How to figure out what to use? Pregnancy can seem like a long list of "don't do this or don't do that" We already covered what herbs NOT to use in this post last week. However it can also feel like you are being bombarded by dozens of different suggestions for supplements, vitamins, and herbs [...]
How Do I Figure This Out? The first thing on most pregnant mamas' minds is probably, " Is this dangerous for my baby?" The second thing is probably, "How can I feel better?" Like conventional medicine, herbs can be harmful, but they can also be very beneficial for you and your child. One Google search [...]
That is the goal of this upcoming series; I am collecting useful information and writing a series of blog posts on what the average mama needs to know about herbs as she works to stay healthy and strong through her pregnancy, labor, and post-partum period. Here are a few of the topics I'll be writing about . . .
Our Favorite Soothing Diaper Rash Spray There's not much worse as a parent than knowing your little munchkin is in pain and not being able to help them feel better. On the other hand there's not much more empowering and satisfying than seeing a problem, knowing just what to do to treat it, and quickly solving [...]
Catnip, specifically Nepeta Cataria, (There are over 250 varieties) is an aromatic perennial herb in the mint family. It is generally used by humans as a carminative (helps to expel gas) and as a gastric stimulant. It is "calming, relaxing, pain relieving, and gentle." (Herbs for Children's Health/HCH) "Catnip is best known for its curious [...]
" The finest and safest of all medicinals" is how Chamomile is described by Rosemary Gladstar. What's not to love about Chamomile? It's has beautiful little daisy-like flowers that would look great in any garden, it's gentle enough even for babies, and it has so many uses! It is "commonly used for -stomach stress, -digestive [...]
So what is a tincture? The Prescription for Herbal Healing says that, "Tinctures are made by soaking an herb in alcohol. This causes the active constituents of the plant to dissolve, and gives the tincture a stronger action than teas or infusions." Tinctures are beneficial because they are much more concentrated, meaning it is easier [...]