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8 Must-have adaptogens for moms; even if you’re breastfeeding

8 Must-have adaptogens for moms; even if you’re breastfeeding

Are you curious about adaptogens, but worried to take them while breastfeeding?

Taking botanicals while nursing can be scary, but I’m here to put your anxiety to ease.

Don’t wait to start taking these, try one at a time and see how your body feels after each botanical.

Ready to dive in?

But first, What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and help us reach homeostasis. When taken regularly, you could feel like you’ve slept all through the night, your heat is regulated {not too hot, not too cold}, you get sick less, and you notice those little things your family members do – don’t bother you so much.

They basically take us out of the “fight and flight” rhythm and put us in the “rest and digest” phase to help restore our nervous system and ease anxiety. Which makes them perfect for this day and age!

How do you know they’re safe?

Breastfeeding Herbal Safety

I look to two references. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Aviva Romm’s references from the German Commission E Monographs.

#1 The American Academy of Pediatrics published guidelines for drugs used in lactating women:

  • ND: No data available
  • C: Compatible with breastfeeding
  • CC: Compatible with breastfeeding but use caution
  • SD: Strongly discouraged
  • X: Contraindicated

#2 Data from German Commission E Monographs & Dr. Aviva Romm’s Studies:

  • L1-Safest- no adverse effect observed in infants of lactating mothers
  • L2- Safer – Limited studies demonstrate no increased risk
  • L3- Moderately safe- no controlled studies in breastfeeding women or controlled studies demonstrate minimal adverse effects
  • L4- Possible risk- Positive evidence of risk but benefits may make the risk acceptable
  • L5- Contraindicated- Significant documented risk.

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The reality is, in this non-stop lifestyle we are living; adaptogens are necessary for women to consume daily.

Want to get started, in this post, I’m going to share 8 adaptogens all moms can explore to feel calm during all of the chaos.

8 Adaptogens For Breastfeeding Moms

#1 Rhodiola – Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola is an adaptogen that helps decrease anxiety, improves mood, reduces stress, and supports sleep. Tibetan medicine uses this herb to nourish the lung and treat lung problems like coughing blood and pneumonia.

Also known to help reduce chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, fibroids, hysteria, headaches or struggle with ADHD. But, keep in mind it’s not used for anyone with bipolar disorder!

  • Qualities: Sweet, slightly bitter, spicy, cool, and dry. Because it’s cooling if you tend to be cold; choose a warming adaptogen.
  • Tincture Dose: 20-60 drops; 2-3x day
  • Breastfeeding? LS/LD likely safe with limited data ¹ there are no expected contraindications with lactation.

>>Pro tip: Not for pregnancy and avoid if you have bipolar disorder. Also, it can cause insomnia in sensitive people.

#2 Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus

Translated as “she who has hundreds of husbands”, Shatavari can be used to enhance your libido and enhance fertility. It’s also great for minor hormonal imbalances, reduces vaginal dryness and dry skin, and improves libido. A diuretic and soothing demulcent; it relieves urinary, repatriation, and gastric irritation.

Qualities; sweet, bitter, warm, moist

For moms; if you’re feeling dry and inflamed especially in the urethra, cystitis {inflammation in the bladder}, and experience a dry cough this herb may be for you!

Traditional recipe: Boil Shatavari root, sugar, honey, pippali long pepper, and milk. Follow this recipe

  • Dose: Tincture; 20-30 drops; 2-3x day
  • Pro tip: If you’re experiencing diarrhea or abdominal bloating; mix with ginger or skip altogether. Not to be used with fat malabsorption, GI irritation, reflux, and during pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding? Shatavari is considered Category C; compatible with breastfeeding. ¹
  • Bonus: Shatavari may increase milk product and milk flow in lactating women!

#3 Schisandra – Schisandra chinensis

The Chinese name for Schisandra is wu wei zi, which means “five flavors fruit”.

Schisandra is an immune tonic; used for a cough, weakness, excess phlegm, and “hood vertigo” a feeling of congestion in the head. As an astringent, it’s used to control diarrhea, frequent urination and excessive night sweats, and vaginal discharge. It can be drying

It also calms the shen, and is effective if you have stress-induced heart palpitations, feel like you can’t take a deep breath, insomnia, anxiety, and bad dreams.

Use for stress-related illnesses, mild depression, PCOS, PMS, Insomnia, Fibroids and to improve memory and stamina.

