Herbal tea companies, such as http://www.homegrowntea.com, report that they do not use any herbs that are considered dangerous to expecting mothers and choose to use herbs from guidelines that the FDA has published. These herbs include red raspberry leaf, which is rich in iron and contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which is known to strengthen and tone the uterus. Studies show red raspberry leaf also increases milk production, decreases nausea, and eases labor pains. Although red raspberry leaf does not cause contractions, some midwives caution against drinking red raspberry leaf in the first trimester as a precaution, particularly if you have a history of miscarriage.[/
Herbalist Sarah Richards of http://www.homegrowntea.com also encourages blends with nettle, which is high in vitamins A, C, K, and the minerals calcium, potassium and iron; ginger, one of the most organically complex plants with over 477 compounds including vitamins and minerals and a host of anti-oxidants and known anti-inflammatory compounds; rose hips for vitamin C; spearmint and oat straw. Richards, who blends teas by hand using only fresh organic ingredients, advises expecting mothers against using name-brand teas or pre- packaged teas. “You want to use organic, whole herbs as much as possible. Herbs that have been pulverized and ground by machines and then packaged, shipped and warehoused in giant distribution centers before making their way to your grocery store or even your natural foods store just don’t have the same quality or medicinal power of fresh, organic herbs.”
Richards also sells several blends to promote mammary gland health, lactation and a pregnancy tea, as well as soothing teas for your baby at http://www.homegrownherbandtea.com/
For additional information on Homegrown Herb and Tea or to schedule and interview with Sarah Richards visit http://www.homegrownherbandtea.com.[/p]
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Homegrown Herb and Tea is an herbal tea apothecary located in Portland, Maine and online at http://www.homegrowntea.com. We serve wellness tea, Ayurvedic teas and specialty teas.