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Tuesday, June 02, 2020 4:34 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
AFTER A CESAREAN: NOURISHING, TONIC, AND ANTI-INFECTIVE HERBS

by Susun Weed


Safe Use of Herbs After a Cesarean:

·       Water-based infusions provide optimum benefit and greatest safety

·       Capsules are most likely to cause ill-effects and odd reactions

·       Avoid poisonous forms of herbs such as essential oils

·       Use tinctures diluted to treat acute problems

·       Herbs move rapidly into breast milk (10-20 minutes)



Simple Nourishing Herbs for Mother and Child After a Cesarean:

1. Nourishing herbal infusions:

·       Nettle (Urtica dioica)

·       Oatstraw (Avena sativa)

·       Comfrey leaf (Symphytum uplandica)

·       Red clover (Trifolium pratense)

·       Linden flowers (Tillia americana)

2. Benefits of nourishing herbal infusions after a cesarean:

·       Nettle increases breast milk and helps replace blood loss.

·       Oatstraw improves sleep and strengthens the nervous system.

·       Comfrey leaf helps incisions heal and helps prevent scarring.

·       Red clover improves breast milk production and brings hormonal sanity.

·       Linden soothes and heals mucus surfaces and incisions; prevents colds.


Tonic Herbs for Mother and Child After a Cesarean:

1. Water bases:

·       Raspberry leaf (Rubus ideaus) to tonify uterus.

·       Aromatic mints - rosemary, lavender, and lemon balm - for digestion.

·       Avoid sage (Salvia officinalis) if breast feeding.

2. Tincture bases:

·       Astragalus (A. membranaceous) strengthens immunity, prevents infection.

·       Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) to ease after-birth pain and prevent post-partum depression.


Herbs That Can Counter Infection After a Cesarean:

·       Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia) to increase macrophages; counter bacteria.

·       Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) against all gram-positive and -negative bacteria.

·       Usnea (U. barbarata) to counter deep infection.

·       Poke root (Phytolacca americana) - USE WITH CAUTION.


THE EMPOWERED WOMAN PROMOTES HER OWN HEALTH


Benefits to Being Pro-Active in Healing After a Cesarean:

·       Quicker healing for mom.

·       Less scarring of the incision site.

·       Better bonding between mom and babe.

·       Deeper sleep for mom and babe.

·       Fewer problems with infection at incision site and fewer infections for baby.


Bringing It Home:

1. Making nourishing infusions:

·       One ounce stinging nettle, quart of boiling water; steep 4 hours - for energy.

·       One ounce oatstraw, quart of boiling water; steep 4 hours - for patience.

·       One ounce comfrey leaf, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain; rebrew with two cups cold water, bring to a boil; steep 4 hours, strain - to improve chances of a VBAC with next child.

·       One ounce red clover blossom, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain - to prepare for the next pregnancy.

·       One-half ounce linden flowers, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain; rebrew with two cups cold water, bring to a boil; steep 4 hours, strain.

2. Additions to infusions:

·       Honey (Note: do not give honey to infants younger than 12 months)

·       Milk

·       The Israeli Public Health Ministry recommends against soy beverage for children under the age of eighteen (18); it's not good for mom either.

·       Ice

·       Juice (Note: problems with fructose)

3. Sources for buying herbs and tinctures:

·       Listed in my books and website



For Further Information:

·       Visit www.susunweed.com

·       Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun Weed


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