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Overcoming Miscarriage

I recently wrote this article for Modern Alternative Pregnancy. You can find the original post HERE.

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This is not my story. This is my mother’s story.

I have often heard my mother tell about the hardest period of her life, when she lost her father and her unborn son in the same week.  She and my dad were expecting their third child. My mom was just over 20 weeks pregnant.

Not Your Fault

Most of the time, we just never know what causes a miscarriage. Sometimes we do. However, we are certain of two things: Number one, it is not your fault. Ever. No new mom wishes for this to happen. Secondly, it is more common than you think. According to ACOG, 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage. In fact, recent studies show even more with 25-50% of all pregnancies. Stillbirths (the death of a baby after 20 weeks gestation) occur in one of every 160 pregnancies, about 60 stillborn babies every single day. Each year, in the US alone, about 20,000 babies die in their first month of life, many after being born prematurely. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants ages 1 month to 1 year.

Almost 100% of miscarriages could not have been prevented. The majority are caused by chromosomal abnormalities.

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Reasons for Miscarriage

Most miscarriages occur during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. One reason could be diet-induced infertility, as recent evidence shows links between spontaneous abortion and high-gluten diets.  Another reason could be because of hormonal problems, infections or maternal health problems. Other lifestyle factors that play into the health and life of a fetus include smoking, drug use, malnutrition, excessive caffeine, and exposure to radiation or toxic substances.

Stillbirths are caused by placental problems. 15% are caused by an infection, 2-4% are caused by umbilical cord problems, and 50% have no cause of death whatsoever.

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A Reason for Crying

My mom knew exactly why baby Colin passed away inside of her. She was so sickly depressed over the loss of her father that she could not eat or sleep or take care of her basic needs. It breaks my heart to hear this story. Who could blame her? No one.

She reflects on this time of her life where she leaned on family more than ever before. Her and my dad had to grow closer or else they would lose touch. She had to appreciate the lives of her precious two little girls. She had to have faith that God knew what He was doing. And she had to let time heal her until she would try again for another child. For me.

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The Aftermath

After giving birth to their precious stillborn, mom and dad named their first (and only) little boy Collin Sheehan which means “Child, young and innocent.” They said their goodbyes with a private proper burial in their backyard. Dad wrote poems that helped him grieve. Even to this day, 29 years later, we will bring out the poem and reread it out loud to remember Collin.

My mom admits that it took her years to have faith in pregnancy againIn fact, it wouldn’t be until six years later they would try again to conceive me. Her stillborn birth brought on doubts and fears that had previously never existed in my mom’s world before. As a midwife herself, she had dealt with many mothers who had suffered loss, but she had never experience it first-hand.

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The Growth

While this is admittingly one of the worst things parents can experience, my mom is a testimony to the growth that took place. The experience she had was not one she asked for, but it shaped her in ways she that she is thankful for. Experiencing a miscarriage makes you aware of the needs of the other mommas around you, it helps you identify with them on a whole other level. It also can help you be ever so grateful for the babies and children that lived to love. The word of encouragement my mom would say to other moms who have experience the loss of an unborn child were built on personal experience.  She was able to love and understand the loss of a child in a deeper way than ever before.  She was able to be empathetic and tender in how she spoke and dealt with grieving mothers.

Have you experienced miscarriage either personally or know someone who has? How did you overcome your sorrow? How can you best reach out to hurting moms?

Someone please tell me! WHAT IS A DOULA??!

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The following scenarios are real life stories from my personal experience as an in-hospital doula:

Scenario 1:

Mama is very uncomfortable and cannot get any comfort no matter how hard she tries to relax.

Mama feels alone because it is the middle of the night and the only other person in the room is her sleeping husband. She doesn’t want to wake him.

Scenario 2:

Mama says, “I just can’t do it anymore. There’s no rest. I seriously want this to be over!”

Mother of Mama says, “I just don’t like seeing you in pain like this, honey. Why don’t you get the epidural?”

Hubby says, “Just give her whatever she wants. I just want to help her.”

Scenario 3:

Mama’s water bag breaks early in the morning.

