Nettle Leaf (Urica diocca)
Rich in calcium, iron and other vitamins and minerals, nettle is a nourishing herb. Mild diuretic, helps increase flow of milk and aids in restoring and rebuilding the mother’s energy following childbirth.
Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)
Tones and nourishes the uterine muscles, is rich in vitamins and minerals, natural chelated iron. Enriches and increases the flow of milk, restores the system following childbirth.
Peppermint Leaf ( Menthe piperita)
According to the American Botanical Council Peppermint is helpful in assisting people with general indigestion and non-ulcer dyspepsia and makes for a soothing and warming after dinner tea. The essential oil of peppermint can be applied to the skin or mouth to relieve pain. The essential oil in peppermint teas relieves the pain associated with colitis and colic. Both the peppermint leaf and peppermint oil have German E commission monographs, both for use as a carminative, and as an antibacterial.
Comfrey Leaf (Symphytum officinale)
Comfrey leaf has a long history of use to promote the healing of bones and wounds, as well as internal use to treat a wide variety of ailments from arthritis to ulcers. Dioscorides recorded how it was used in treating the armies of Alexander the Great, and Pliny the Elder also makes mention of its great many uses. Its use in Chinese traditional medicine spans over 2000 years. The main healing ingredient in comfrey leaf appears to be a substance called allantoin, which encourages the rapid growth of cells. It also breaks down red blood cells, which could account for its ability to help heal bruises and contusions as well as promoting the growth of muscle, cartilage, and bone growth.
Plantain Leaf (Plantago major)
Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and in calcium. Medicinally, Native Americans used plantain leaves to relieve the pain of bee stings and insect bites, stop the itching of poison ivy and other allergic rashes, and promote healing in sores and bruises. Plantain tea can be used as a mouthwash to help heal and prevent sores in the mouth, and as an expectorant. Most recently, plantain is being marketed as a stop smoking aid. active constituents show antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as being anti-inflammatory and antitoxic. The leaves, shredded or chewed, are a traditional treatment for insect and animal bites and the antibacterial action helps prevent infection and the anti-inflammatory helps to relieve pain, burning, and itching.
Violet Leaf (Viola odorata)
The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, and laxative. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, and asthma
Blessed Thistle Leaf (Cnicus benedictus)
Stimulates blood flow to the mammary glands and increases and enriches the flow of mother’s milk. Blessed Thistle’s homeostatic properties also reduce the chances of hemorrhaging during childbirth.
Fennel Seeds (Foeniculum vulgare)
Used as a glactogogue and for indigestion and coughs. Fennel seeds encourages secretion of saliva and gastric juices. It also stops stomach cramps and break up congestion caused by colds and allergies.
Fenugreek Seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Used as a glactogogue in doses of 3-5 grams a day. In high doses (15-100 g a day) may lower blood sugar slightly.
Chamomile flowers (Matricaria chamomilla)
Recommended for the daily stresses of life, digestive disorders and when combined with ginger root, morning sickness.
Lemon Balm Leaves (Melissa officinalis)
Calms and relaxes the nervous system antispasmodic powers help relieve gas pains and reduce effects of allergies.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
A member of the mint family. Catnip has been used as a sedative to help with insomnia, producing similar effects as Valerian. The herb is also strongly antifungal and a bactericide for Staphylococcus aureus, as well as a close chemical relative to a number of insect repellants that affect mosquitoes and termites. Not recommended for use while pregnant.
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