinced it was great for labor smile.gif the don't sell it anymore in Norway so I'm gonna order some from iherb I think bc they ship to me for not much $$$ smile.gif Maybe I'll throw in some nettles too smile.gif
post #10 of 15
I regularly drink the red raspberry tea from celestial seasonings, does anybody know if it has the same benefits as the RRL tea ? Is that a stupid question? I just don't want to spend so much on the special pregnancy tea bags and keep putting off just ordering some loose leaf online. Last pregnancy a friend gave me her leftover supply! smile.gif thanks in advance for any help!
post #11 of 15

Not a dumb question at all.

 

i looked it up however and couldnt find it. is it the raspberry zinger? is it fruity tasting? IF so, it is not the same as drinking just red raspberry leaf tea. 

 

I highly recommend for anyone interested in saving money on herbs (particularly in a time like pregnancy when you'll be using them long term-- possibly into breastfeeding) to order from a bulk supplier and skipping tea bags-- you'll save a ton in the long run and likely end up with better dose and quality. if you don't have you one, you'll also need a tea pot or french press or someway of making bulk teas. I add my daily herbs to a mason jar (1 qt water to a handful of herbs) and let it steep all day -- sipping on it throughout the day through a mate straw. Alternatively, let it steep 10 -15 minutes (longer the better for plants high in minerals) in a tea pot, strain and drink throughout the day

 

Mountain Rose Herbs is by far the most affordable and highest quality company I know. You can order in 4 oz, 8 oz and 1 or more lb sizes of all the classic pregnancy herbs like red raspberry leaf, nettles, etc.

 

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/bulkherb.php

 

 

My sample pregnancy formula is :

1 part nettle leaf

1 part rasp leaf

1 part milky oat tops

1 part alfalfa

 

so basically just mix in equal parts

 

optional:

1/2 part lemon balm, mint or lemon verbena for taste

1/4 part rose hips (for increased iron absorption)

 

Mix all these in a big bowl. Store in a nice glass jar or well sealed plastic bag. A small handful or few pinches is a good daily dose.

post #12 of 15

I've read mixed information about the use of chamomile tea in pregnancy.  I've stopped drinking it until I can figure out whether or not it's safe, but in the meantime, my sleep is suffering.  Anyone have any input on the use of chamomile...or have any other suggestions on what I can use safely to help with sleep disturbances??

post #13 of 15

lots of great info already in this thread ... just wanted to add that Susan Weed's book Wise Woman's Herbal for Childbearing Years is a great resource.  It has info for teas as tonics (on going basis) and for specific conditions such as preterm labor, sleep problems, back pain/sciatica, prolonged labor.  obviously dont use anything outside of your comfort level.  i second the recommendation for buying herbs from Mountain Rose - they are such high quality and harvesting with pure heart!

 

personally I am doing nettle & lemon balm infusions most days, and RRL tea a couple times a week ... just not in the daily groove yet after coming out of a miserable 1st trimester.   and i am drinking a small amount of comfrey each day just this week for help with sciatica.  i have experience with it and it is local comfrey so i felt comfortable with this.  i wouldnt do it everyday though.

 

for sleep disturbances i HIGHLY recommend skullcap!  you can make a strong tea with lemon balm and or take a tincture.  passionflower, catnip, and hops tinctures or strongly brewed teas also good hear.  i like tinctures at night because if you are like me, you are already waking up to pee quite a bit and dont need too much extra fluid!  what ive read about chammomile is that there are some contraindications for first trimester.  like others said, you can seriously find contraindications for most herbs in pregnancy because of the "better safe than sorry" mindset so it is all your own comfort level.

post #14 of 15
here is a good article by my most favorite reference guide in pregnancy--- a practicing herbalist and midwife. chamomile is in her top 5 fav pregnancy herbs

http://avivaromm.com/5-safe-herbs-for-a-more-comfortable-pregnancy-and-better-birth
post #15 of 15
Thank you for the blog post! I will be enjoying a cup of chamomile tea tonight smile.gif
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