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NuzzleNudge's Avatar NuzzleNudge 03:02 PM 12-29-2010

I thought it would be helpful to have a compilation of all those Herbal and homeopathic, natural and Healthy Goodies we love. So please add What Ever you like and what they are used for, what they help with...

 

For Instance, What type of herbs or teas would or have you added to Sitz Baths? Or to Freeze on Pads for Post Partum?

 

PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH RESCUE REMEDY AS I AM VERY INTERESTED. Where, When, Did you use it?

 

My Midwife Suggest I take Red Raspberry Leaf tea throughout Pregnancy. I stand by It's effectiveness as a Uterine Toner. With My First Baby I had A Lot of Post Partum Bleeding. But I took RRL Tea with my 2nd starting around 34-35 Weeks and Had VERY LIGHT Bleeding. It was wonderful. Also My Labor was faster as a result of Contractions being more effective I believe.

 

She Also Suggested Alfalfa Tea for the Vitamin K Later in the Pregnancy. Please Share our Experience with this.

 

Also, any Natural Tips and Tricks, Like For Instance, I know that it's been said adding 1 Economic Size Bottle Of Hydrogen Peroxide to the wash gets out all the blood from your Birth Linens.

 

 I Have Heard Honey is Good for Tearing 'Down There'. But Isn't that Super Sticky and 'Gooky' Feeling?It's also suppose to be a great source of quick energy especially during labor.confused.gifgrossedout.gif

 

GINGER in all it's forms is really good for Nausea and  Digestion, and Circulation too I believe.

 

Coconut Water (Chlorophyll) is an excellent source of hydration During labor as it's molecules are as close as you can get to human blood before resorting to vampirism!

 

Please add Yours Everyone!



lovebeingamomma's Avatar lovebeingamomma 05:11 PM 12-29-2010

Do they sell cocunut water in regular bottles?  I've didn't know it existed I'll get some if it's easy to find.


NuzzleNudge's Avatar NuzzleNudge 06:07 PM 12-29-2010

I never heard of it until I came here. I found it on Amazon.com. I know stores sell coconut milk, but that's not the same thing. I use coconut milk in healthy shakes though. Really yummy.

 

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=coconut+water&sprefix=coconut+water


onlyAngil's Avatar onlyAngil 06:28 PM 12-29-2010

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I know a few so I will be back to share, soon!

 

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Do they sell cocunut water in regular bottles?  I've didn't know it existed I'll get some if it's easy to find.


 

They have them in boxes, like they put kids lunch drinks in (not juice with straws) at the Shoprite by me, but I yet really LOOKED ... perhaps at a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or a health food store. :D

To be honest that stuff is kinda icky to me, but I still want to have some with me for labor.


lovebeingamomma's Avatar lovebeingamomma 06:50 PM 12-29-2010

hmm if it tastes icky I could put it in my blender with some frozen fruit for a smoothie perhaps


number572's Avatar number572 08:38 PM 12-29-2010

Do some research on coconut water, milk and oil, there is recent findings of pesticides/fungicides (powerful chemical stuff there!) in any coconut product  shipped from Thailand (which is where all of the ones where I'm at are shipped from, even if they're canned locally) and also a few other areas.  I don't have links now but can come back to post.  Or you can google.   The studies have proven that fungicides leak straight thru the coco husks and into the milk and into the coconut meat,  via a food coloring tests.  Thats enough to make me want to seek out local organic growers.  I hate the fact of having to do that but thats a fight I'm living on other levels like signing petitions and attending natural food rights rallies, etc...;

 

I lived in Florida with my own couple of coco trees in my yard that produced so much more then we could use per season.  I suggest hooking up with people on a FL local board or Craigslist or somewhere pure to get your coconuts.  For a price they would ship them to you, for sure.  I would have, I had no idea at the time what a gold mine I was living with, they were simply my babies of the gardens!  


Aliy's Avatar Aliy 12:22 AM 12-30-2010

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RoseRedHoofbeats's Avatar RoseRedHoofbeats 08:06 AM 12-30-2010

I take a red raspberry leaf, red clover, nettle, and yellow dock tincture every day as a general pregnancy tonic and iron builder.

 

~Rose


NuzzleNudge's Avatar NuzzleNudge 09:47 PM 01-12-2011


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I take a red clover, nettle, and yellow dock tincture every day as a general pregnancy tonic and iron builder.

 

~Rose

What are those good for?
 


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 07:52 AM 01-13-2011

I have had good success with evening "restless leg" and/or just that kind of awake feeling in muscles by taking magnesium citrate. I have the Solgar brand and take one tab, so 200 mg.  

 

Ginger is my go to for all kinds of things - stomach upset & any kind of congestion, sore throat and etc.  Plus, it's just a yummy tea - great for guests because most people around where I live don't seem to drink it so it's a treat.  I don't even peel the ginger - just slice and simmer.  

 

Though I still find it relatively unpleasant, I do use the netti pot with a bit of salt and/baking soda. 

 

I am using RRL with the hopes that it improves labor.  We'll see.  I plan to use EPO as well, again, I'll have to let you know after labor how that goes.  

 

My MW requires us to buy an tincture for afterpains called Afterease.  I assume if she requires it that she has good faith in its effectiveness. 


Xenopus's Avatar Xenopus 08:21 AM 01-13-2011

For a post-partum squirt bottle to use after (or during) using the potty:

 

St. John's Wort, Calendula, and Rosemary:  Tho' any combination of a tissue healer, anti-infective, and anti-inflammatory would work, these all smell good.  Make a strong decoction (several tablespoons of each in a cloth bag, into a pot of boiled and very hot water, allow to cool to room temp, apply directly... ahhhh.

