Nourishing Herbs for Postpartum Health

Updated: Aug 12, 2018

In my first blog Welcome to the Postpartum Revolution I listed the 5 pillars common to postpartum care culture all over the world, REST, WARMTH, nourishing FOOD & DRINKS, SUPPORT & RITUAL. It's no surprise that nourishing food and herbal teas are central to this care. Traditionally each culture has great knowledge about there own local herbs for nourishing Mama's. However in todays global and multicultural society we have access to a wide variety of herbs. I absolutely love herbs and the passion is ever growing. Pictured above are just some of the postpartum herbs from my organic garden or wild harvested (from a clean pollution and pesticide free area). I use herbs daily in my personal life and will cook and brew them up for any woman I work alongside. Herbs in teas and soup also provide a warming benefit so crucial to healing during this time. Herbal teas are a great way to ensure Mama's stay hydrated, especially important if breastfeeding.

There are so many herbs to mention but some of my favourite herbs that I personally grow and harvest for adding a delicious and nutrient rich touch to postpartum meals and for making tea blends are:

- Nettle, a nutrient rich green high in iron, calcium and vitamin A, is a wonderful addition to soups and stews

- Raspberry Leaf, a fantastic uterine tonic used in teas and vaginal steams high in calcium, iron, and magnesium. Other vitamins and minerals include vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3 as well as vitamins C and E, manganese, niacin, and selenium.