Are you wondering which botanicals are safe to take while nursing?

In this post, I’ll describe the six most common symptoms you experience and the EXACT natural remedies for your body – that are safe while breastfeeding.

Here’s the thing..  always consult your physician before taking any botanicals while breastfeeding.

Ready? Let’s get started.

#1 Constipation While Breastfeeding

Constipation is a challenge after childbirth.

Some easy remedies include:

  • Take dairy out of your diet! This is the #1 choice to reduce postpartum constipation
  • Adding a daily probiotic into your diet
  • Adding in Mg Citrate at night
  • Consider taking gluten out of your diet; especially if you have digestive issues
  • Add 1 tbs. of ground flaxseed to your diet with oatmeal in the morning
  • For more tips, read this post:


#2 Seasonal Allergies 

The #1 remedy for allergies while nursing, is freeze-dried stinging nettles.

Considered a Level 1 or safe botanical, you can enjoy this herb as a daily tea, but you will need the freeze-dried form to help reduce allergies.

Plus, you’ll want to address your gut health.

Read this post to see how the 4R approach can heal your gut and reduce allergy symptoms. >>

Then watch this video to learn about the benefits of stinging nettles.

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#3 Postpartum Cramping

I’ll never forget the time I was on the ground with pelvic pain, after the birth of my twins.  Lying on the kitchen floor, clutching my waist.  I crawled to get Crampbark to help with the pain.

As your body adjusts after childbirth, you may want to have Crampbark handy to help with pelvic pain.

This remedy also helps with your monthly cramps.  Watch this video to learn more.

#4  UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infections are painful.  And, if you’re breastfeeding you may want an alternative to antibiotics for the pain.

Here are my favorite remedies to stop the pain of a UTI.  If you get recurring UTIs, make sure you address your gut health with the 4R approach and always contact your doctor first!

#5 Yeast Infection

Yeast infections are common after childbirth; especially if you have poor gut health or happen to have a C-section. The funny part is, the yeast can cause bloating, digestive issues, and intense cravings for sugar and wine!

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And watch the video below for natural remedies for a yeast infection.

#6 Cold & Flu While Breastfeeding

  • Echinacea Tincture – for the common cold & flu
  • Marshmallow Root tea – to soothe a sore throat
  • Reishi Tincture – to boost immunity and reduce illnesses
  • Homeopathy is safe. Watch this video for my favorite homeopathic remedies for the>

79 Herbs to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Some common herbs you may want to avoid are: {see below for the full list}

  • Black Cohosh root (Cimicifuga racemosa)
  • Blue cohosh root (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
  • Borage leaves ( Borao officinalis)
  • Bugleweed leaves ( Lycopus spp.)
  • Cascara sagrada bark (Frangula purshiana)
  • Cat’s claw root (Uncaria tomentosa)
  • Celandine root and leaves (Chelidonium majus…)
  • Chaparral leaves (Larrea tridentata)
  • Chaste tree fruit (Vitex agnus-castus)
  • Cinchona bark (Cinchona spp.)
  • Cocoa seeds (Theobroma cacao)
  • Coffee seeds (Coffea arabica)
  • Cola seeds (Cola acuminata)
  • Colocynth fruit pulp (Citrullus colocynths)
  • Coltsfoot leaves (Tussilago fanfare)
  • Comfrey root (Symphytum officinale) – internally.  Safe externally for mastitis and cracked nipples. 
  • Copis rhinome (Coptis chinensis)
  • Dulse thallus (Rhodymenia palmetta)
  • Elecampane root (Inula helenium)
  • Ephedra herb (Ephedra sinica)
  • European pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
  • Fennel fruit (Foeniculum vlulgare)
  • Goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis)
  • Jamaica dogwood root (Piscidia erythrina)
  • Jasmin flowers (Jasminum pubescesn)
  • Joe-Pye weed root (Eupatorium purpurem)
  • Kava root (Piper methysticum)
  • Lemon balm herb (Melissa officinalis) – safe to take, but may change the taste of your milk.  Consider taking in small doses for the common cold. 
  • Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Mate leaves (Ilex paraguayensis)
  • Meadowsweet herb (Filipendula ulmaria)
  • Mother of thyme herb (Thymus serpyllum)
  • Oregon grape root (Mahonia spp.)
  • Poke root (Phytolacca americana)
  • Pulsatilla herb (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
  • Sage leaves (Salvia Officials)
  • Seaweed thallus (Laminaria spp.)
  • Senna leaves (Salvia officinallis)
  • St. John’s wort herb (Hypericum perforatum)- Considered a Level 2/3, you may consider it for postpartum depression 
  • Tea leaves (Camellia sinensis)
  • Thuja leaves (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Tobacco leaves (Nicotianoa tabacum)
  • Uva ursi leaves (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
  • Willow bark (Salix spp.)
  • Wintergreen leaves (Gaultheria procumbent)
  • For a complete list, DOWNLOAD this document


Consuming herbs while breastfeeding is safe and natural.  You’ll want to learn which herbs are safe for you and your child and always consult your doctor before taking anything new.




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