She calls the hospital, who reminds her of their policy: To make sure infection does not set in, she needs to come in.

Doc walks in and tells Mama she has X amount of time and if labor does not progress, she will be put on Pitocin to “get things going.”


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Without the Doula…

These scenarios are setting the stage of what too often ends up happening at a birth. A mother may go in with a strong desire to follow her natural birth plan and have as little unnecessary intervention as possible. Yet without a trained birth attendant at her side {without a doula}, these situations most often don’t end up favorable for Mama.

As an in-hospital doula, I see and hear all of these scenarios in their various forms time and time again. While pregnancy and childbirth are very unpredictable, there are certain things I can always expect to come across at a birth. Doulas are prepared and qualified to handle many situations a mother may not expect to come across.

With the Doula…


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Doulas play a very unique and special role in a birth. While the midwife or physician’s job is to be there for when you birth your baby, the doula’s job is to focus on you (throughout the entire labor and delivery). The doula title translates to “servant of the mother.” How beautiful is that?

The word “doula” comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in the ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing.

The word has come to refer to a “woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and after childbirth.” (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)

The key word here is SUPPORT. Continuous physical, emotional and informational support.

Let’s go back and add in the roles of a doula specifically to these three scenarios:


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Scenario 1: Alone at night

Physical

The doula stays up throughout the night never leaving Mama’s side, waiting on her hand and foot. She may draw a bath for her to relieve some discomfort. She may massage in areas that are aching. She makes sure that Mama feels like someone understands what she’s going through and that if she should need anything, someone is awake and alert and ready. She provides practical physical services that although simple can change the course of labor dramatically. These include everything from suggesting position changes, giving mama sips of water, and giving her hot or cold rags.

Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. Massage has been proven to help stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland releases natural oxytocin into the bloodstream, causing uterine contractions, and into the brain, resulting in feelings of well being, drowsiness and higher pain threshold. Because the synthetic IV oxytocin called Pitocin cannot cross into both the bloodstream and the brain it increases the contractions without the positive psychological benefits of natural oxytocin.


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Scenario 2: Giving Up

Emotional

The doula recognizes this almost verbatim phrase from the mother, which is often heard at the transition phase; “I just can’t do it anymore.” The hospital staff knows that nothing is actually wrong, so the doula emphasizes that this is her last and final stage. While everyone else is feeding an “out of control” energy and not knowing what to do or how to help, the doula can guide Mama’s partner on what exactly to do in that moment. Her words of comfort and verbal cues to the Mama in that moment is exactly what Mama needs to hear to get her through that moment. Simply informing her, “You’re almost done!” restores power to her body and strength to her bones.

Emotional measures include being a source of encouragement and reassurance throughout all of labor and serves as a continuous physical presence.


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Scenario 3: Water Breaks

Informational

The doula responds with all possible suggestions to get labor going naturally.  She gives practical advice and suggests walking around and nipple stimulation. She may offer up some red raspberry leaf iced tea or set the mood of the room with music and candles for ultimate relaxation.

She explains how infection sets in and what all of her options are at this point. She does not make a decision for the parents, but she allows them to make their own decision based on informed consent. She can inform the parents on how exactly Pitocin works and the benefits and risks of using it.

Most doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this time they develop a relationship where the mother feels free to ask questions, discuss her fears and create a birth plan. Doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone and email in order to respond to any questions or explain any developments that might arise during the pregnancy.

Since care providers may not be able to be with you every moment (perhaps at home before going to the birth center or in the rare case of transport), the doula helps parents process the information they need to make informed decisions.

While doulas do not provide any type of medical care, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery. With this knowledge they can help their clients gain a better understanding of the procedures and possible complications of pregnancy or delivery.

The Proof

Studies have shown that by including a doula at your birth can have the following results:

  • 60% less request of epidurals
  • 50% reduction in C-Section
  • Reduce the mother’s request for pain medication
  • Reduce the use of pitocin by 40% (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Reduce the length of your labor by 25%
  • Reduce negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • Reduce postpartum depression
  • Better mother-infant interaction
  • Greater satisfaction with the birth and improved neo-natal outcomes
  • Feeling more secure and cared for
  • Higher success rate in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Greater success with breastfeeding
  • Greater self-confidence
You can find this and more information on the DONA international website.