  • Breastfeeding? Mills & Bones states N; No data available
  • Qualities; sour, sweet, salty, bitter and pungent, warm and dry

*Don’t take during acute illnesses

#4 Eleuthero – Eleutherococcus senticosus

Otherwise known as Siberian Ginseng this plant can be used for the treatment of people with wind or damp conditions.

As an adaptogen; it can help with depression, exhaustion, fatigue, stress, and improve physical stamina. It’s mild and unlikely to be overstimulating. If you struggle with insomnia, take Siberian Ginseng in the morning or skip altogether.

Take for mental stamina, physical or nervous stress, exhaustion, depression, fatigue, or illness exacerbated by stress.

  • Qualities; sweet, slightly bitter, slightly warm
  • Breastfeeding? KS known safe or likely safe with limited data ⁴

#5 Maca –Lepidium meyenii

Maca is loaded with important vitamins and minerals Vitamin C, as well as 20 amino acids — 8 of them essential. Great for low sex drive and reduces peri-menopause and menopausal activity like hot flashes and night sweats.

Maca can also reduce anxiety, and provide stress support; possibly due to flavonoids

Not for use pregnancy. Rich in essential amino acids, iodine, iron, and magnesium. The taste may turn you off, add to hot water, nut milk, or a smoothie

  • Breastfeeding? This source says it’s safe and will boost supply and kellymom.com suggests there is limited data.

30 Maca Recipes {so you can get your superfood on!}

#6 Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha is the Hindi name for this herb; which translates to “horse sweat-like odor” and is believed to give you the strength and stamina of a stallion.

In Ayurveda medicine, this herb is used to prolong life, stimulate the kind and enhance vigor and sexual prowess.

  • Breastfeeding? Withania somnifera is considered Category C; compatible with breastfeeding ⁶ and has been used to promote lactation in Ayurvedic medicine. One teaspoon (.5g) of Withania powder may be given 2x day with milk for lactation.

Qualities; bitter, warm, and dry

For moms; As a calming adaptogen, you can take it any time of day. Use it for acute and chronic pain, to decrease anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, Hypothyroidism, and PMS. Also, if you habitually miscarry and have a lack of libido – try Ashwagandha.

  • Dose:Tincture: 30-40 drops; 3x day
  • Powder; 1/2 tsp. of dried root in 8 oz. of water, decoct for 10 minutes, steep for 1/2 hours. form with hot water, ghee, and honey
  • Avoid if you are sensitive to the nightshade family, do not use the powder internally if you have excess iron, and avoid if you have hyperthyroidism. Avoid during pregnancy.

#7 Holy Basil – Ocimum sanctum

Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi is a great botanical for new moms trying to reduce coffee and wanting to soothe anxiety.

Known to promote the flow of mother’s milk, it also can also reduce “mental fog”, improving memory {great for ADD and ADHA} and reduces stress.

David Winston says he uses Holy Basil with Damiana, Rosemary, and Lavender for stagnant depression; when one has some type of traumatic event and you’re unable to move on.

  • Qualities: pungent, sweet, warm
  • Dose:Tincture: 40-60 drops; 3x day
  • Tea: 1 tsp. to 8 oz of hot water, steep, covered 5-10 min.

Breastfeeding? This herb was first suggested in my Optimal Nutrition for Postnatal recovery by Burrel Education but not found in my other herbal books.

Mommypotmus states that it has the safest rating possible and The Botanical Safety Handbook considers it as having no concerns while breastfeeding.

**BUT!! Do avoid during pregnancy or if trying to get pregnant; it can have an anti-fertility effect in men and women! Caution with medications.

#8 Reishi – Ganoderma lucidum

Great for frequent colds, HSV1 and 2, Heart palpitations, and to reduce stress.

  • Breastfeeding? LS w/C likely safe with cautions. Look for rashes and avoid if you have an autoimmune disorder.
  • Qualities; bitter and warm
  • Dosing: 20-30 drops 2-3x day or try Reishi tea or coffee!

Stinging Nettles – Urtica dioica {leaf & root}

Although not a true adaptogen, Stinging Nettles is considered a nutritive, tonic, and diuretic. But, I had to put them in here as the nutritional value supersedes another other botanical when it comes to women’s health.

