Imac - here is the nettle leaf infusion info I promised - for haemorraghing and many other ailments. sorry that this is long, but these are medicinal herbs and the more info the better as they are best taken strong
. So here goes (tune out those who aren't interested!)
Stinging Nettle leaf is only to be taken at the end of your pregnancy (although some say safe throughout, see links below). I would suggest about 4 weeks before due, in rotation with RRL. And definitely after the birth. Its benefits are
: helps with reducing blood loss after birth, lactation, menopause(!lol), very good for odema (the fluid retention we all love), vitamin deficiencies and allergies especially. It is very very high in iron, - "high iron and chlorophyll content. It is also very high in the minerals calcium, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, copper, chromium, zinc, cobalt, potassium and phosphorus. Nettles also contain high amounts of vitamins A, C, D, E, and K as well as riboflavin and thiamine." The vitamin K content is enough to take away the need for that injection after birth for the baby apparently (I would believe it). Also, "Due to its high calcium content, the tea is specific for easing leg cramps and other muscles spasms, and also diminishes pain during and after birth" [from http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20060517.htm
]Stinging Nettle Infusion
* Put 1 ounce of dried stinging nettle into a quart-sized canning jar (1 ltr).
* Boil a quart/ltr of water and pour it into the jar containing the herb. You won't be able to get all of the water into the jar because the herb will take up some room.
* Stir the herb to get the air bubbles out. There will now be room to pour some more water in.
* Put a tight lid on the jar and let it steep for a minimum of four hours. I make it in the evening and let it steep all night.
* The next morning, strain the plant material out and remove it. Squeeze any liquid from the plant material back into the jar.
* Give the plant material back to the earth. The liquid, which is the infusion, can be strained into another quart jar.
You can drink it at room temperature, heat it up, or ice it. You can put honey, milk, salt, or alcohol in it (or maybe not when pg LOL). Refrigerate what you do not drink, and consume within 2 days.How often do you drink it?
Mostly, we rotate herbal infusions on a weekly basis (one ltr a day, or every 2 or 3 days even). So one week red rasberry leaf, one week nettle is very popular in pregnancy. Also helps you know what each herb is doing with your body, and gives your body time to react to each seperately. Not recommended to blend them.
And these articles about whether it is safe in pregnancy or not,safe for pg womenhttp://health.howstuffworks.com/medical-us...r-nettle-ga.htmhttp://www.fahc.org/Womens_Health/Midwifer...ving/herbs.htmlhttp://www.babycenter.com/plus/safe/quest....QuestId=1137231not sure, mentions researchhttp://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:TKXuhVj...f+tea+research+
"Reduce excess menstrual flow" - which is why some worryhttp://www.allnatural.net/herbpages/stinging-nettle.shtml
Mix it with a berry tea, or Roboois tea to make it taste better LOL
I buy if loose leaf at the local organic shop - a brown paper bag about as full as half an A4 piece of paper for around $5, much cheaper that tea bags, and way more effective than any tablets etc. WARNINGS
-one of the reasons it has these effects is that it is anti-inflammatory and slightly thins the blood. So not good for people with low blood pressure (yes, me included grrrr). Also, have a little bit first, rarely, but recorded, people get a body rash (harmless, goes away) from it. Also, it works on the kidneys a lot, normally a good thing - but NOT if you have kidney troubles. you also need to keep your fluids up , as it has a slightly duretic effect, and will help 'loosen the bowls' for some LOL, like we don't need that...
Ok, I think that covers everything... sorry to be so in depth, but I am not a herbalist and have to cover my bases.