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A doula does not replace a doctor or midwife or your partner, but they do possess special skills that make them a valuable addition to your birth team. She will accompany couples through the entire birth journey using her experience and knowledge to help them have a satisfying birth.

It is safe to say that the valuable role of a doula is highly underestimated. The service of a doula does, in fact, make a difference. I’m told this after every birth.

The real question is … why shouldn’t you hire a doula?

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Have you had a doula during birth before?  What was your experience like?

*I originally wrote this blog for Modern Alternative Pregnancy. You can find the link HERE.

Perspectives of a Second-Generation [student] Midwife

a recap of my personal story AND A TRIBUTE TO THE MIDWIFE WHO INSPIRES ME TO BE ONE.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

Mom’s Vintage Midwifery Tee from the 1970’s

 

I am amazed at how my life plans have changed drastically in just a few years. How many times have you tried to escape the inevitable… “You’re going to be just like your mom”…?

My MOM?? I don’t want to be JUST like my mom.

Don’t get me wrong, I love her!

She’s the bomb dot com. She’s the lady who sparked all of our interest in holistic-living, organic-eating, tea-drinking, food-growing, vaccine-avoiding, and homebirth having.

But nobody… NOBODY… wants to believe they will be just like their mom. After all, we all want to be our own individual self. We want to have our own claim to fame, our own story, our own path. I’ve always said I’d take the good from mom and dad and leave the bad. But then mom and dad would reply, “what bad?”

Another Vintage Tee belonging to my Momma

 

As a professional doula and student midwife, I am often asked about how I came to pursue this profession. It’s not every day that you meet a doula or midwife who has not had children of their own. And the few of us out there are rare cases that usually have a story somewhat similar to mine: I grew up in it.

A small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead     

                                                  

Peggy Enriques Miranda was what we call a Lay Midwife. She pursued midwifery because it matched her lifestyle. In the 70’s when her and all of her friends were self-sufficient in pretty much every aspect of their life, why would it change when it came to having babies? I’ve had many conversations about how it all got started, and she always claims it was just “a part of the way we lived”.

Whether calling or career, midwifery is a lifelong engagement in social activism.

1970 Midwifery Campaign, belonged to my Momma

 

Her heart and soul got wrapped up tight in all of the women she served and – of course- all of their babies, too. She practiced the art of Midwifery mainly in Lafayette, Louisiana, and then a little in California where I was born. She delivered over 200 babies in hospitals and homes, every single one a success story.

She fought for the right of Midwifery at the state capitol in Baton Rouge in the 1970’s. Apparently the cause they were standing up for then, we are still fighting for today.

Anna, a fellow Midwifery student and friend, at the Capitol (April 2012)

 

I loved growing up around childbirth and midwifery in California. Yet when I moved to Louisiana at the age of 12, I realized very quickly that everything I thought was “normal” really wasn’t.

Most people don’t have their babies in a bath tub. Most kids don’t watch their siblings being born. Most husbands don’t “labor” with their wives, giving them continuous, physical and emotional love and support. Most birthing rooms have less than 5 people present.  Most births aren’t peaceful. Most births don’t have candles lit and soothing music. Most births aren’t spiritual. Most births aren’t planned out. Most births aren’t fostered by a midwife.

I didn’t really like this new “normal” that I found. But I knew that when I went to college, I was going to pursue birth somehow. I just wasn’t quite sure how yet.

I had NO idea at the time that by comparing becoming an Obstetrician versus becoming a Midwife was like comparing apples to oranges. I should have known. But I didn’t.

I went to Millsaps College first pursuing a major in Business. After all, this was a Nationally-ranked Business school and I had told myself I didn’t want to deliver babies but I’d rather own a birth center and facilitate it. I quickly changed my mind and simultaneously switched my major to Biology. I never considered myself a “science” person, but I knew I needed every single one of those classes to help me out.

