Tits About Tinctures! Tinctures During Pregnancy.

I’ve just recently discovered Tinctures. Honestly, sometimes I don’t know where I’ve been all my life. As I’ve mentioned before, I firmly believe that drinking herbal teas is an excellent way to get wild food nutrition and medicine in to your diet, without having to do very much at all! But if herbal teas are Adam, then Tinctures are most definitely He-Man.

tincturesFor those of you wondering what the fuck a tincture is, it’s essentially a wild herb (or plant) that’s been soaked in alcohol for a few weeks to create a super-potent elixir of all the medicinal qualities of the plant.

A few drops of tincture is akin to making a big pot of herbal tea with that herb.

I usually add them in to my hot herbal tea (this burns off alcohol because hello, pregnancy) to supercharge my tea but you can add them to water or go hardcore with drops straight under your tongue.

Do they taste great? No. Some are more pleasant tasting than others. It depends on which ones you’re playing with 🙂

Before I launch in to the ones I’ve used (or plan to use) during pregnancy let me just say this…

WOOWOOWOOWOOWOOWOO <—— that is the sound of the disclaimer alarm.

I am NOT a trained medical professional. I am not attempting to prescribe or cure your dog’s rabies or your dad’s irritable bowel. I have done my own research and encourage you to do the same. I have contacted trained herbal professionals when in any doubt. I empower you to take responsibility for what you ingest and do not simply do what I do without having the wherewithal to check it out first.

There.

So I bought this book and it’s been absolutely magic. It covers all the herbs recommended pre, during and post birth. It also covers herbal treatments for common ailments during pregnancy and after. I highly, highly recommend this book!


Here are the tinctures I’ve been taking during pregnancy.

Raspberry Leaf – some advice is to leave this for the last few weeks of pregnancy. This book suggests that throughout pregnancy is perfectly safe. Use this for reducing pain, assisting the uterus to function effectively, helping the placenta to be delivered, assisting in production of breast milk.

Nettle leaf – Nourishing mother and foetus, diminishing pain during and after birth, preventing haemorrhage after birth, increasing breast milk, strengthens kidneys.

Skullcap lateriflora – for deep, refreshing sleep and calm nerves. Also reduces tension and relieves pain.

Cramp bark – helps to tone the uterus, reduces uterine cramping.

Blue/Black CohoshONLY to be used during last 4 weeks! Black cohosh helps to ripen cervix. Blue cohosh is effective in starting labour. Blue and Black used together to start contractions.

I’m also working on my own personal homemade relaxant tincture. I’ll share that with you guys post-birth!

These tinctures are added in to my daily herbal tea (using dried herbs) of nettle, raspberry leaf, dandelion leaf and root, chaga. I feel nourished by these teas and they’ve become a daily ritual for me now…with a wedge of raw chocolate 🙂

If you can’t be arsed with the hassle of buying and preparing teas using dried herbs (because Facebook), then do see if you can get your hands on some tinctures. They’re super quick, easy, cost-effective and last for YEARS!

I bought mine here, you can also get them here.

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