Filled with Vitamin C, K, A & B, as well as, Ca, Mg, Iron, Potassium, and essential amino acids; a cup of stinging nettle tea could be the perfect botanical to nourish your body, reduce body pain, cramps, spasms, improve sleep and reduce constipation.

It’s also one of the best natural remedies to reduce allergies; when you use the freeze-dried stinging nettle capsules.

In Chinese medicine, Stinging nettles are used to dispel wind and dampness.

  • Qualities: Bitter and pungent and aids the liver in processing hormones and balancing emotions.
  • Dosing: 1-2 cups of tea or 20-30 drops of tincture 2-3x day
  • Lactation Category C; compatible with breastfeeding for both leaf & root ⁷
  • One of my favorite recipes is stinging nettle soup every spring made with rice or potatoes

https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/nettle_soup/

What could be better than experiencing motherhood with grace and ease?

I’d love to know your thoughts. Have you tried adaptogens?

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Tara
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Resources:

  • Mills & Bones; The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety ¹ pg. 573 ⁶ pg.631 ⁷ pg.517
  • Winston & Maimes; Adaptogens for Strength, Stamina & Stress Relief
  • Dr. Romm, Aviva: Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health ¹ pg. 598 ⁴ pg. 570
  • Lactogogue in Lactational Inadequacy {Sharma et al. 1996}

 

As always, I want to mention that none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA, this article is not medical advice, and it is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition. Please talk with your healthcare provider about any herbs or supplements you are considering.

8 Common Natural Remedy Mistakes – While Breastfeeding

8 Common Natural Remedy Mistakes – While Breastfeeding

Using essential oils in diffusers and just taking one herb; like Valerian for sleep, are just some of the mistakes I see new moms make when starting to use natural remedies.

Here’s the thing, herbal medicine is amazing for the nursing years; when used correctly.

But hang on, you want to know if you or your child is at risk before integrating herbal medicine. Read this post first to learn how to use herbs safely; https://taragregorio.com/how-to-use-herbs-while-breastfeeding-without-fear-4-simple-steps/

So, what goes wrong? Let’s dive in.

#1 Using essential oils in a diffuser

Essential oils are amazing, but when you use the wrong ones; like Tea Tree oil, in a diffuser, this can affect your breathing.

And, if you’re using it in a child’s room; you could be making a cough worse. Stick to safe breathing essential oils, like Lavender, if you like to use the diffuser. And, the humidifier is not the same:)

#2 Using essential oils neat – topically

Essential oils are very strong. When used topically on the skin, or in a bath, you could burn your child’s orifices.

  • For a bath? mix 1 drop of essential oil {just 1 drop!} with milk before adding this to the tub.
  • Topically on their skin? Dilute ALL essential oils with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, and always start with just one drop. It’s more effective than you think!

#3 Using just one herb for insomnia

Insomnia after kids is common. We’ll try anything to get back to sleep! Most often, insomnia runs deeper than just interrupted sleep.

Often, mom is lacking in valuable nutrients and her adrenals are on overload. I vlog about it here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLESYIq_dSgWBSJjc52He4ObvTgcFOBMAn

#4 Not doing anything at all

Many moms are so worried about using herbs, they wait. This is concerning when you struggle with depression and anxiety postpartum. Waiting and not doing anything at all is worse than reaching out to your doctor for medication.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, insomnia, or depression – ask for help! It could take years to overcome and you don’t want to wait.

 

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#5 Using homeopathy incorrectly

The safest medicine, during the nursing years, is homeopathy, but it’s hard to know how to use it correctly. In this video, I teach you how to use homeopathy for your children and the mistakes we typically make when we start using those little white tablets.

#6 Not taking enough botanicals

“What dose do I take?” is the #1 question I get all of the time. Specifically when it comes to tinctures.

  • Typically, you would take 20-60 drops, 2-3x day for one botanical.
  • When you combine herbs, it’s a TOTAL of 20-60 drops, 2-3x day.

Wondering what is a tincture? Read this post: https://taragregorio.com/what-is-a-tincture/

What about teas?

  • You could drink 1-2 cups of herbal tea a day to soothe anxiety and stress.

If herbs are not working for you, you’ll also want to check your thyroid and vitamin levels. Read this post, for my favorite supplements for new moms: https://taragregorio.com/11-postpartum-vitamin-supplements-every-new-mom-should-have/

#7 Drinking too much caffeine

Technically not an herbal remedy, but drinking too much coffee when nursing can create insomnia for years to come.

