Welcoming a new baby into the world, and your life, is a transformative experience. It’s especially important that you have the tools you need to take care for yourself during this time because new mamas need as much care as new babies do.
AS you develop your postpartum plan, here are 10 herbs that can support your healing and make you more present during this time and with your baby:
-Fenugreek helps increase milk production
-Yarrow which has antimicrobial properties and helps to stop bleeding quickly and increase perineal healing
-Calendula which has anti-inflammatory properties and is a gentle antiseptic herb for perineal healing
-Lavender which is used to prevent or decrease stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality and ease perineal healing
-Holy Basil helps improve energy levels and soothe postpartum “baby blues”
-Plantain – has anti-inflammatory properties, encourages perineal healing and soothes tender birth tissues
-Catnip which can help soothe cramping, reduce pain and relive stress
-Motherwort helps improve uterine tone, boost your mood and soothe cramping
-Red Raspberry Leaf can help strengthen and tone the uterus and slow postpartum bleeding
-Witch Hazel which has antiseptic properties, can help relieve hemorrhoids, reduce inflammation and promote perineal healing
Before using these herbs, learn how they can be used. Some are best as teas, balms or oils. Some can be taken internally, while others should only be used externally. Work closely with your care provider to determine which herbs and methods of use are best for you and your body.
Are you an expecting Mama? Tell me how you’re feeling and what postpartum concerns you have in the comments.