29 October 2012

wholistic woman: herbal teas

I've always been fascinated by herbs and natural healing and even more so after my natural medicine training in Malawi. Herbs can be digested in many forms, but mostly I love making teas!! (note to reader: always consult with your doctor to know if something is right for you. all our bodies digest, absorb, and process herbs/food/medicine differently and herbs are powerful!). 
How to make herbal teas:
-8 oz of boling water
-1-2 teaspoons of selected herb (some ideas below)
-honey or your favorite sweetener (optional)

-your favorite mug

*let steep for about 5 mins and enjoy*

wholistic herbs for women
raspberry leaves:
"Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat in persons of all ages and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant. Commentators frequently state that recent scientific research found no benefit in raspberry tea for expectant mothers, but this is not correct. The study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health in 2001 found that women who drank raspberry leaf tea had shorter labor, and fewer of their babies were delivered by forceps."* It's also just a great overall regulator of female reproductive organs!

nettle leaves:
"Nettle leaf is among the most valuable herbal remedies.  Because of its many nutrients, it is a slow-acting nutritive herb that gently cleanses the body of metabolic wastes.  It has a gentle, stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, enhancing the excretion of wastes through the kidneys.  

Nettle’s iron content makes it a wonderful blood builder, and the presence of vitamin C aids in the iron absorption.  As a hemetic (an herb rich in iron), this is an excellent herb for anemia and fatigue, especially in women.

Stinging nettle is beneficial during pregnancy due to its rich mineral value and vitamin K, which guards against excessive bleeding.  It is also a good supplement to strengthen the fetus.  It is used during labor to ease the pains, and will increase milk production in lactating women. Stinging nettle is often recommended for pre-menstrual syndrome because of its toxin-ridding activity.  When the liver is sluggish, it processes estrogen slowly, contributing to the high levels that cause or aggravate PMS.  It acts as a restorative remedy during menopause, and the astringency of the herb helps in excessive menstrual flow. "
I like mixing nettle leaves with my favorite black tea (irish breakfast), a teaspoon of honey, and a drop of milk! yum.

"It was highly valued by the Cherokee and other tribes as an emmenagogue and female medicinal herb, sometimes used as a ceremonial plant to introduce young girls into womanhood. This plant has considerable value as a sedative. Skullcap reduces stress, anxiety and nervous tension, promotes inner calm, and counteracts insomnia. Because of its antispasmodic action, it may also be helpful in treating menstrual cramps, childbirth pains, and convulsions."

all this wonderful herbalicous info is brought to you by http://www.mountainroseherbs.com it's also a great supplier of bulk organic herbs!!http://aliciaelizabeth.blogspot.com/2012/04/blessing.html


Unknown said...

super into this

sweetlady said...

Nettle leaf with vitamin K2? Oh, that's good to know. Has anyone seen a hibiscus plant? Its leaf is also a healthy source of nutrients. :)