If you’re craving that second cup of coffee; especially at 3 pm – you may have adrenal exhaustion.

Skip the coffee, and grab an herbal tea. Better yet, take a nap if you can! I know, it’s not easy, but your sleep is so important right now. Begin self-soothing your body, so when the sleepless nights continue, you’re able to go back to sleep more easily.

#8 Taking the wrong botanicals internally

If you love natural remedies, you’ll want to learn how to use them safely. That means, avoiding the herbs that are not safe, and consuming the ones that are.

 

Give yourself a chance to learn how to use herbs during the nursing years, then your whole family will learn how to care for themselves for years to come.

AND, you’ll begin to reduce conventional medications which can affect your gut health and digestion for years to come.

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xo

Tara

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The 13 Benefits of Stinging Nettles During Pregnancy and Postpartum

The 13 Benefits of Stinging Nettles During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Are you wondering if stinging nettles are safe for you?

Imagine a daily tea that would nourish your body, soothe anxiety and stress, and help you sleep better.

It sounds so simple and it is!

Here’s a quick warning, always check with your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or have any health concerns; especially taking diuretics.

Want to get started?

In this post, I’ll share how you can use stinging nettles during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond.

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What are Stinging Nettles?

Stinging nettles or Urtica dioica is a common weed found in North America and is most commonly known for the sting you get when you walk by. It can be cooked and eaten in popular recipes like nettle soup or nettle cheese, but its sting disappears when you cook it.

If you happen to get the kiss of the nettles, you can always search for Plantago major nearby – chew it up and place it on the sting to soothe the burn.

Personally, I love the sting as it signifies the start of Spring and “wakes up” my immune system.

Stinging Nettle Treatment

If you’ve received the kiss from Stinging nettles, don’t worry.

  • Find Plantago major, otherwise known as plantain, chew in your mouth, and apply to the red, sting area
  • Within moments your sting will subside

13 Stinging Nettles Benefits

There are so many benefits of stinging nettles during pregnancy and postpartum.

Stinging nettles…

  1. are filled with vitamins A, C, K, and B
  2. has minerals of CA, Iron {helps fight fatigue}, and Mg {helps soothe the nervous system}
  3. may increase milk production
  4. decreases allergies when using the freeze-dried nettles
  5. decreases inflammation
  6. decreases blood pressure
  7. it controls blood sugar- have a cup with chocolate cake
  8. fights fatigue
  9. decreases the risk of iron-deficient anemia
  10. reduces pelvic congestion
  11. reduce caffeine and sugar cravings
  12. prevents osteoporosis
  13. prevents varicosities

So, Are nettles safe while nursing?

  • Stinging Nettles are considered a Level 1 herb by the German Commission E. and is safe while breastfeeding and during pregnancy

My favorite tea for breastfeeding moms is Earth Mama Milkmaid Tea which includes Stinging Nettles

Earth mama milkmaid tea ingredients:
Organic Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-graecum) Seed, Organic Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) Seed, Organic Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) Leaf, Organic Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Leaf, Organic Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) Seed, Organic Orange (Citrus Sinensis) Peel, Organic Anise (Pimpinella Anisum) Seed, Organic Caraway (Carum Carvi) Seed, Organic Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa) Leaf

3 Ways to use Stinging Nettles

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#1 Postpartum Stinging Nettle Tea

If you love making teas yourself, here is my favorite recipe for women of all ages.

Postpartum Tea Blend

Ingredients

  • 1 part Chamomile tea
  • 1 part Stinging Nettles
  • 1 part Milky Oat Tops
  • 1/4 part Lavender Buds

Instructions

  1. Place 1 tbs. of herbs in a cup.
  2. Cover with 1 cup of water.
  3. Steep for 5-10 minutes covered.
  4. Add in raw honey.
  5. Add a tincture if you need more
  6. Tincture for breastfeeding: Skullcap
  7. Not breastfeeding: Valerian {see links below}
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https://taragregorio.com/the-13-benefits-of-stinging-nettles-during-pregnancy-and-postpartum/

#2 Stinging Nettle Supplement for allergies

One of the benefits of Stinging Nettles is for seasonal allergies.

If you struggle with allergies, consider taking the Freeze-dried stinging nettles in a supplement form to reduce your allergies naturally.

