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Historic Use of Herbs and Supplements
for Expectant Mothers
(See also: Herbs During Pregnancy)

Bilberry (Vacciniummyrtillus) grows in the sandy areas of the northern U.S. and in the woods and forest meadows of Europe. The name bilberry comes from the Danish bollebar meaning “dark berry.” A relative of the cranberry, bilberry is also known in some parts of the U.S. as huckleberry. During World War II, British pilots used bilberry before their night flights. The berries are often used for fresh fruit, jams, and jellies. The leaves can be used to make tea. Nature's Sunshine uses 40 mg of bilberry fruit standardized to 25 percent anthocyanidins. Bilberry needs to be used over time in order for the body to best assimilate its unique nutritional properties. Each tablet contains 40 mg bilberry fruit concentrate. Bilberry will fortify vein and capillary support, aids in kidney function, and is a mild diuretic for bloating.

Blue Cohosh was used by the northern Native Americans for cramps and menstrual problems. Cherokee, Chippewa, Iroquois, and other native Native Americans used blue cohosh herb for delayed delivery and to promote menstruation.

   In recent times blue cohosh has been shown to be useful in the regulation of menstrual cycles in women, and is helpful in relieving painful menstruation. It is effective as an inhibiting agent to stop false labor pains in childbirth. Blue cohosh acts to stimulate the uterine muscle, thereby advancing a delayed delivery. Because blue cohosh has a well-deserved reputation for helping in cases of prolonged labor, it has been nicknamed ?a woman's best friend.? It helps to relax the uterus so that delivery is easier, thus preventing pain and exhaustion. It is also useful to reduce inflammation of the uterus.

   If blue cohosh is given hours previous to delivery, it is said to be reliable and less dangerous where cases of labor are slow and painful. Blue cohosh increases the flow of urine and causes profuse perspiration; has a strong anti-spazmodic effect on the whole system, thereby having an effect on the nervous system, and it can relieve muscle cramps and spams.

   “Blue Cohosh should be used in combinations with other herbs, such as Black Cohosh. It may also be used in a poultice as an emergency remedy for allergic reactions to bee stings.” (Ritchason)

   Blue Cohosh stops and eliminates false labor pains; use during final weeks of pregnancy to ease and/or induce labor.

Black Cohosh has been valued by many societies, including Native Americans, for its nutritional support of the female reproductive system. It was also made into a poultice and applied to snake bites; hence it is sometimes known as snakeroot. Native to woodsy regions throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada, it is a tall perennial bearing creamy-white flowers. Modern natural-health enthusiasts, like those of the past, use it to nourish the female glandular system.

Burdock Root is a common weed whose seeds are prickly burrs that cling tenaciously to clothing and socks. Native to Europe and Asia, the plant has become naturalized in all temperate parts of the world. Its name is a combination of French and English—“bur” coming from the French bourre, and “dock” coming from the Old English reference to large leaves. It contains chromium, iron, magnesium, silicon, and thiamine. Burdock helps prevent water retention and jaundice in the baby.

Butcher’s Broom, once used by butchers to clean their cutting boards, has a long history of use by people of many cultures. It is a member of the lily family, native to southern and western Europe and the southern U.S. In folk history the herb was taken to nutritionally support the circulatory system. Butcher's Broom contains important flavonoids (natural substances that strengthen capillary walls) such as rutin. The plant also contains glycolic acid, which is also found in parsley and juniper berries. Nature's Sunshine's encapsulated butcher's broom contains the dried, powdered root. Use with White Oak Bark for hemorrhoids, varicose veins.

Catnip, a member of the mint family, grows on banks and waste places in northern temperate regions around the world. It is so named because of the peculiar behavior of cats when they get a whiff of this feline favorite. It doesn’t cause such behavior in humans, but, like many botanicals, it offers excellent nutritional value. It contains iron, selenium, potassium, manganese, chromium, and moderate amounts of other minerals and vitamins. Use combined with Lobelia Extract to relax uterus during false labor.

Chamomile is a popular late-night herbal tea, sold around the world in grocery and health-food stores. The plant is native to Europe and Asia, and is now cultivated in North and South America and parts of Europe. Chamomile contains the amino acid tryptophan. The plant also contains flavonoids. Chamomile aids digestive and bowel problems and relaxes for good sleep.

Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that harnesses the sun's energy in photosynthesis. Chlorophyll performs metabolic functions in plants such as respiration and growth. Interestingly, the chlorophyll molecule is chemically similar to human blood, except that its central atom is magnesium, whereas that of human blood is iron. The alfalfa plant is an excellent source of chlorophyll. Reduces toxemia and increases energy during labor (use w/ Vitamin E).

Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea) is the Latin name for an herb native to the central and southwestern U.S. The plant grows in open fields and rocky soils, and bears purple flowers that resemble black-eyed Susans. Echinacea was widely used by the Plains Indians. American settlers also adopted its use, and the herb has been valued by natural health care advocates since. It has been one of the most scientifically studied herbs, especially in Europe.
   Echinacea aids the immune system to help prevent colds, flu and infections.

Ginger has been cultivated for thousands of years in China and India and is still most widely cultivated in the East. It was brought to America in the 16th century by the Spanish. At one point it was second only to pepper as the most common English spice.

   Ginger is very popular in the food industry as an additive to ginger ale, candies, pastries and cakes. Its uses, of course, aren’t confined to food preparation.

   It was written about in many ancient Chinese herbal texts and is an ingredient in as many as half of all Chinese herbal combinations. The Chinese use it to buffer the effects of stronger herbs, and they drink it widely in tea.

   Ginger nutritionally supports the digestive process. The root has a strong, sweet scent. It contains protein, fat, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and ascorbic acid.

   Ginger is excellent for morning sickness.

Herbal Calcium provides the body with natural sources of calcium, magnesium, and silicon. Magnesium works synergistically with calcium, and silicon strengthens body tissues, including the sheath surrounding the nerves. Calcium builds strong bones and teeth for both mother and child, feeds nerves, relieves insomnia.

Herbal Iron. Iron is needed by the body to carry oxygen to the cells, where it is combined with glucose for energy production. It also must be present for protein metabolism. By combining herbs that provide natural iron with other elements needed to enhance absorption, a “chelated” form of iron is created that's more easily absorbed by the body. This formula is also a source of calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, silicon, and zinc. Riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamins A and C are also present. It contains Red beet root, Yellow dock root, Red raspberry leaves, Chickweed herb, Burdock root, Nettle herb, and Mullein leaves. Builds healthy blood, improves anemia.

Lobelia (Indian Tobacco) is native to North America, especially to the eastern regions. It produces violet-pinkish-white flowers. It is sometimes called Indian tobacco because the Native Americans smoked it for various benefits. It has been shown to contain a substance called lobeline, similar to nicotine. The plant is beautiful as well as useful. Dwarf lobelia plants are often cultivated for use in hanging baskets. Lobelia helps to relax the mother during delivery and helps speed up the delivery of the placenta. It can be added to baths or used in external cosmetic preparations. Extracts are especially beneficial for those who have difficulty swallowing capsules. For false labor, use with Catnip.

Nettle has been used in traditional medicine as a diuretic, antispasmodic, and expectorant, and in the treatment of asthma. It has also been employed in cases of rheumatism and prostate enlargement leading to urinary difficulties. Nettle is said to be useful in the treatment of bladder inflammation, dizziness, spleen and lymphatic problems, liver and blood problems such as seborrhea, eczema, and psoriasis. Nettle cleans the lymph and promotes toxin elimination. It is also reputed to restore hair color and to promote weight loss. Nettle provides a marvelous antiseptic service and is a good skin toner. Nettle extract is sometimes used as an after-shave and as a facial. Nettle will guard against excessive bleeding as it has vitamin K in it, and it will improve kidney function and help prevent hemorrhoids.

Papaya Mint Chewable Tablets nutritionally support the digestive system, but they can also be used as a tasty breath mint. Papaya fruit contains proteolytic enzymes that function in the digestion of protein, while peppermint leaves contain aromatic compounds capable of triggering the production of digestive fluids. Together they work to support the digestive system. They contain papaya fruit, peppermint leaf, fructose, and sorbitol. For temporary relief of “heartburn” or delicious as a breath mint.

