I have been using Herb Lore's Labor Tincture for a couple of years in our hospital practice and have been very happy with it. It seems to not increase uterine irritability as some other preparations do, and around 70% of patients started labor after using the tincture. Olga Libova, MS, CNM, RN
Herb Lore's Pregnancy Tea and Pregnancy Tea Plus are healthful and refreshing herbal combinations that are supportive and toning to the entire system before, during and after pregnancy. The regular Pregnancy Tea may be used throughout the entire pregnancy, and because of its high vitamin and mineral content, achieves its best results when used on a long-term, daily basis. Pregnancy Tea Plus is similar to Pregnancy Tea, with the addition of Squaw Vine, a late-pregnancy tonic which further helps to strengthen and nourish the uterus, preparing it for the upcoming work of labor and birth. Because this herb has some very slight oxytocic properties to it (meaning it has the potential to start uterine contractions, although it's not likely), it's recommended for use during the last six weeks of pregnancy only. Native Americans used this herb successfully throughout their entire pregnancies (hence the name Squaw Vine) - even so, we at Herb Lore like to work very conservatively, therefore, we recommend the Pregnancy Tea Plus only during the last six weeks. (The regular Pregnancy Tea may be taken throughout the entire pregnancy however.)
Herb Lore's Pregnancy Tea and Pregnancy Tea Plus are highly nutritious and healthful for both mom and baby. It helps to ease morning sickness, helps prevent miscarriage or hemorrhage due to a relaxed or atonic uterus, strengthens and tones the uterus in preparation for labor and birth (NOT by exercising it, but through nutrition), speeds postpartum recovery, and helps the uterus to regain its normal shape and size after birth. The Pregnancy Tea comes in a tincture form as well - Pregnancy Tea Tincture, and Pregnancy Tea Plus Tincture comes only in tincture form. NOTE: Due to the Alfalfa content, these products should not be used by those on blood-thinning medications.
Helpful Hint: For labor, make ice cubes from the tea (either Pregnancy Tea or Pregnancy Tea Plus), add a little honey for extra energy, and crush into chunks to make ice chips, which will provide refreshment, hydration, and nutrition during labor and birth.
The herbs are all organic or wildcrafted, contain no caffeine, preservatives or additives, and are of the freshest and highest quality possible. The tea comes in a tamper-evident, resealable pouch, which is air-tight and moisture-proof to keep your tea in the freshest condition possible!
This combination contains the following herbs:
Red Raspberry Leaf – a highly nutritive herb that has a special affinity for the uterus and muscles of the pelvic region. Through this quality, it tones the uterus and prepares it for conception, pregnancy and the work of labor and birth (postpartum recovery as well). It helps to prevent miscarriage and hemorrhage due to an atonic or relaxed uterus, eases morning sickness, and reduces pain during labor and after birth. It does not strengthen or start contractions but allows the contracting uterus to work more effectively, thus perhaps making birth easier and faster. It also assists in the production of plentiful breast milk. NOTE: Some sources claim that Red Raspberry Leaf can start uterine contractions. This is not necessarily true. Red Raspberry Leaf is one of the most widely used and safest of all the uterine/pregnancy tonic herbs. It contains fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself, but does not stimulate the uterus or cause contractions. It does not even strengthen contractions during labor, but it does allow the contracting uterus to work in a more efficient and effective way, and thus, may make birth easier and faster.
Nettle Leaf - Nettle contains nearly every vitamin and mineral necessary for human growth and health. It is abundant in vitamins A, C, D, and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and sulfur. Nettle contains more chlorophyll than any other herb, which is important to clean, purify and oxygenate the blood. It guards against anemia, helps gently relieve constipation, is extremely nutritious, and helps to support kidney function. It nourishes and strengthens kidneys so as to help facilitate the increased demands of the mother's blood cleansing during pregnancy. It eases leg cramps and other muscle spasms and pain due to the high calcium content. (Nettle and Raspberry Leaf contain calcium in its most absorbable form. Spinach, chocolate, rhubarb and brewers yeast will interfere with the absorption of calcium, and calcium supplements made of bone meal and oyster shell should be avoided as they are not as easily absorbed in the body and have actually been shown to contain high levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, and other toxic metals.) Nettle prevents hemorrhage due to its high Vitamin K content, and its astringency and nourishing action help to reduce hemorrhoids by tightening and strengthening blood vessels. It also will increase the richness and amount of breast milk.
Dandelion Leaf - one of the best herbs for preventing and treating pre-eclampsia and strengthening the liver. (Poor functioning of the liver is both symptomatic and a causative of pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a serious issue that requires medical attention.). It acts as a gentle diuretic, helping the body to eliminate excess water retention, which is so common during pregnancy. Unlike typical diuretics, though, Dandelion Leaf will not rob the body of important nutrients, but will instead supply and nourish the body with its readily-available vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, folic acid, and iron. It helps the kidneys function better and also helps to prevent and correct anemia.
Alfalfa - this herb contains 8 essential amino acids for good digestion and helps relieve nausea. Like Nettle, it contains almost every vitamin and mineral known to man. It is extremely high in chlorophyll, which helps with blood oxygenation and purification, and helps to correct constipation. It is very high in Vitamin K (the blood clotting vitamin), which helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage, even if there's a history of it.
Chamomile - relaxing, soothing and calming to the entire system. Helps with digestion and nausea, and is also high in calcium. The essential oil of Chamomile is anti-inflammatory in nature and is wonderful in healing swellings, achy joints and other inflammations. Rosemary Gladstar states "This delicate, gentle flower is a must for pregnant women. Its sunny disposition is helpful for lifting the spirits and its calming relaxing attributes are very soothing to the soul."
Oatstraw - also great for the nerves. It is high in calcium and magnesium and complements Chamomile wonderfully. It is also a great herb if yeast infections are a problem.
Peppermint - this herb not only gives your tea a wonderful taste, but it is a great digestive aid as well. It is used frequently for upset stomachs, poor digestion, and for colds and fever.
Pregnancy Tea Plus
Again, this product is recommended for the last six weeks of pregnancy only. It is all of the above herbs with the addition of:
Squaw Vine - this herb and Red Raspberry leaves are the two best herbs for toning and nourishing the uterus and body in preparation for childbirth. It also will help the body to recover and regain strength following the birth.
Midwives report that their clients who use Pregnancy Tea Plus have a very low (many report 0%) transport rate.
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written by Pam Caldwell
Certified Herbalist --- Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum & Lactation Specialist