Postpartum Herbal Essentials

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Photo by Logan Potterf 

A peaceful, joyful, stress-free mama makes a baby who cries less, gains weight faster, and grows to thrive. Never forget that you and your baby are ONE, which means if you are in balance, so will be your baby.

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As a new mother I felt fiercely protective of our tiny newborn. During my pregnancy, I tried to consume as much whole, organic, local food as I could (within our budget), and heal, clean and treat with herbs rather than drugs or chemicals. Once our daughter was born, it made sense to use clean and pure products for us both, since her body was so new and fragile, and through my breastmilk everything that touched my skin soon passed through to her.

Our neighborhood drugstore’s aisles of baby products and equipment were overwhelming to my tender new mama’s mind. It felt almost impossible for me to sort through what was *good* versus *harmful*.

The catch? These days, natural, organic store-bought goodness can cost a fortune. Using nature to heal is supposed to decrease our stress, not increase it by causing us financial strife (sigh).

The solution? Make your herbal goodies yourself . . . ORGANIC, NATURAL and AFFORDABLE!

I would love to share with you some awesome herbal resources I have found on my search. Many I am excited to prepare as gifts for expectant friends and family.

H E R B A L   E S S E N T I A L S 

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  • Mother roasting refers to the almost universal practice of keeping mothers warm immediately after the birth and in the weeks that follow. It is believed to seal the gateways, which have been opened by the birth, and to keep wind and cold from entering a vulnerable new mother’s body. A mother is warmed and healed through the use of essential massage oils, nursing teas, sitz bath herbs and belly wrapping.
  • Here are ideas for a Natural Postpartum Care Kit.
  • Here is a go-to guide for the use of Herbs During Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum, courtesy of Motherlove Herbs.
  • My homebirth kit came with the Wishgarden mix of perineal healing herbs fromWishgarden Herbs. They have many wonderful herbal products for both mom and baby. We used the cord powder to help heal our daughter’s umbilical cord site.
  • For how to use the herbs in a healing bath for mom and baby, read about the Postpartum Herbal Bath.
  • Drink your herbs . . . here are recipes for Uterine Tonic Tea and Mother’s Milk Tea.
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H E R B S   F O R   B A B Y
My favorite online resource for a complete toolkit for your very own herbal apothocary! Organic essential oils are reasonably priced here. You can also find beeswax, salve jars, herbal sprays, glass bottles, and natural baby products, as well as herbs by the pound.
Other great products:
To learn more about the use of herbs for healing during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and lactation, find a copy of the wonderful Susan Weed’s Herbal for the Childbearing Year. Simply turning the pages will make you feel calm and cared for.

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