#3 Stinging Nettle Tincture

I prefer to drink Stinging Nettles for all the vitamins & minerals, but you may want to use it as a tincture as well.

How to use stinging nettles for postpartum depression

Conclusion

Stinging nettles is one of the most beneficial botanicals to nourish our body with vitamins and minerals and ease the everyday stress of motherhood. Taken as a tea, you’ll notice the soothing effects immediately.

I hope you grow to love nettles as much as I do.

Have you tried Stinging Nettles? Let us know

xo

Tara

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How to use herbs while breastfeeding without fear – 4 simple steps

How to use herbs while breastfeeding without fear – 4 simple steps

Are you wondering how you can use natural remedies while nursing without worry?

It all boils down to four things.

In this post, I’ll cover the four simple steps you can take to use herbal medicine without fear during the nursing years.

But don’t forget, always check with your doctor before taking herbal medicine.

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#1 Do you have any allergies?

  • If you or your child’s father has a known allergy, stay away from these botanicals.
  • For example… Chamomile is the safest herb to take while breastfeeding, BUT if you have an allergy to the daisy or Asteraceae family avoid this botanical and the other herbs in its family altogether.

#2 Are you taking medications?

  • If you’re taking medication, you always want to check with your doctor before adding in botanicals.
  • For example, if you’re taking SSRIs, the biggest herb/drug interaction may be St. John’s Wort.
  • You would never want to take a botanical for which you are already taking conventional medication.

#3 Botanicals to avoid while nursing

There are botanicals you may want to avoid while nursing. Keep in mind, this is not a complete list but it will help you feel a bit more comfortable.

Some of the herbs on the list are not safe to take internally, but you may see they are suggested externally; like comfrey root for cracked nipples.

And, some of the herbs like Lemon Balm – will not hurt your child, but will affect the taste of the milk.

And lastly, some women have taken St. John’s Wort for postpartum depression; even though it is a Level 2/3 botanical.

For a complete list of herbs to avoid, DOWNLOAD this PDF

#4 Safe Natural Remedies While Nursing

Then you’ll want to know which herbs are safe to take while nursing.

Here are five references for herbal medicine safety while breastfeeding.

In Dr. Aviva Romm’s book, Botanical Medicine of Women’s Health – they break down a handful of botanicals and their safety.

LACTATION RISK CATEGORIES

  • L1 Safest – No adverse effect observed in infants of lactating motherspostpartumdepression L2 Safer – Limited studies demonstrate no increased risk
  • L3 Moderately Safe – No controlled studies in breastfeeding women or controlled studies
    demonstrate minimal adverse effects
  • L4 Possible Risk – Positive evidence of risk but benefits may make the risk acceptable
  • L5 Contraindicated – Significant documented risk.

 

The safest thing to do is try one herb at a time and wait and see.

You’re looking for adverse reactions in your child.

What are adverse reactions?

  • any changes in your child’s skin color
  • any allergic reactions
  • if they fall asleep – when it’s not nap time. This has happened with valerian root.
  • if they’re fussy, colicky, or unusually uncomfortable

Stop taking the botanical and wait.

Typically, when you’re child is three months or older their liver is able to process all medications and it’s a safe time to introduce Level 1 botanicals.

In a nutshell, you’ll want to know which herbs are safe to take internally versus externally and the lactation risk categories determined by studies. {pubmed is a good source}

Then decide if you want to take the herb as a tea, tincture, or externally for mastitis or cracked nipples.

Here are five ways to use botanicals without giving up nursing


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Tara

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Breastfeeding? 6 Common Symptoms And Your Natural Remedies

Breastfeeding? 6 Common Symptoms And Your Natural Remedies

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:
  • https://taragregorio.com/10-ways-to-reduce-constipation/

 

#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. >>https://taragregorio.com/how-the-4r-approach-helped-me-heal-my-gut-allowed-me-to-eat-gluten-again/

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!

Read this post:https://taragregorio.com/yeast-infections/

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 flu.li>

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

Conclusion

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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Herbal Medicine Safety While Breastfeeding Books & References

St. John’s Wort While Breastfeeding

St. John’s Wort While Breastfeeding

Are you considering St. John’s Wort {SJW} for postpartum depression?

Even though It’s become the most popular alternative to pharmaceuticals for depression in Europe and the US, it’s so much more than the “depression herb”.

Let’s dive in.