Through a unique Millsaps College Program called the Lilly Faith and Work Initiative, I did two very eye-opening internships. First, for six months I followed a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) – OBGYN. I figured a D.O. would be more “holistic-minded” than a straight up Med School OB, and I really wanted my ideas of birth to line up with what I was pursuing. My six months following him I never once saw a vaginal birth. Was this what I was going to have to do? Be a surgeon? Seriously. I had zero interest in that. That was not my passion.

All I could picture was that Monty Python YouTube video. You know, the spoof on hospital birth clip. It’s hilarious. But I was freaking out!

I wanted normal birth, not surgery.

I switched to Nursing. I did a second internship. This time I was in a wonderful non-profit health clinic run soley by volunteer doctors, nurses, and dentists. I thought maybe I could be a Nurse or Nurse-Practioner. I didn’t like the idea of being a Nurse either. Ok so maybe I would be around the babies, but I still wasn’t delivering them! Will I actually have an influence on the outcome of this birth, or will I just take blood pressures and histories and weigh people. Seriously?

I wanted to deliver babies, not be a nurse.

Finally, after weeks of researching online, I found that I could pursue my Masters Degree in Nurse-Midwifery at a renowned school based out of a city I loved . I visited this school, sat in on a few classes and met with Nurse-Midwives after. I had a meeting with a very sweet lady after.

Nurse-Midwife lady: “So, do you have any questions for us?”

Me: “Actually, yes I do! I sat in on the Clinical Practice Trials today and saw that the students were practicing writing prescriptions. For pregnant women. In response to their symptoms of having a cold and a fever. Is that normal? I guess I just pictured this program to be holistic and didn’t expect that to be the initial response.”

Nurse-Midwife lady: “Well, sadly a lot of our beliefs are… um… compromised because we work in the hospital system. Yes, we are midwives. But we are nurses first. Nurse-Midwife. So we have to conform to the system if we want to work here. And it would be the same for you if you went to school here. Do you understand?”

I understood. I thanked her for her time and walked out with a strange assurance. I’m graduating in a month and a half and feel like I just started from square one. Before I even left that campus I remember talking to God and saying something along the lines of this:
“God I don’t know what it is you have for me. I know that walking out of there gave me a peace I can’t explain, but God I need your direction. Tell me where I’m supposed to go and what I’m supposed to do. This is all just so confusing, but I’m trusting You have a plan.” 

Three of the original Louisiana midwives, my mom on the right

 

Even though my mom was a midwife, midwifery today is very different. I had no clue how to pursue that professionally. My college counselors couldn’t advise me on how best to go about doing that either. Many of them supported me and thought it was great but didn’t have a clue in the world as to what programs were available or schools to apply to.

I was so blessed with the opportunity to live in Norway with my second oldest sister, her husband and their four kids upon graduating from Millsaps in May of 2011.

In my four months with that family, I applied to three Masters in Midwifery programs from Seattle to D.C. I contacted over 50 midwives to find out all of the different ways to pursue this career. I e-mailed 20 different available internships from St. George, Utah, to Juneau, Alaska. I applied to three overseas missionary-midwifery programs from Australia to Africa.

And where did I end up?

Lafayette, Louisiana. Where it all started for my mom over 30 years ago.

Never in a million years did I think I would be “just like my mother”. Never in a million years did I think I would be in school in the same city my mom learned midwifery in. Never in a million years did I think I would go to school to become a direct-entry CPM.

Some classmates & our Program Director at the Preserving Normal Birth Conference 2012

 

I have heard many times before that God’s will is obvious when you have peace. I have that peace. It feels incredible.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

I know that God’s peace does not promise perfect, easy, or fun. I just know that it means complete security and trust in His plan, however that plays out.

“Who is today’s midwife? Whether a nurse or empirically trained, working openly or underground, doing hospital or home births, she is a woman ready and willing to go against the grain – that is, if she intends to practice true midwifery. This takes a strong, independent, freethinking woman. And herein lies the secret to the midwife’s notoriety: she is a rebel, and a female one at that!”Heart and Hands, Elizabeth Davis

I am so blessed my mom decided at her young age to be true to herself and to rediscover the miracle of childbirth and the ferocity of womanhood, even coming from a generation that barely believed in either of those things. She has always been a rebel. A rebel that fights for the right things.

