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Courage, Parents, Courage!

The process of bringing a new baby into the world is a process of unfolding, expansion, and great change.  Many parents experience a broad range of emotions from elation to fear, joy, uncertainty, and sadness that are all part of the very normal and quite extraordinary journey of parenthood.  Blue Skies Postpartum Courage Blend can help lend courage to the heart and strength to the mind.

For those parents in particular who are experiencing a bit of the postpartum blues, Blue Skies may help to alleviate mild issues of baby blues, anxiety, exhaustion, and the feeling of being overwhelmed with all the changes birth and baby bring.  Blue Skies pairs well with any of our Flower + Gem Essences, so please peruse those listings to see which Essence may best suit your needs.

For serious cases of Postpartum Depression, always consult with your health practitioner and find support with friends, family, and community.  Sadness is a normal human experience, but it shouldn’t have to be faced alone, so always seek help and assistance if you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed.

LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis: Uplifts the spirits through alleviating melancholy and helping new parents adjust to the changes in their lives.

BORAGE Borago officinalis: Instills courage (what parent doesn't need a bit of that?), increases milk flow if breastfeeding, relieves depression, reduces inflammation, and contains calcium and essential fatty acids.

ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis: Tones the liver, has antidepressant properties and also assists with breastfeeding.

OATS Avena sativa: Nourishing to body, mind, and spirit.

SKULLCAP Scutellaria lateriflora: Soothing, anxiety relieving, and particularly strengthening to the nervous system with extended use.

Our Blue Skies Postpartum Courage Tea Blend can be purchased in our PoppySwap or Etsy Shop.

A Tea for Each Trimester: Herbal Tea Blends for Pregnancy

Consistency is good - and consistent variety even better!  When I began to create a blend to support the needs of a growing pregnant body, I created birthed three.  Triplets!  While each tea can be enjoyed at any time during your pregnancy, I crafted them to build upon each other and to address specific issues that tend to happen during different parts of pregnancy.  Budding pays special attention to building up nutrients in the body and relieving morning sickness.  Blooming brings in herbs that are especially strengthening and tonifying to the uterus, as well as calming herbs like Chamomile, to regulate and sustain energy levels.  Blossoming continues to tonify the uterus and also includes herbs to help bring milk and the development of colostrum.

Budding: First Trimester Tea Blend

Nettles Urtica dioica: Abundantly nutritive, Nettles also strengthen the body against environmental pollutants which is important during early pregnancy. Nettles contain vitamin B, C, E, K, beta-carotene, calcium, silica, and more, providing energy to support you throughout your pregnancy. They also improve circulation and tone muscles, tissues, arteries, and skin.

Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna: A gentle adaptogen. Strengthens the heart through its circulatory powers and also benefits the joint lining, collagen, and discs in the back – needed to support extra weight..

Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria: In an herbal from 1597 the scent of Meadowsweet was said to “mak[e] the heart merry and joyful and delighteth the senses.” Along with joy and delight, Meadowsweet also contains vitamin C, iron, and silica, easing the body of inflammation, heartburn, nausea, and general aches and pains.

Peppermint Mentha piperita: Clears the head, soothes muscle spasms, and relieves morning sickness. Also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B-complex vitamins.

Ginger Zingiber officinale: A classic remedy for morning sickness and tasty, too! Ginger is warming, uplifting, and protects against colds and the 'flu.

Strawberry leaf Fragraria vesca: A pregnancy tonic, Strawberry leaf is cooling to the system, helps protect against miscarriage, and adds sweetness to the blend.

Blooming: Second Trimester Tea Blend

Raspberry leaf Rubus idaeus: Raspberry leaf is one of the best herbs for pregnancy because it strengthens and tonifies the uterus. With a high mineral content, Raspberry leaf is very nourishing and can help prevent false labor, miscarriage, labor pain, placental delivery, and the risk of postpartum hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf also increases colostrum in the milk.

Oat Avena sativa: Nourishes hair, skin, and nails with its high silica content. Calming and nutritive, Oats also help to relieve insomnia.