Here’s my promise to you, by the end of this post you’ll understand the risk/benefit ratio and determine if SJW is right for you and the ONE person who should not take St. john’s wort.

St. John’s Wort can be useful for some types of depression, but it also has great benefits for anxiety, grief, melancholia, estrogen clearance, and numbness due to nerve pains and/or damage.

But, Is St. John’s Wort Safe While Breastfeeding?

Here are three References

#1 St. John’s Wort is considered a Level 2/3 by the German Commission E. in Dr. Aviva Romms Book; Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health¹.
  • What does that mean?
    • L2: Safer; Limited studies demonstrated, but no increased risk
    • L3: Moderately Safe; No controlled studies in breastfeeding women or controlled studies demonstrate minimal adverse effects
      • There are limited studies that show no increased risk in the child’s health. Many studies have been flawed due to the poor use of extracts or questionable preparation of the product.

:: In one study, women ingested 300 mg of St. John’s Wort a day and low levels of hyperforin were detected in breastmilk, however, no constitutes of the herbs was detectable in the babies plasma and no adverse effects were observed in either. Source

#2 Lactation and medication expert Thomas Hale & Hilary Rowe authors of Medications and Mothers milk suggest transfer to milk are minimal and it appears to be safe during lactation. ¹
  • However, 1 intact in each group was reported to be colicky, but there was no change in milk production and weight of the infants ¹
#3 The essential guide to herbal safety by Mills & Bones considers St. John’s Wort a Lactation Category CC. Compatible with breastfeeding, but use caution. ²
  • It appears the most common side effects would be colic, drowsiness, and lethargy giving the mother a signal to stop taking the botanical

And, keep in mind.. a small percentage of women have an increase in depression when they take St. John’s Wort.

So, if you notice any adverse effects, stop taking the supplement or tincture.

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St. John’s Wort Dosing

Personally, I prefer to take SJW as a tincture.

I like to test one herb at a time. Then, when I feel comfortable, I like to use a combined tincture of SJW and nervines to soothe the nervous system.

  • Tincture Dosing: 40-60 drops; 3-4x day
  • Capsules: 300- 350mg of standardized extract 3x day {0-3% total hypericin}

St. John’s Wort Postpartum Benefits

Internally, you can take St. John’s Wort as a tincture or supplement for:

  • sciatica
  • as an antiviral to reduce cold symptoms
  • seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • menopause
  • Monthly PMS blues
  • mild/moderate depression
  • ** My favorite reason to take SJW is for detoxification to reduce excessive estrogen levels and to reduce PMS & PMDD

Externally, it has many benefits as well.

When you place the flowers St. John’s Wort in oil, it turns red. Use this oil externally/topically for:

  • spinal/ nerve injuries due to childbirth
  • vulvodynia (vaginal pain)
  • also for first-degree burns, bruises, bites, and puncture wounds

Can you take St. John’s Wort for Postpartum depression?

Who should avoid St. John’s Wort?

SJW is well-known for enhancing liver detoxification, which reduces the blood flow of many medications.

  • Anyone taking the following medications should skip SJW for now
    • Avoid St. John’s Wort if you’re taking warfarin, digoxin, protease inhibitors, organ transplant antirejection drugs, or chemotherapy
    • Use caution with oral contraception
    • Use under a physicians supervision if you’re taking antidepressants
  • In large doses, you may notice photosensitivity to sunlight and want to avoid this
  • It’s also contraindicated during pregnancy, however, safety studies are lacking

In short…

St. john’s wort can be used during breastfeeding when you purchase a standardized product from a reputable company. Standardization of the herb is to guarantee that the consumer is getting a product in which the chemistry is consistent from batch to batch.

  • Look for 300 mg 3x day to decrease postpartum depression and watch for adverse effects like colic, lethargy, and an increase in depression in mom.
  • Keep in mind, it takes a comprehensive approach to overcome postpartum depression and this is just one part of the puzzle.
  • Nervines are also needed to soothe the nervous system after childbirth.

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References

¹ Romm, Aviva; Botanicals Medicine for Women’s Health pg 887 ²Mills & Bones: The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety Hale & Rowe; Medications & Mother’s Milk https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16566628/#:~:text=The%20only%20existing%20report%20on,John’s%20wort. https://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/lactation_risk_cat/https://www.infantrisk.com/content/drug-entry-human-milk
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