Friday, May 08, 2009
all know that it is important to nourish ourselves by maintaining a
healthy diet, exercising regularly, making sure we take care or our own
needs as moms, and getting plenty of rest.
our kids have other plans for us! Whether it is a crying baby that
keeps you up all night, over-committing ourselves, or just generally
being off balance and on the verge of burnout- herbs can be an
excellent ally! Fellow moms often ask me what herbs I like to use
during busy or stressful times- below are some of my favorites! All of
these herbs are safe to use while nursing and are also excellent for
- Milky Oats -
Milky oats (tincture) will give me instant relief when I am on the
verge of burnout and exhaustion, not thinking clearly, moody, and just
plain overwhelmed. Milky oats are nourishing for the nervous system and
can be taken over a long period of time. I notice the effects
immediately, feeling revived and rejuvenated.
- Alfalfa- Alfalfa is packed with nutrients- a great addition to tea!
- Gotu Kola-
Commonly used in Ayruvedic medicine, combined in a formula with other
nervines, it reduces nervous exhaustion while at the same time
promoting mental clarity.
One of the best nutritive herbs. This herb can be used daily. This is a
great herb to use to revive yourself if you are feeling drained. The
whole plant including the seeds is an excellent remedy for adrenal
exhaustion, something a lot of mom's may experience when they juggling
multiple tasks and don't take the time for self care. Nettles are packed with trace minerals and vitamins.
Often thought of as just a weed, dandelion is a wonderful mildly bitter
herb that has a long use in traditional herbal medicine as both a food
and a beneficial medicinal remedy. Dandelion leaf can be eaten in
salads, stir fry, the root roasted can be used as a coffee substitute
and the dried root can be added to your tea blends.
this herb will come in handy for both mom and baby. Not only does it
have a gentle relaxing effect, it will reduce colic in your baby both
through the breast milk, used alone as a tea, or used in a "gripe
water" formula. Catnip in a tea along with slippery elm, chamomile,
fennel, and infant massage helped my daughter with her colic symptoms
Another great herb for both mom and baby, it is not only relaxing it is
a natural anti-inflammatory, and good for nervous tummies. So when your
baby begins teething, chamomile is an excellent herb to have on hand to
both relax you and your baby. Chamomile will also help with local
inflammation of the gums when your baby is teething (apply tincture
directly). I like chamomile combined with lavender as a tea for
Gentle and relaxing to the nervous system, it is good for insomnia, as
well as milk production & the let down reflex, combined with other
herbs such as chamomile, fennel, catnip.
- Passionflower- I like this combined with other nervines in a nighttime tea, excellent for relaxation.
- California Poppy- Excellent for anxiety and insomnia.
- Lemon Balm-
I like lemon balm combined with other herbs in a tea, the herb gives a
general over-all good feeling. Calming effects will pass to your infant
through the breast milk if you are nursing. Combines well with milky
oats in tincture form.
- Motherwort- This herb is bitter, great for anxiety. I like this herb in tincture form.
For the mom's with so much on their mind, new changes, over
stimulation, a touch of the blues, exhaustion from lack of rest, I
think this herb is one of the most valuable. It will nourish &
restore your nervous system.
This herb will help when you are irritable and on the verge of the
angry "I've had it and I just might lose it" cry. Great to combine with
the skullcap and or milky oats in tincture form. Good for the emotional
mood swings of PMS-safe to take over long periods of time.
Goodloe graduated from the American College of Healthcare Sciences with
her Diploma in Herbal Studies Master Herbalist and Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in 2005. She also graduated from the East West College of
the Healing Arts in 2003 and currently teaches holistic health courses
online. To read more about Angie and her word, check out her blog: http://authenticmama.com/
is the opinion and/or claim of the author. It is always recommended
that you consult with a primary health care provider before making
significant changes to your diet or health care routine.