On these pages you’ll find nearly a dozen formulas created especially for women, with a number of them particularly designed for mothers. Women may also find the following single extracts useful in supporting healthy hormone balance and a healthy body – Ashwaghanda, Bilberry, Black Cohosh, Chaste Tree, Cramp bark, Dong Quai, Ginger, Lobelia, Motherwort, Raspberry leaf, Red Clover, Saw Palmetto, Shepherd’s Purse, Uva Ursi and Yarrow.
Using herbs during pregnancy or while nursing.
Pregnancy - Very few herbs have been proven completely safe for babies in the womb. We do know herbs have powerful actions and may cross through the placenta to the baby, affect hormonal balance or stimulate early labor. It is best to not take many herbs during pregnancy, other than food herbs to support a healthy pregnancy, such as Nettle and Raspberry, unless they are absolutely needed and their use helps to avoid the use of more aggressive treatment. It is always wise to talk to your midwife, doctor or other health care provider if you want to use herbs while pregnant.
Nursing - Any herbs a nursing mother takes may pass through the breast-milk to the baby. Babies are much more sensitive to herbs than adults. Avoid the use of cleansing or anti-parasite herbs while nursing. Infants metabolize herbs diff erently than adults, with herbs often having a stronger action or a different action on babies and small children than on adults.