Antenatal & Postnatal Remedies

Further to my previous blog titled SAFE Herbs for Mums & Bubs, the following is a selection of recipes and/or remedies for different issues that may arise, either before or after giving birth.

Blood Building 

  • 50g  Calendula
  • 50g  Red clover
  • 50g  Stinging nettle

Directions: Prepare the herbs as below* and drink three to four cups daily, as required.

Also, drink one glass (150ml) of organic beetroot juice every day to build up the red corpuscles in the blood and eat iron-rich foods, such as red meat, liver, dried fruit, fortified cereals and dried beans.

Breastfeeding/Lactation

To promote the production of breast milk, drink fennel or fenugreek tea as they have a milk stimulant action, making them beneficial during lactation.

To decrease the production of breast milk, drink sage tea as it assists in the drying up of milk in nursing mothers.

To relieve sore, engorged breasts and/or mastitis, apply chilled cabbage leaves directly to the painful area. 

Morning Sickness

  • 50g  Balm mint
  • 50g  Camomile
  • 50g  Fennel

Directions: Prepare the herbs as below* and drink two to three cups daily.

Nappy Rash & Cradle Cap

By activating skin tissue regeneration, calendula cream promotes healing and provides relief of minor wounds such as abrasions, scratches, cuts, sores, minor burns and even nappy rash. Apply calendula cream to the affected area, several times daily.

Postnatal Depression

  • 50g  Balm mint
  • 50g  Camomile
  • 50g  Oat straw

Directions: Prepare the herbs as below* and drink two to three cups daily.

Restlessness & Colic (in babies)

  • 50g  Camomile
  • 50g  Fennel
  • 50g  Peppermint

Directions: Prepare the herbs as below*, cool and feed to your baby in a bottle when needed.

*Preparation of Recipes:

Weigh each of the herbs listed in your chosen recipe, place them in a bowl, mix well and store in an airtight glass container, away from sunlight. 

Infuse one heaped teaspoonful of the mixed herbs with one cup of boiling water, steep for 3-5 minutes and strain. The infusion can be stored for up to 24 hours, in a covered container in the fridge, and then consumed cold or gently warmed.


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