Fertile Imagination

Herbs and Fertility

By @YourGreenBaby

Herbs have been used for centuries to maintain health and well being, to nourish the body and to aid in healing the body.  There are a few herbs that are especially beneficial in preparing the body for conception and pregnancy.

Red Clover Blossoms

Red clover blossoms are considered the most useful herb for fertility. Red clover blossoms have a high vitamin content and a high protein content which is beneficial for the entire body. They are quite high in calcium and magnesium both of which play a role in relaxing the nervous system and help to promote fertility. Red clover blossoms contain nearly every trace mineral needed by the endocrine glands and also play a role in balancing hormone functioning.

Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)

Chaste tree berry increases fertility by stimulating the pituitary gland, the head master of the endocrine system responsible for producing the sex hormones – estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and luteinizing hormone.  Chaste tree berry has been shown to increase progesterone which is considered the hormone of pregnancy and luteinizing hormone which promotes conception.  Chaste tree berry is also responsible for balancing hormonal levels.

Nettles

Nettles are very nourishing for the body, providing chlorophyll, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and K, and minerals calcium, copper, fatty acids, folate, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, zinc and sulphur.  Nettles have been shown to increase fertility, provide nourishment for mom and baby during pregnancy, ease leg cramps during pregnancy, reduces pain before and after birth, prevent hemorrhage after birth due to its vitamin K content which aids in clotting and decrease hemorrhoids by tightening and strengthening the blood vessels.  All of that plus it also helps to increase breast milk production.  This herb is a definite must when preparing your body for pregnancy, as well as during pregnancy and once your bundle of joy as arrived.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry leaf is a uterine tonic, toning and strengthening the muscles of the uterus and increasing blood flow to the uterus, improving its overall health.  It is a nourishing source of vitamins A, B complex, C and E, and an easily assimilated source of both calcium and iron.  Red raspberry leaf increases fertility, can aid in the prevention of miscarriage and hemorrhage, can ease the symptoms of morning sickness, decrease pain during labour and after birth, increases milk production and supports the contracting uterus to work more effectively during labour which can mean an easier and faster birth.

Fertility Infusion Tea

2tsp of dried red clover blossoms

1tsp dried nettle leaves

1tsp dried red raspberry leaves

Place herbs in a jar and pour 4 cups of boiling water over the herbs. Cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes or if desired overnight.

Strain and enjoy!

For more information on herbs and using them to help increase fertility I suggest meeting with a professional who can recommend the right combination of herbs and correct dosages for you.

Resources

Herbalist Diane Kent, MNIMH, RH

Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch

Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann


Other posts by Kim Corrigan-Oliver

The Importance of Preparing For The Journey

Nutrition Guidelines in the Preconception Period

See Kim’s posts on the topic of PCOS

Understanding PCOS and Recommendations for Nutrition and Lifestyle

Supplement Protocol For PCOS

The Liver and PCOS

Kim Corrigan-Oliver is a first time mom. She is a certified holistic nutritionist specializing in nutrition for mom, baby and toddler. She loves good food and to cook. And, she loves to share her passion for all of the above with those interested in learning more about feeding their babies and raising healthy happy children. For more information please check out her website at Your Green Baby.

2 comments:

  1. Emily M says:

    Use caution with red raspberry leaf. I have heard that it can increase risk of miscarriage by starting uterine contractions. (I think that is how it “tones” the uterus. Since it is a muscle, the way it is toned is by flexing itself, by contracting.) However, I have also heard it is great for jump starting labor for post-due mothers.

  2. Kim says:

    Caution should be used with all herbal preparations and of course meeting with a professional to determine what is best for you is always recommended.

    Red raspberry leaf is great to prepare the body and uterus for conception and pregnancy, and while it does tone and strengthen the uterus, it does not cause contractions and can be used safely during pregnancy.

    It does not jump start labour and does not increase the strength of contractions, but it does allow the uterus to work more effectively during labour.

    It also offers mom to be a wide variety of nourishing minerals and vitamins.

    As with anything it should be used in proper doses and consult with a herbalist or holistic nutritionst is highly recommended.