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This is part two of a series. You can see part one, Oregano, here.

I hadn’t heard much about mullein in my earliest studies of herbal medicine. I now believe there were two reasons for that. For one, it’s not one of the big heal-all cahoonas like elderberry, garlic, and echinacea that everyone talks about. I think some also consider it a weed (!), which furthers my theory that one man’s weed is another man’s food or medicine… or toilet paper?

For those of us interested in self-sufficiency, what if you could grow toilet paper? But first, let’s talk about mullein as herbal medicine.
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This is my fourth pregnancy and every single one has been different. Morning sickness has been a little easier with each one. The foods that I can keep down during the first trimester and the ones I crave through the rest have been a bit different every time.

But one thing I have consumed through all of these pregnancies that I greatly appreciate is this herbal tea for pregnancy.

You can never really say for sure what makes one birth easier than another, and certainly in the end God is sovereign over all. In general, though, I have found that drinking this tea all throughout pregnancy, getting plenty of walking and squatting-type exercise, and eating well helps me to get through the usual fatigue, soreness, and anemia that is all part of these blessed nine months and thereafter.

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The backbone of this tea is red raspberry leaf, a well-known helper to women, pregnant or not. It is purported to help prepare the body for a more effective labor, and supports a woman through all of her specific needs, pregnant or not. Like many herbs, it also contains a great deal of needed vitamins and minerals.

Along with red raspberry is nettle leaf. Nettles is known to be helpful for building the blood and helping with any water retention or swelling that can go along with pregnancy. Like red raspberry, it also contains a whole host of vitamins and minerals.

Another addition that many women make to these basic herbs is alfalfa leaf. Again, it has a great array of vitamins and minerals to help supplement the mother and baby. It has also been shown to help prepare a mama for nursing, if that is something she has struggled with in the past.

Along with these I have added a couple others that help with my own personal hormonal imbalance. One of these is spearmint. Any mint can be added to this tea to provide great flavor, but I specifically choose spearmint because it has been shown to lower androgens and is safe during pregnancy.

The other addition I make to this tea is red clover blossoms. This also specifically targets my own personal need for hormonal balance and preparation for supplying the babe with a good milk supply, which I am in need of.

Outside of the red raspberry leaf and nettle leaf, I don’t necessarily recommend that everyone use the same mix of herbs. If you have a need in one area or another it is best to find some herbs that will compliment that, otherwise sticking with just those two core herbs may be all you need.

And, of course, I don’t claim to be a doctor or an herbalist or a midwife or any type of specialist really. I’m just very grateful for these amazing plants that have given me energy, prepared me for a new arrival, and nourished me when I have needed it most.

What herbs do you lean on during these wonderful months?