Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy and Lactation

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Angelica Root
Basil
Beth Root
Birthroot
Black Cohosh
Black Walnut
Bladderwrack
Blessed Thistle
Blue Cohosh
Blue Vervain
Boneset
Borage
Buchu
Buckthorn
Burdock Root
Butcher’s Broom

Butternut

Calendula
California Poppy
Cascara Sagrada

Catnip
Chaparral
Cinnamon
Coltsfoot
Comfrey Leaf
Comfrey Root
Cotton Root Bark
Damiana
Dong Quai
Elecampane
Ephedra
False Unicorn
Fenugreek
Feverfew
Ginger (in large amounts)
Ginseng (Siberian Ginseng aka Eleuthero is fine, except for those with high blood pressure)
Goldenseal
Gotu Kola
Hops
Horehound
Horsetail
Hyssop
Jamaican Dogwood
Juniper Berry
Kava Kava Root
Kelp

Lemon Balm
Lemon Grass
Licorice Root
Lobelia
Lovage
Ma-Huang
Marijuana
Mistletoe
Motherwort
Mugwort
Myrrh
Oregon Grape Rt.
Osha Root
PN6 Capsules/Tea
Parsley
Pau ‘d Arco
Pennyroyal
Pleurisy Root
Poke Root
Red Clover
Rosemary
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Saffron
Sage
Sarsaparilla
Sassafras
Saw Palmetto
Senna
Shepherd’s Purse
Skunk Cabbage
St. John’s Wort
Sumac
Tansy
Thyme
Turkey Rhubarb
Turmeric
Uva Ursi
Vitex
Wild Cherry Bark
Wormwood
Yarrow
Any herb used as a laxative

Herbs to Avoid During Lactation

Black Cohosh
Black Walnut
Bladderwrack
Borage
Buchu
Buckthorn
Cascara Sagrada
Chaparral
Coltsfoot
Comfrey Leaf
Comfrey Root
Damiana
Elecampane
Ephedra
Ginseng (Siberian Ginseng aka Eleuthero is fine, except for those with high blood pressure)
Goldenseal (internal use in jaundiced newborns)
Horsetail
Jamaican Dogwood
Juniper Berry
Kava Kava Root
Kelp
Licorice Root
Ma-Huang
Mugwort
Myrrh
Oregon Grape Root (in jaundiced newborns)
Pleurisy Root
Rue
Sage
Sarsaparilla
Saw Palmetto
Senna
Sumac
Turkey Rhubarb
Uva Ursi
Wormwood

For further information on this subject, please see our Premium article “Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy and Lactation: The In-Depth Version” (coming soon!).  In this version, you will be given specific reasons why a particular herb may be contraindicated for a pregnant or breastfeeding mother.
written by Pam Caldwell
Certified Herbalist — Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum & Lactation Specialist

THE “FAB 4” BASIC HERBAL FORMULAS EXPLAINED

THE “FAB 4” BASIC HERBAL FORMULAS EXPLAINED

A true detox must target four main areas of the body (kidneys, lymph system, endocrine glands – esp. the adrenals, and the GI tract). Weakness in these areas leads to ILC (Interstitial lymphatic constipation) and systemic acidosis (inflammation) and the degeneration of tissues. An overall lymphatic detox always involves working on these four areas at the same time no matter what conditions you have. This is the “Golden Key” to healing. Specifically,

The Kidneys need to be cleaned and strengthened because they filter the lymphatic and blood systems. Herbal kidney formulas are best but good kidney detoxifiers are Corn Silk, Juniper Berries, Saw Palmetto Berries, Pipsissewa, Uva Ursi, Parsley, Dandelion Leaf. & Burdock Root. Getting the kidneys to filter lymph (Kidney Filtration) is the most essential thing you can do to detox the body. Here’s a video on how to potentially speed things up. Kidney Filtration in 2 Days

The Endocrine Glands (pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid/parathyroid, pancreas, adrenals, testes/ovaries) control many of the body’s functions. Gland herbal formulas are best but top herbs are Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero), Parsley, Kelp, Chaste Tree Berries, Saw Palmetto Berries, Astragalus, He Sho Wu, Schizandra Berries, & Dandelion Root. You can add other specific formulas or “glandulars” to strengthen your weaker glands. Use Dr. Robert Morse’s Endocrine Balance formula if you have high blood pressure.

The Lymph System (your body’s sewer system) needs to be stimulated so it can move and be cleaned. The lymph nodes (the body’s septic tanks) are where many pathogens are destroyed and acids neutralized so they need to be strong. Move stagnant lymphatic fluids with herbs, exercise, massage, hot/cold packs and more. Good lymphatic herbs are Plantain, Chaparral, Cleavers, Poke Root, and Echinacea. DRM has lymph node support formulas too.

The Stomach & Bowels are the major area that eliminates toxins from the body so we need to make sure they are clean and free of mucoid plaque. Most bowels are chronic and have been toxic for a long time. It’s time to really get in and clean and detox them so they can be restored. This video shows you how to do it. Bowel Detox & Restoration Clean the GI tract with herbs like Dr. Robert Morse’s GI Broom and his Stomach and Bowels formulas.

I wish you many blessings of health!

Be Well!

This is not medical advice and is only what I would do based upon my studies and experiences. If you choose to follow this information you do so on your own and at your own risk. I cannot assume any responsibility for your actions, This is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Contact your health-care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem especially if you are pregnant, lactating, have high blood pressure, or taking pharmaceutical medications. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

Taking Capsules vs Tinctures

The capsules are overall more powerful and longer lasting than the tinctures. If you plan on storing herbs for longer periods of time (months or years), then emphasize the tinctures as they preserve the best, and increase in their potency over time. Capsules take approximately 45 minutes to enter the bloodstream whereas tinctures will get there much faster.

Some people do not like taking capsules, which is where the tinctures come in. Others cannot stomach the taste or don’t like the alcohol contained within alcohol-based tinctures and are therefore pleased with the capsules. Another alternative, is glycerin-based tinctures of which Dr. Robert Morse is also beginning to utilize. When taking many herbal formulas, it would serve best not to take too many in capsule form (imagine taking 10 * 3 (= 30 capsules) 3 times a day). In such cases, it is recommended to have some of the formulas be in tincture form or simply remove the powdered herbs from the veggie-capsules and take them like that.

Herbal tinctures for emergency purposes (such as plantain herb for poisoning) are preferred in tinctured form.

People with digestive issues and diabetes should still take capsules over tinctures, in most

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This is not medical advise and is for information purposes only.