Peppermint Extract and Peppermint Oil. One of the most popular traditional medicinal plants, Peppermint has long been used to treat a variety of ailments, among which are indigestion, nausea, sore throat, coughs, earaches, cramps, baby's colic, colds, toothaches, and gastrointestinal disorders. The oil diluted in water has been used to treat nausea and stomach problems, particularly in children. Peppermint is also well known as a sedative for nervousness, insomnia, and migraine. After the first trimester, Peppermint Oil may be used to help digestion, soothe the stomach and overcome nausea. It is an over-all body strengthener and cleanser.

Psyllium Hulls. Psyllium is a member of the plant family planta-ginaceae, also referred to as plantago. The hulls are the part of the psyllium plant most often used. The plant is particularly popular in the U.S. due to concern about the effects of our nation's highly refined, high-fat diet on colon health. Psyllium has the highest level of soluble fiber known—more than eight times that of oat bran. Encapsulated psyllium hulls are a convenient way to add important fiber to the daily diet. Psyllium Hulls provide bulk to soften stool, absorb toxins.

Red Raspberry is believed to be native to Europe, but it's widely cultivated in North America, Britain, Scandinavia, and Scotland. The leaves are widely used in herbology. They are rich in vitamin C and contain astringent qualities due to their high tannin content. Red raspberry leaves have been used by women for centuries as a support to the reproductive system, especially during pregnancy. The leaves contain manganese, iron, and niacin. Many herbal manufacturers provide red raspberry in a number of combinations and as a single herb. It is an all-around excellent herb to use for pregnancy. It is a uterine tonic, anti-abortive, helps prevent infection, and will aid the body in building amniotic fluid. It aids in preventing cramps and anemia, helps prevent excessive bleeding during and after labor, and will facilitate the birth process by stimulating contractions. Also aids in reducing morning sickness.

Vitamin E is fat-soluble and an antioxidant, helping to prevent fats and oils from becoming rancid. It is the most common vitamin found in nature and is lacking in processed foods. This vitamin helps to increase the fluidity of the blood and is necessary for maintenance of the skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle membranes. It helps maintain and increase the storage of vitamin A and iron in the body. This vitamin exists in several chemical forms, the most active being d-alpha tocopherol. The “dl” form is synthetic and is not sold by most reputable manufacturers. Rather, vegetable sources should be used that contain other naturally occurring tocopherols (d-beta, d-gamma, d-alpha) to ensure full potency of the entire vitamin E complex.

Vitamin E with Selenium contains antioxidants that work codependently in the body to help destroy free radicals. Emerging research suggests that it may not be possible to obtain optimum vitamin E levels through diet alone. Both of these nutrients are often lacking in the modern diet due to food processing and high-tech farming methods. Further, mineral content of soil naturally varies in different parts of the country, making it difficult to be sure you’re getting the necessary dietary intake of vitamins and minerals.

White Oak Bark is native to England and has been naturalized in the U.S., where it is found mainly in the East. It grows as high as 100 feet and can live as long as 1,000 years. The trees are valued in the making of cabinets, tables, and other furniture.

   Oak trees also bear acorns, which were a staple in the Native American diet. They were sometimes leached, dried, and ground into flour. The Native Americans often gathered the acorns and stored them to ensure a continual winter food supply.

   The key substances of white oak are tannin and quercin. Tannin is present in the bark at approximately 11 percent and accounts for white oak's bitter and astringent qualities. White oak contains the minerals manganese, calcium, and zinc.

   Helps relieve hemorrhoids and varicose veins; use with Butcher's Broom.

Wild Yam has been used for centuries by women seeking nutritional support for the glandular system. NSP offers wild yam as a single herb for health-conscious women seeking optimal balance. Wild yam contains diosgenin, a natural precursor to progesterone. For pregnancy pain, nausea, and cramping, and will reduce the likelihood of miscarriage.

Yellow Dock, a member of the buckwheat family, grows abundantly throughout the U.S. The Native Americans used it for its special health benefits, and legend has it they endeavored to keep it secret from the Europeans. Pioneers used it for nutritional support of the urinary system.

Yellow dock can be cultivated domestically, yet because it is prolific it often takes over as a weed. It contains varying amounts of phosphorus, vitamins A and C, and calcium. Each capsule contains 460 mg yellow dock.

   “Used as a blood purifier, cleanses and supports entire body system, supports varicose veins, high in iron.” (Yoder) Aids in iron assimilation and will help to prevent infant jaundice.


Originally posted on 08 November 2019

Page last updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 04:39 PM
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