By Daja, Contributing Writer
Teas (or infusions) are a great way to consume the medicinal properties of herbs. They go down easily and are fairly inexpensive. In pregnancy when swallowing pills and tablets may not sit so well with your digestion, tea could be your answer.
There are teas on the market for pregnant women. Quite a few of them actually. So, why go through the trouble of blending your own? A couple reasons:
Taste. Let’s be brutally honest here. A lot of herbal teas on the market just do not taste that good. They taste sort of stale and a bit boring. They are certainly no replacement, taste-wise, for a robust cup of Earl Grey or strong coffee. But, blending your own can be a great way to get a taste you love and would happily drink throughout the day.
Price. Although, even packaged teas are usually within our price range, you can actually save quite a bit by purchasing (or growing and drying yourself) herbs and blending them yourselves.
Quality control. I don’t know about you, but I like know exactly what is in my food, even my supplements. By mixing teas myself I know that the herbs are from a source I trust and are completely pure.
There are many herbs that are supportive to pregnancy. These are the ones I choose to include in my combo, along with the whys. (Knowing the whys of things is crucial, am I right?)
Red Raspberry Leaf
Raspberry leaf, although caffeine free, has a taste reminiscent of black tea. It’s extremely pleasant, iced or hot. I include this because it has been used for centuries by midwives as a uterine tonic and to make labor easier. (source, source, source)
Rooibos has a natural sweetness that pretty much everyone enjoys. It’s high in anti-oxidants, trace minerals and is soothing and calming to the digestive tract. I even give it to my kids when they have upset tummies. (source)
Ginger has a long history of traditional use to treat a variety of stomach upset, including morning sickness, motion sickness, ulcers, stomach flus and even colic. It is also known for its anti-pain properties as well. I include it in my tea blend to counter that general icky feeling one can get in pregnancy, as well as any actual morning sickness. (source)
For a part of a plant we generally throw away, lemon peel actually contains quite a few nutrients! Calcium, vitamin C, and potassium to name a few. (source) It is also great for alkalizing the stomach and soothing to the digestive tract. It is also fantastic for liver and kidney support, and that’s a good thing in pregnancy when our livers and kidneys are working overtime supporting our growing babies!(photo source)
DIY: Pregnancy Tea Recipe
I call this blend Fem Genius, based on the works of St. John Paul II. He exhorted women to use their unique feminine genius to give and protect life and to create a culture of dignity. I can see this worked out every time I’m pregnant. It’s a sacred work. So, celebrate your feminine genius and raise a cuppa!
- 2 cups Red Raspberry Leaf
- 1 cup Rooibos
- 1/2 cup Dried Ginger
- 1/4 cup Dried Lemon Peel
Place all ingredients in a big bowl and toss until evenly mixed. Keep in a jar with a tight lid.
Steep a tablespoon in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired.
Do you use herbs in your pregnancies? Which ones are your favorite? Share in the comments!
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