Rose hips Rosa canina: Rich in flavonoids, Rose hips relieve night sweats, prevent UTIs, hypertension, hemorrhoids, and exhaustion. Also effective in treating and preventing stretch marks from inside out.

Alfalfa Medicago sativa: Aids in the body's assimilation of nutrients. Contains vitamins C and K, folic acid, iron, manganese, zinc, digestive enzymes, and is very rich in chlorophyll.

Chamomile Matricaria recutita: Calming and sweet, Chamomile relaxes the nerves while restoring energy. Excellent digestive tonic, Chamomile also helps with morning sickness, insomnia, and headaches.

Blossoming: Third Trimester Tea Blend

Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis: An herb that helps the mind, body, and spirit adapt to change. Lemon Balm relieves nervousness, improves concentration, and lightens the mood.

Fennel Foeniculum vulgare: Valuable herb in aiding milk production. Also improves digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Partridgeberry Mitchella repens: An ingredient of the famous “Mother's Cordial,” Partridgeberry tones and nourishes the uterus.

Raspberry leaf Rubus idaeus: Raspberry leaf is one of the best herbs for pregnancy because it strengthens and tonifies the uterus. With a high mineral content, Raspberry leaf is very nourishing and can help prevent false labor, miscarriage, labor pain, placental delivery, and the risk of postpartum hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf also increases colostrum in the milk.

Alfalfa Medicago sativa: Aids in the body's assimilation of nutrients. Contains vitamins C and K, folic acid, iron, manganese, zinc, digestive enzymes, and is very rich in chlorophyll.

Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum: Rich in antioxidants, Blueberries are also high in vitamin C, potassium, and pectin. They are antibacterial and antiviral, too.

To purchase our trio of daily pregnancy tea blends visit our S H O P.  Order all three together and receive 15% off!

Tea for Two: Herbs Through Your Pregnancy

Have a cup of tea - or two or three! During your pregnancy tea can be a wonderful ritual of mindfulness helping us remember to nourish our bodies, spirit, and mind. Herbs such as Red Raspberry leaf(Rubus idaeus), Nettles (Urtica dioica), and Oats (Avena sativa) are particularly suited for nourishing, supporting, and preparing the body for birth as well as supporting you postpartum. So why these three herbs? Glad you asked!

raspberry leaf  by author

Red Raspberry leaf(Rubus idaeus) is a wonderful herb to take during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum because of qualities as a uterine toner. Red Raspberry leaves contain fragrine which is an alkaloid that tones the muscles of the pelvic region without causing contractions by stimulating the uterus. For those concerned about miscarriage, Red Raspberry leaves are very valuable because they so effectively support the uterus. What Red Raspberry leaf does is help the uterus work more effectively – during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Raspberry leaves can also help to alleviate morning sickness, assist in the production of breast milk, and reduce pain during labor and after the birth.

nettle leaf photo by author

Nettle leaves (Urtica dioica) are gorgeous wild greens just dancing with all the vitamins and minerals they contain. Some of the vitamins and minerals found in Nettle leaves are vitamins B, C, E, K as well as iron, calcium, silica, magnesium, protein, and potassium. Nettles both nourish and restore the body and because of their high iron content they are especially useful for women who are anemic or have a low iron count. Not only can they be enjoyed as a tea, but fresh Nettles can be prepared much in the same way as spinach for a delicious and nutritious meal. Nettles help to reduce cramping and muscle spasms, eases pain during labor and after birth, and prevents hemorrhaging.

photo from uky.edu

Oats (Avena sativa) are modest powerhouses of nourishment. Oats help to increase energy, strength, and a sense of calmness during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum because of their unwavering support of the nervous system. Silica, selenium, manganese, potassium, iron, zinc, beta-carotene, and B vitamins are some of the nutrients found in Oats. Pregnancy, labor, and after birth can all feel very overwhelming at times, and Oats can be used to address headaches from stress and worry, heart palpitations, mental exhaustion, and cases of mild depression.

To truly benefit from these herbal pregnancy partners, I suggest drinking 2-4 cups daily of herbal tea, rotating between Raspberry Leaf, Nettles, and Oats every 2 or 3 weeks. I also encourage experimentation with combining them to find a blend that is the most delightful to your senses.

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