When pregnant, our bodies crave vitamins and minerals that will keep both mama and baby healthy and vibrant! In addition to a diet of fresh, whole, organic foods, drinking a cup of herbal pregnancy tea will provide important nutrients, as well as a bit of time to slow down.
Tea time has both nutritional and psychological benefits! Drinking tea daily can become a soothing ritual when the mother can meditate on her baby and her body.
Making tea out of dried herbs is a simple task that a pregnant mama can do for herself, or anyone else can make as a gift. Sing a song of thanks to the herbs as you blend and pour. This tea is wonderful for pre-conception, pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding.
Bowl for mixing
Tea bags and/or a dark glass container for storage
Organic dried herbs:
Red raspberry leaves: vitamins A, B, C E; phosporus, potassium
Fennel seeds: vitamins A, B, C, D; calcium, iron, manganese, copper, zinc
Peppermint: vitamins A, C; manganese
Alfalfa: vitamins A, C, D; magnesium, phosphorus
Stinging nettle: vitamins A, C, D, K; calcium, potassium, phosporus, iron, sulphur
Blend the Tea
With a heaping tablespoon, add the following in a bowl and gently mix:
2 parts fennel
2 parts alfalfa
2 parts stinging nettle
4 parts red raspberry leaves
4 parts peppermint (or to taste – some pregnant moms love this for digestion, while other prefer the tea with little peppermint)
Store the Tea
Tea will stay fresh for up to a year if kept in a dark glass jar or container. Alternately, fill up muslin or other tea bags to use right away or give as gifts.
Enjoy the Tea!
One tea ball strainer full is enough for one cup of tea, which is about a tablespoon. Boil water, then pour water into a mug with the tea ball strainer. If you would like to make enough for a whole pot, figure out how many cups of tea the pot makes and then add the appropriate amount of tea into a larger strainer or tea bag. Steep 5-15 minutes.
:: Purchase only organic herbs from a reliable source, or grow your own.
:: Keep all unused herbs sealed and in a dark, cool place, away from direct heat and sunlight.
:: If you suspect that you might be allergic to any of the ingredients, do not use.
:: These herbs are widely used with safe success, but please consult with an herbalist, Anthroposphical doctor, naturopath or other health care professional before using any herbs or medications during pregnancy.
:: If you give tea bags as gifts, remember to label them with the ingredients. This is a fun project to do as a family!
:: If you want to sweeten the taste, add agave or honey, and lemon.
:: This blend also makes a refreshing iced tea drink in the summer, and popsicles to suck on during labor!
:: Other herbs that may be added: lemon balm, rose hips, red clover, oatstraw, ginger.
Organic bulk herbs, tea strainers, tea pots, muslin bags and nutritional information can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Jennifer Tan, MA is a certified aromatherapist who lives in Davis, California with her husband and three children. She can often be seen these days blissfully drinking her pregnancy tea while pregnant with her fourth baby. She blogs about homeschooling and Waldorf schooling at her blog. Jennifer and her husband enjoy leading handwork and curriculum workshops, teleseminars and consulting with homeschooling families at Syrendell Academy.