Oh Midwifery, ready or not. Here I come!

Why I use what I use in your placenta capsule

I want to discuss the significance of each herb I infuse in the placenta capsules because I think it’s important to know the amazing quality of herbs for all purposes. These are especially important herbs to cultivate during pregnancy and postpartum. I hope by educating one mom at a time that I inspire her to look into the use of herbs for everyday purposes and for healthy, vital living.

Red Clover herb

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Red clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants). It is used for hot flashes/flushes, PMS, lowering cholesterol, breast enhancement and breast health, improving urine production and improving circulation of the blood. It is also used to help prevent osteoporosis, reduce the possibility of blood clots and arterial plaques and limiting the development of benign prostate hyperplasia.

Women who take this premium female herb may:

  1. Experience reduced PMS and menopausal symptoms
  2. Have their hormones balanced naturally
  3. Experience improved overall health and well-being

Warning: Should you be on anticoagulants or antiplatelets, taking red clover supplements could increase their activity – therefore, it is probably best to avoid the supplement. If you have hormone sensitive cancer, you should avoid this supplement too since it promotes estrogenic activity.

Nettle Leaf

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It is so nourishing for women of all ages that they can drink and use the infusion on a daily basis. For the young teenage woman, the young pregnant woman, the woman working outside the home in the hectic world and the working woman inside the hectic home, as well as the menopausal woman, nettles have been used by all of us for thousands of years.

Nettle leaf restores health and re-energizes us. It builds our blood, expands our cells to metabolize nutrients more effectively and nourishes our reproductive and hormonal systems. For pregnancy, nettle is rich in vitamin K and iron, exactly what a pregnant woman needs, especially during her last trimester. This plant has a reputation for reducing the hemorrhage and serious effects from postpartum hemorrhage. Nettle improves quality and quantity of breast milk. It provides calcium and other minerals essential to you and your body to make your milk nutrient-dense!

For the working women nettle nourishes your adrenals. Adrenal exhaustion creeps in during this stage because we take care of everyone around us instead of ourselves. Now is the time to take care of ourselves, nourish the adrenal glands back to health and check any conditions that are becoming chronic.

Nettle is a safe and gentle herb. Our ancestors relied on nettle and we can bring it back into our lives today for our health and beauty.

Ginkgo Leaf

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Ginkgo is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs in the world. Besides its most popular use for memory enhancement, this herb has a ton of other benefits. First it is a potent antioxidant. These help get rid of free radicals that are the cause of many health disorders. Free radicals have been found to alter your body’s DNA and cause damage to your cells. Antioxidants are able to neutralize the free radicals, thus preventing further damage.

Ginkgo has been found to dilate your blood vessels, causing improved blood circulation. UMMC says that it also reduces your blood cells’ tendency to stick together. This makes it less likely that your blood will form dangerous clots.

In the past ginkgo has been used to treat other health problems, such as depression, vertigo, tinnitus, asthma, coughs, colds, flu, inflammations, hemorrhoids and kidney disorders. However, no clinical studies have proved ginkgo’s usefulness for these disorders.

Red Clover Blossoms

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Red clover blossoms have been used for centuries to nourish hormones and it is unsurpassed as a fertility herb. It contains B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium and protein. While red clover can help regulate the menstrual cycle, it is best avoided by women with heavy bleeding as it has a mild blood-thinning effect. The blood thinning ability is one of the reasons red clover has a reputation for preventing stroke.

It is a fantastic ally for nursing mothers, replenishing minerals lost during pregnancy and lactation.  The National Cancer Institute has found antitumor properties in red clover.

 Meadowsweet Herb

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Meadowsweet herbs are one of the foundational herbal digestive aids. For this reason alone this plant deserves a place in every herb garden or herbal first aid kit. Meadowsweet can be used to treat chronic issues, or simply to bring relief for temporary digestive problems.

How is this herb so beneficial? It has a gentle astringent affect on any tissue it interacts with, condensing cells and limiting unwanted discharge. It calms upset stomach, and quells nausea. Meadowsweet soothes and protects the mucous membranes of the stomach and digestive tract, and reduces acidity. When chronic issues lead to the inflammation of tissue, meadowsweet will help.

