This herbal combination is similar to the Pregnancy Tea, but has the addition of Squaw Vine, a late pregnancy tonic herb. It has also been traditionally used to help strengthen and tone the uterus in preparation for labour and birth, but is recommended for use during the last six weeks of pregnancy only.
This combination contains the following herbs:
Red Raspberry Leaf - a highly nutritive herb that has a special affinity for the uterus and muscles of the pelvic region. Through this quality, it tones the uterus and prepares it for conception, pregnancy and the work of labor and birth (postpartum recovery as well). It helps to prevent miscarriage and hemorrhage due to an atonic or relaxed uterus, eases morning sickness, and reduces pain during labor and after birth. It does not strengthen or start contractions, but allows contracting uterus to work more effectively, thus perhaps making birth easier and faster. It also assists in the production of plentiful breast milk. NOTE: Some sources claim that Red Raspberry Leaf can start uterine contractions. This is not necessarily true. Red Raspberry Leaf is one of the most widely used and safest of all the uterine/pregnancy tonic herbs. It contains fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself, but does not stimulate the uterus or cause contractions. It does not even strengthen contractions during labor, but it does allow the contracting uterus to work in a more efficient and effective way, and thus, may make birth easier and faster.
Nettle Leaf - Nettle contains nearly every vitamin and mineral necessary for human growth and health. It is abundant in vitamins A, C, D, and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and sulfur. Nettle contains more chlorophyll than any other herb, which is important to clean, purify and oxygenate the blood. It guards against anemia, helps gently relieve constipation, is extremely nutritious, and helps to support kidney function. It nourishes and strengthens kidneys so as to help facilitate the increased demands of the mother's blood cleansing during pregnancy. It eases leg cramps and other muscle spasms and pain due to the high calcium content. (Nettle and Raspberry Leaf contain calcium in its most absorbable form. Spinach, chocolate, rhubarb and brewers yeast will interfere with the absorption of calcium, and calcium supplements made of bone meal and oyster shell should be avoided as they are not as easily absorbed in the body and have actually been shown to contain high levels of lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals.) Nettle prevents hemorrhage due to its high Vitamin K content, and its astringency and nourishing action helps to reduce hemorrhoids by tightening and strengthening blood vessels. It also will increase the richness and amount of breast milk.
Dandelion Leaf - one of the best herbs for preventing and treating pre-eclampsia and strengthening the liver. (Poor functioning of the liver is both symptomatic and a causative of pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a serious issue that requires medical attention.). It acts as a gentle diuretic, helping the body to eliminate excess water retention, which is so common during pregnancy. Unlike typical diuretics, though, Dandelion Leaf will not rob the body of important nutrients, but will instead supply and nourish the body with it's readily-available vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, folic acid and iron. It helps the kidneys function better and also helps to prevent and correct anemia.
Alfalfa - this herb contains 8 essential amino acids for good digestion and helps relieve nausea. Like Nettle, it contains almost every vitamin and mineral known to man. It is extremely high in chlorophyll, which helps with blood oxygenation and purification, and helps to correct constipation. It is very high in Vitamin K (the blood clotting vitamin), which helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage, even if there's a history of it.
Chamomile - relaxing, soothing and calming to the entire system. Helps with digestion and nausea, and is also high in calcium. The essential oil of Chamomile is anti-inflammatory in nature and is wonderful in healing swellings, achy joints and other inflammations. Rosemary Gladstar states "This delicate, gentle flower is a must for pregnant women. Its sunny disposition is helpful for lifting the spirits and its calming relaxing attributes are very soothing to the soul."
Oatstraw - also great for the nerves. It is high in calcium and magnesium and complements Chamomile wonderfully. It is also a great herb if yeast infections are a problem.
Peppermint - this herb not only gives your tea a wonderful taste, but it is a great digestive aid as well. It is used frequently for upset stomachs, poor digestion, and for colds and fever.
Squaw Vine - this herb and Red Raspberry leaves are the two best herbs for toning and nourishing the uterus and body in preparation for childbirth. It also will help the body to recover and regain strength following the birth.
Tea vs. Tincture?
Teas and tinctures are made from the same combination of herbs. For example, Herb Lore Pregnancy Tea Plus Tincture is made from Herb Lore Pregnancy Tea Plus, so the herbs are the same - it's just two different ways of taking them. Some people enjoy teas and enjoy the relaxing aspects of taking a time-out to drink a cup of tea. Others may not care for tea or do not have time to brew and drink a cup of tea. For these people, a tincture is perfect. Tinctures are also very convenient, as nothing needs to be brewed. You simply take the drops of tincture and you're done. You can easily carry a bottle of tincture in your purse and have it available to you at all times.
When you want an immediate response, a tincture may give you more immediate results. For nutritive herbs, either a tea, a tincture or a capsule would be fine. It comes down to personal preference.
Ice chips made from the tea (or tincture) provides nutrition and fluids to the new mother during labor. Adding a bit of honey provides extra energy. This will also help keep the uterus working strongly and efficiently throughout labour and birth, helping to facilitate placenta delivery and aid in postpartum recovery. If using the tincture to make ice cubes, use 2 droppersful (or squeezes) of the tincture per 8oz cup of water. This is the equivalent of one cup of herbal tea.
Pregnancy Tea Plus' entire contents include Red Raspberry Leaf, Squaw Vine, Dandelion Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Alfalfa, Chamomile, Oatstraw and Peppermint Leaf. Pregnancy Tea Plus Tincture is the exact same herbal combination as the Pregnancy Tea Plus - just in the tincture (liquid extract) form.
It is recommended for use during the last six weeks of pregnancy only.