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 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.
Herbalist Diane Kent, MNIMH, RH
Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch
Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann
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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.