This healing herb can be safely used for heartburn, gastric and peptic ulcers, upset stomach, and diarrhea. For gastritis, gastric ulcers, and an irritated stomach, try mixing meadowsweet with comfrey and marshmallow root. For a gentle herbal remedy for diarrhea, blend this herb with equal parts of lady’s mantle.

Calendula Flower

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Calendula flower, also known as pot marigold, has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. Compounds, oils, creams and tinctures of Calendula are one of the most trusted and widely used herbal remedies in an alternative practitioner’s toolbox. Calendula has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being a strong antiseptic and astringent.

Not only is this herb considered a vulnerary, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory, but it is also useful as an emmenagogue, both regulating and balancing painful and irregular menstrual cycles. Of all the marigold benefits, this is perhaps the most interesting, as the flower blooms on a monthly basis. This tincture can also be an excellent herb for treating anemia.

More recently scientists have investigated Calendula tincture for possible anti-cancer and antiviral actions this herb may possess.

Gotu Kola

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Gotu kola has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb. Today, it is used by American and European herbalists to help treat a number of problems. According to legend, an ancient Chinese herbalist who used gotu kola lived to be over 200 years old.

Gotu kola has had impressive results in treating varicose veins and cellulite.

Although no human studies have been performed, it is suggested that people suffering from insomnia can benefit from taking gotu kola because animal tests have shown it to act as a sedative.

Lavender Flower

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There’s nothing this herb can’t do. Today, lavender is most commonly used for anxiety, depression, mental exhaustion, insomnia, scrapes and wounds, digestive problems, headaches, skin problems and women’s health problems. In addition to this, lavender can be used to treat exhaustion, heat exposure, fevers, aches and pains, over-exertion, jet lag, rashes, sprains, sunburn, sunstroke, bruises and burns. It can also be used as a disinfectant and insect repellant. Lavender is an antiseptic, natural antibiotic, sedative, detoxifier.

Chamomile Flower

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Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory, to name only a few therapeutic uses. Extensive scientific research over the past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant’s therapeutic activity, including antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiallergenic activity.

Chamomile tea may also be of great help if consumed at the onset of symptoms associated with the cold or flu. Many people don’t realize that chamomile tea may also help with digestive problems, so there’s great reason for this to be such a popular herbal tea.

Stevia

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Stevia plant is a small, sweet-leaf herb of South American origin used by native Guarani tribes of Paraguay since centuries. Recent scientific trials firmly establish that this sweet-leaf herb has, in fact, many health benefiting plant-derived phyto-chemical compounds that help control blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure in addition to its use as natural sweetener. Together with the rise in demand for low-calorie food alternatives, stevia has drawn the attention of health conscious fitness lovers all over the planet.

WHY MOUNTAIN ROSE HERB COMPANY, YOU ASK?

I trust Mountain Rose Herbs for 3 simple reasons:

1. Certified Organic- Grown, harvested and processed without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, GMO’s, synthetic chemicals, growth agents, and free from irradiation and chemical sterilization. All certified organic materials are certified though OTCO, a USDA accredited third party certification agency. (Certificates available upon request)

2. Wildharvested- Items gathered from their natural environment, such as woodlands, prairies, deserts etc. All wildharvested items are taken to separate facilities for further processing. All wildharvested items gathered and contracted for Mountain Rose Herbs must sign a preliminary “Wild Take Audit” to insure that materials are sustainably gathered with a no more than 10% take, and that the plants are re-seeded or roots are left to re-stock native populations.

3. Cultivated Without Chemicals- Grown without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, GMO’s, synthetic chemicals, and free from irradiation and chemical sterilization. Unlike materials sold as certified organic, our growers of these materials have not had their operations certified through a third party certification agency, but they have acknowledged the rejection of the aforementioned growing methods. All items listed as “Cultivated Without Chemicals” have been tested free from pesticide, organophosphate, and carbamate residues through our laboratory. (Certificates available upon request)

Learn more about herbs postpartum here!