Postpartum: 8 Moms’s Medicinal Plants

Learn about plants that can help her after the birth of your baby.

Entry into the world of motherhood is an overwhelming experience and only on women’s lives. However, few of us are prepared for the impact this event will have on our lives.

Hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, difficulties with breastfeeding, the physical fatigue and insecurity generated by the conflicting messages about what is “correct” in the care of the baby are the typical basic ingredients of the recipe of a postpartum agitated.

Get to know medicinal plants compatible with breastfeeding can help you have more energy, manage stress and improve the quality of rest in the postpartum.

Spirulina (Spirulina platensis), blue algae commercially available powder to add the juices and smoothies (cheapest option but not pleasant for every palate), or classic us pills. Spirulina is rich in protein, minerals, vitamins of the Group B (but not vitamin B12) and beta carotenes, and is a great help to maintain high energy levels.

Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera). Widely used in Ayurvedic tradition, is part of the plants with adaptógena action. The adaptógenos improve the resistance to stress, reduce anxiety and irritability, promote restful sleep and a healthy psychological function, and still stimulate the immune system. Is perhaps the most important medicinal plant for recent moms. Can be taken for many months in a row, Tablet, for a total of 1 to 6 grams per day of plant extract.

Oats (Avena sativa). Oats, cereal Rico in vitamins and minerals, is traditionally used as a nourishing tonic and sedative. May be taken in tincture, a teaspoon 1 to 3 times a day.

Nettle (Urtica dioica). Particularly nutritious plant, contains vitamins and minerals, among which stand out the iron, potassium and silicea. This plant is used to treat anemia and offset the loss of iron by postpartum hemorrhage, and also to stabilize blood sugar levels. The nettle tea is delicious and can be combined with other plants, such as alfalfa (Medicago sativa), the orange blossom or lemon verbena. Dose: 1 to 3 cups per day. Prepare with a spoon and a half of plant for 2 cups of boiling water, and allow to stand 30 minutes.

Leaves of raspberry (Rubus idaeus). Known as prenatal tonic, this plant is also a uterine tonic that can be combined with nettle with maternity sleepwear, rosa canina and many other teas. Dose: 1 to 3 cups per day. Prepare with a spoon and a half of plant for 2 cups of boiling water, and allow to stand 30 minutes.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). This plant relax the mother and the baby through breast milk, helping him to overcome any cramping. The tea, let rest 10 minutes, can be taken throughout the day or before going to sleep.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). The essential oil of this plant soothes headaches if used to mother’s BP massaging the temples along with the essential oil of peppermint. The relaxing action can be leveraged for mother and baby by diffusion in the environment of the bedroom before going to bed (3 or 4 drops in the diffuser), or in mom’s bathroom, with 1 or 2 drops, diluted in massage or bath oils.

Scutellaria (Scutellaria lateriflora). This plan reduces the tension, promote restful sleep, and help in mild cases of postpartum depression, exhaustion or over-stimulation.

Dose: 1/2-1 teaspoon of tincture, 2-4 times a day.