I recently created a delicious herbal brew for a friend of mine who recently had a baby. It’s full of vitamins and nutrients to help new mamas recover their strength, and gentle, calming nervines to ease the spirit and help prevent baby blues. Here’s the recipe.
Herbal tea for new mums
- 2 parts nettles
- 2 parts dandelions
- 1 part lemon balm
- 1 part chamomile
- 1 part lavender
Fill a glass jar of your chose with herbs, top with boiling water and cap jar. Allow to steep for at least five minutes before straining off herbs. Enjoy!
While proportions aren’t really important, I’ve doubled up on nettles and dandelions because they are so full of vitamins and minerals. The other herbs combine together for taste and nervine effect. But you can mix it up as you like!
Please note, if you were to use just one teaspoon for each part, this recipe would make two whole litres of tea! This is a lot more than you need (stick to one to two cups per day!) so be sparing with herbs or be sure to share it out with the rest of the family.
Why I chose these herbs
Nettles: A favourite herb of mine, nettles are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals including:
- Iron, which is important for healthy red blood cells, brain function and immune system. This is particularly important if you experienced anemia during pregnancy or suffered significant blood loss during your delivery.
- Calcium, which is great for strong bones and teeth, preventing osteoporosis and proper functioning of the muscles and nerves. While it’s important throughout your lifetime, your body’s demand for calcium is greater during pregnancy and breastfeeding when both you and your baby need it.
- Vitamin A for healthy skin
- Vitamin D, which works with calcium to strengthen teeth and bones
- Vitamin K, a vitamin your body needs for blood clotting
Nettles have been used for generations to treat women for anemia after childbirth and is generally considered safe to take immediately after birth and for an extended period of time afterwards. However it is also known to increase milk supply, which is a great thing for most new mums but watch out for things like overabundant milk supply, engorgement and mastitis.
Dandelion: This is another herb that is jam-packed with nutrients. Like nettles, dandelions are an excellent source of iron, calcium and vitamins A and K as above. They are also a good source:
- B vitamins for the for the brain, nervous system, skin and hair
- Vitamin C, which blosters the immune system, acts as an antioxidant, helps make collagen to knit together wounds and support blood vessel walls and helps make nuero transmitters including serotonin
- Vitamin E, another anti-oxidant.
Dandelion also aids digestion and acts as a diuretic to help any post-partum bloating. You can read mroe about its nutritonal and medicinal properties here.
Lemon balm and chamomile: Calming, soothing herbs with a great taste, studies show they combine together to ease anxiety and promote sleep.
Lavender: A gentle nervine, Lavender has been used to calm nerves, sooth anxiety and help with insomnia and depression for thousands of years. This has also been backed up by a number of small studies. It also looks really pretty in a cup of tea!
A note on peppermint: An optional addition for those with an abundant milk supply
I like to add fresh peppermint to my herbal teas mostly because it tastes delicious and adds a lovely aroma but also because research shows it aids digestion by calming the stomach muscles and aiding the flow of bile. This can help with indigestion, bloating and gas, which can be particularly problematic post c-section. However it has been known to decrease milk supply so if you want to add it, be sparing and drop immediately if you notice any problems with your supply!
***Please note, I am just a mama like you and not a trained healthcare provider. So use your own instincts and if you’re unsure or unfamiliar with any of these herbs, please check in with your herbalist, doctor, midwife, or other health care provider.***
All these herbs can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs.
New mums – did you enjoy any herbal teas during breastfeeding and post-partum? If so, feel free to tell us all about them in the comments section below.