 

If you don't tear, it makes nice compresses for burns, itchies, bug bites, etc. 

 

So say the wise women!  thumb.gif


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 02:26 PM 01-13-2011

BTW, Spearmint makes RRL tea go down MUCH easier!  You can hardly taste the bitterness...


thankful85's Avatar thankful85 04:33 PM 01-13-2011


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BTW, Spearmint makes RRL tea go down MUCH easier!  You can hardly taste the bitterness...

I mix mint with my nettle/RRL tea...can't stomach it otherwise.
 


KateDavies45's Avatar KateDavies45 06:18 PM 01-21-2011


 

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I mix mint with my nettle/RRL tea...can't stomach it otherwise.


 

I've used the Good Earth brand of RRL/Nettle tea, which has mint, lemon verbena and a few other things mixed in and the taste is delicious to me (and I'm fairly picky about my tea) hot or cold. If you're mixing in mint you could try adding a little lemon juice and icing the tea after it steeps.


rajahkat's Avatar rajahkat 06:32 PM 01-21-2011

Coconut water is awesome!  It's a really good source of potassium & magnesium and there are some studies showing it can help lower blood pressure.  I like the taste of it, but I like coconut. :)

 

For me, afterease has never really worked and I tend to opt for ibuprofen for afterpains.

 

I like chia seeds for omegas, protein & fiber.  IMO better than flax because they don't have to be ground and they're hydrophyllic so they help you stay hydrated too.


littlethingstx's Avatar littlethingstx 09:57 PM 01-21-2011

I am taking Rutin for varicose veins to help with circulation.  It seems to help, although I can not say for sure.  I also plan to take Vitamin E and/or Evening Primrose Oil the last month of pregnancy.  Right now I am using the Evening Primrose Oil on the my c-section scar for elasticity.  It has been suggested that I take 5W, but I am not sure I will.... kind of worries me.  Also, it has been recommended that I drink 2 Tbsp of Chlorophyll three times a day.  Well, I bought it... smells awful, so I am holding out until the final weeks of the pregnancy or if I start to feel tired and anemic or test positive for anemia.  I will have a full bottle on hand during the birth.  In the event of significant blood loss my midwife says she will want me to drink the whole bottle.  I have heard that Afterease works great for afterbirth pains, but this same person says she also took ibuprofen for general pain.... using both can't hurt.  ;)  I have been told that you want the dry herbs for a sitz bath or for putting in your peri-bottle. 

 

ANYBODY USE ARNICA FOR PAIN RELIEF?  I am wondering how effective it is?


onlyAngil's Avatar onlyAngil 01:01 PM 01-22-2011


 

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I am taking Rutin for varicose veins to help with circulation.  It seems to help, although I can not say for sure.

 

PLEASE be extremely careful using Rutin or anything with containing it!

It is very powerful and can have poor side effects to thous wishing to keep a fetus in the first weeks of pregnancy - by herbally inducing a miscarriage - or wanting to have their bodies induce labor naturally in the last weeks of pregnancy - by herbally inducing labor.

http://www.sisterzeus.com/ERC_Rutin.html
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5475358/rutin_and_pregnancy_safety_considerations.html?cat=25

 

I am in no way saying 'do not use it'... just BE CAREFUL!
 


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 01:12 PM 01-22-2011


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ANYBODY USE ARNICA FOR PAIN RELIEF?  I am wondering how effective it is?



Arnica was really popular in one place that I lived (even prescribed by doctors) and I've known lots of friends who use it.  I, OTOH, have tried it both in little homeopathic balls and in creams and etc. for swelling and injuries and stuff and have never seen results.  I know it's considered to be effective - it's just not something I, personally, am going to spend any more money on.  


rajahkat's Avatar rajahkat 04:49 PM 01-22-2011

Yes, I ditto the caution against Rutin.

 

I thought of another of my favs during pregnancy~ hemp seed powder.  


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 06:34 AM 02-01-2011

I'm about to gather some supplies to make some home remedies but have a few questions.  

 

1.  Witch Hazel: Do they mean the stuff you get from the drug store or something you make from the actual plant?  

 

2.  Comfrey: Are they/you talking about the root or the leaves?  

 

3.  Shepherd's Purse: I want to have some around for possible PPH.  I've got some dried herb but am not sure if it would be best to make a tincture or just keep it dry and drink a tea. Maybe both?  


RoseRedHoofbeats's Avatar RoseRedHoofbeats 09:22 AM 02-01-2011

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

 

~Rose


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 09:27 AM 02-01-2011

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.  


RoseRedHoofbeats's Avatar RoseRedHoofbeats 11:21 AM 02-01-2011

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


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 12:43 PM 02-01-2011


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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?  


littlethingstx's Avatar littlethingstx 12:55 PM 02-01-2011
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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. 
 



 


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 01:02 PM 02-01-2011

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.  


RoseRedHoofbeats's Avatar RoseRedHoofbeats 03:12 PM 02-01-2011


 

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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
 


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 03:21 PM 02-01-2011


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Originally Posted by RoseRedHoofbeats View Post

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.  


IdentityCrisisMama's Avatar IdentityCrisisMama 03:51 PM 02-01-2011

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.  


dezprincesscc's Avatar dezprincesscc 07:23 PM 02-02-2011

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!


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