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A New Tea for Two!

We are proud to present the latest in our pregnancy and postpartum tea series: Sweet Nectar Milk Blend. A tea to support breastfeeding, Sweet Nectar Milk Blend combines of galactagogue, nutritious, and nervine herbs.  Sweet Nectar Milk Blend encourages the production of milk by stimulating milk flow, providing the body with nutrients, and calming and relaxing mama by supporting the nervous system.

For breast feeding success, we always encourage new families to seek advice and guidance for proper breastfeeding techniques from a midwife or lactation consultant.  Learning how to breastfeed correctly will be the first and biggest benefit to successfully breastfeeding.

Sweet Nectar Milk Blend includes:

FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare: A yummy galactagogue that has long been used in postpartum blends to encourage milk flow.

FENUGREEK Trigonella foenumgraecum: Another classic galactagogue, Fenugreek is also anti-inflammatory which can be very helpful to reduce any swelling or pain.

RASPBERRY LEAF Rubus idaeus: Full of vitamins and minerals to relax, strengthen and restore the body such as vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, it also increases colostrum in the milk when used during pregnancy.

NETTLES Urtica dioica: Nettles are full of iron, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B, calcium, just to name a few of this green beauty’s constituents.  Very nutritious, indeed!

LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis: Helps mamas adapt to change, alleviates frustration, and soothes the nerves.

ALFALFA Medicago sativa: Stimulates lactation and increases the quality of breast milk while providing vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, calcium, iron, and zinc.

CARAWAY Carum carvi: A galactagogue that also provides calcium and iron to the body.

ANISE Pimpinella anisum: Another galactagogue, Anise is also said to promote youthfulness and prevent nightmares.  Lovely!

Visit our S H O P to purchase Sweet Nectar Milk Blend and our other pregnancy and postpartum series tea blends.

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!

Rhythm of Strength: Raspberry Leaf

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Brambles above the door for protection and eating the fruit for love, the Raspberry plant seems to fulfill many needs in the myths told of its powers.  Today the use of the Raspberry plant continues to be multi-faceted as a rich and nutritious herb that is tonifying to body and spirit.

Strengthening the body with special attention to the uterus, Raspberry leaf is an herb for those who are looking to get back into their rhythm, moving with the cycles of the body towards health.

Raspberry leaf is best known as a parturient herb which means that it posssesses qualities relating to birth and labor.  Use Raspberry leaf to strengthen the uterus during pregnancy and help reduce the symptoms of morning sickness.  With its incredible tonifying effect on the uterus, Raspberry leaf also lends support to those in labor by strengthening contractions and helping to facilitate placental delivery.  For postpartum support, Raspberry leaf decreases uterine swelling and minimizes postpartum hemorrhage as well as increasing the production of  colostrum in the mother’s milk.

In addition to supporting pregnancy and labor, Raspberry leaf reduces inflammation and excess dampness which is very useful for such conditions as menorrhagia.  Raspberry leaf has also been used in blends promoting healing from sexual trauma and abuse because of its high mineral count that nourishes the reproductive and nervous system.  Vitamin B1, vitamin E, calcium chloride, iron citrate, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and selenium are some of the vitamins and minerals found in Raspberry leaves and fruit.  While Raspberry leaf has a close bond with the uterus, it is also very nourishing for men as well.

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As an astringent Raspberry leaf is useful for diarrhea, hemorrhage, incontinence, and an overactive bladder. It improves digestion and is included in blends for sore throats, rheumatism, weak vision, and muscle cramps.  Raspberry leaf is very busy helping our bodies find balance again.

Topically Raspberry leaf is used in hair rinses to condition and highlight dark hair and a tea can be used as a mouthwash for canker sores, gingivitis, bleeding gums, apthous ulcers, sore throat, and tonsillitis.  Raspberry leaf is also an excellent poultice for burns, variscosities, and wounds because it is very soothing to inflamed skin.  As an eyewash Raspberry leaf helps to reduce discharge and inflammation of the eyes.

An easy way to use Raspberry leaf tea during labor is to freeze already brewed tea into ice cubes that the mother can chew on.  Raspberry leaf is gentle enough to take daily and its effects are best felt over the long term.  Since Raspberry leaf have a mildly astringent flavor I enjoy mixing it with sweeter herbs like Chamomile and Sacred Basil, but it is also very enjoyable as a single herb tea.  While featured in blends for heavy menstruation Raspberry leaf is an excellent toner for any menstruating woman because it adapts to the needs of your bodyaddressing issues such as lower back pain, cramps, irritability, and feelings of weakness.

The Tides of the Moon - Herbs for Heavy Menstruation

A full moon sat round in our sky just a few evenings ago.  As the moon waxes and wanes, our human bodies ebb and flow, mirroring its cycle.  Those who menstruate can find themselves especially sensitive to the cycles of the moon.  Or not at all.  There is not a single, definitive menstrual experience - though it would seem that our mainstream media attempts to define one all the time ("Oh no!  Not your period!  How will you ever have a social life?!  It will embarrass you!").  Many times advertisements for menstrual products propose a "solution" to menstruation which usually involves being able to pay less attention to it.  I feel that just as when we pay better attention to our breath we are able to breathe better and when we are more mindful of our menstrual cycles we are able to bleed better.

Choosing how we treat ourselves during our menstrual cycles can be as simple as a shift of perspective.  Instead of a burden or "invasion" of our social calendars as so many advertisements would have us perceive menstruation, we can acknowledge the cycle that our body is going through, giving ourselves space and time when we need it.  Asking for space and time can be perceived in itself to be burdensome, but it is an important part of our health and wellness.

For those of us who have especially heavy periods, known as menorrhagia, menstruation can feel like a great weight on our bodies, our mental outlook, and relationships.  Fortunately, we have many green allies who can work with our bodies to reduce bleeding, cramping, and the emotional exhaustion that can come for some menstruating folk.  Moon River is a restorative blend that provides the body with nutrients both physical and emotional, renewing energy, regulating the menstrual cycle, and relieving symptoms such as cramps, headaches, and mood swings.

The following herbs are helpful for those with heavy cycles and can be found in Moon River.

RASPBERRY LEAF Rubus idaeus: Toning and strengthening for the uterus, Raspberry leaf is also helpful with its astringent qualities in treating menorrhagia as well as diarrhea that can occur during menstruation.  Raspberry leaf also reduces inflammation and is antispasmodic.

NETTLES Urtica dioica: Very nutrient rich, especially in iron, Nettles nourish the body.  Nettles are also useful for treating menorrhagia because it reduces excess bleeding and replacs nutrients loss, especially iron.  Nettles are drying and stimulating, which is important when treating the wet and exhausting symptoms of excessive bleeding and energy loss.  Nettles also support the liver, spleen, and gallbladder, allowing them to support the body during menstruation, such as the liver's role in breaking down excess estrogen.

OATS Avena sativa: Rich in calcium, iron, manganese, and zinc, Oats are very nourishing when the body feels depleted and exhausted.  Oats can also relieve tension headaches and melancholic states that might occur before and during menstruation.

SACRED BASIL Ocimum sanctumto: An excellent adaptogenic herb, Sacred Basil lifts the mood, balances the energetic body, and relieves cramps.

While drinking herbal teas are very useful and beneficial, when our menstrual cycles our burdensome, there is usually some underlying cause that needs to be addressed to restore balance.  Making sure to take time to be quiet and reflective during menstruation can often provide the insight needed to make changes to how we menstruate.  Menstruation is an opportunity for change and can be a very powerful time to re-focus and re-vision, but first we must take the time to do so.

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