Oh Pam, you are remarkable, and that spills over into your incredibly-created, life-changing products! I’m not exaggerating. With the help of Fenugreek, I was able to breastfeed my son till he was 10 months. I would’ve been able to keep going, but I found out I was pregnant again and my supply ceased. The other products I love are the Tummy Tincture, Healing Salve, and Itch Relief. These last three items my whole family has used and loved! The past year I bought the Healing Salve at least 6 times! This stuff is a must have for EVERY household. As the original detailed info stated ‘Typical results is that it will heal a diaper rash within hours overnight in severe cases’ Absolutely 100% true!!! I cannot rave enough about this product! You can feel good that you’re putting something that’s healthy on your child and your other family members, their skin is not going to be absorbing anything unnatural or toxic. I’m going to buy this for my cousins that are having babies. Now, the Tummy Tincture was a must for my son and I while I was breastfeeding because we both became bloated while I was taking a larger quantity of the Fenugreek. This helped immensely! Pam, you have done a phenomenal job at meticulously detailing every product and which products work in tandem with one another. I forgot to mention that I also purchased and love the Garlic Ear Oil. It’s given my aching ears relieve many many times. Even when the doctor says she doesn’t see anything out of ordinary within my ears (even though I feel an ear ache coming on), I turn to this product for help. I only have to use it overnight to feel relief. I think that’s everything about the products. Now about you Pam. I have reached out to you twice about problems. You graciously and extensively answered me in depth and with compassion. The entire Herb Lore community is so positive and loving because of you and your products. Thank you so much for making healthy organic natural remedies that really do work, and improve mine and my family and friends lives. I wish you many blessings. Deep gratitude, TLC
The lists below are not all-inclusive, but will provide a general guideline of some of the most commonly used western herbs that should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
When used in cooking, occasional use of the culinary herbs listed below is considered safe.
Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy
Kava Kava Root
Any herb used as a laxative
Herbs to Avoid During Lactation
Kava Kava Root
Pam's Rule of Thumb:
~ Assume that whatever you take, eat or drink could pass through the breastmilk to your baby. What it does for you, it can also do to your baby. This is critically important for moms who want to take something for weight loss, or as a stimulant for energy (coffee, chocolate, etc).
For further information on this subject, please see our Premium article "Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy and Lactation: The In-Depth Version" (coming soon!). In this version, you will be given specific reasons why a particular herb may be contraindicated for a pregnant or breastfeeding mother.
written by Pam Caldwell
Certified Herbalist --- Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum & Lactation Specialist