This is the pregnancy tea blend that I have been drinking throughout my third trimester. The recipe is inspired by Rosemary Gladstar's home study course and other herbal reference books that I have. It is full of herbs that contain vitamins and minerals as well as herbs that are great for helping the body prepare for birth. I would recommend that you research and learn about any herb that you are going to take before you use it. Get to know and feel the herb. Don't just take it because someone tells you to or says that it is good for you.
Herbal Pregnancy Tea Blend
4 parts dried Peppermint and/or Spearmint Leaf
3 parts dried Red Raspberry Leaf
3 parts dried Lemon Grass
2 parts dried Nettle Leaf
2 parts dried Strawberry Leaf
2 parts dried Oatstraw
1 part dried Comfry Leaf
Optional herbs to add:
Chamomile - I add chamomile to my tea when I drink it at night because I love the flavor.
Mix all herbs in an airtight jar. Store in a dark location. To use - make an infusion - To make a cup of tea put 1 tsp. of dried pregnancy tea blend in a cup, add 1 cup of boiling water. To make a quart of tea put 2 Tbsp of dried tea blend into a quart jar and cover with 1 quart of boiling water. Cover tightly and let steep anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight (the longer the tea steeps the stronger the tea will be). (If you are following our Herbal Learning Guide, we talked about infusions in our last lesson!). Drink daily. 1-3 cups of tea daily is usually recommended as a general guideline for drinking infusions from most herbal reference books. I personally drink up to a quart per day in my third trimester.
*Try to only use organic herbs from a reputable supplier (I buy herbs online from Mountain Rose Herbs and at our local health food store who carries Starwest Botanics).
*It is always best to check with your health care provider before starting any long term herbal regimen.
*Refrigerate any leftover tea - tea will store 1-2 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
*My midwife ok'd this tea blend for my personal use (I'm in my third trimester). That does not necessarily mean that it is beneficial or safe for everyone. Please do your own research!