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Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Heartburn, backache, morning sickness, insomnia, pain from tearing… the list of discomforts from the childbearing year can seem endless. But at Motherlove, we've long known that for each challenge there are herbs and essential oils that can provide gentle and effective relief. 

We are therefore very pleased to share a new book, Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding, which is an essential guide to using herbs and essential oils to support mothers in the journey of childbearing.

In this book, author Demetria Clark, a midwife and herbalist, shares valuable information about the use of these natural approaches. She provides directions for making aromatherapy remedies in the forms of body sprays, room sprays, bath oils, diffuser blends, and more. She shares herbal remedy recipes for teas, tinctures, lozenges, and syrups. Demetria explains which essential oils and herbs are safe to use during the different stages of pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period. And, she even includes information on growing, preparing, and wildcrafting herbs.

We think that Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding is an essential resource for mothers seeking natural approaches to common concerns at this time of life. And, we are very pleased to share a recipe from the book - for heartburn tea - below!

Heartburn Tea (makes three cups dried herbs)

1 cup dried raspberry leaves

1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers

1/2 cup dried lemon balm leaves

1/2 cup marshmallow root

1/2 cup dried spearmint leaves

Combine herbs and water in a clean glass jar and mix well until combined. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb mixture per 1 cup of boiling water. Let steep for 10 to 20 minutes, strain, and discard the herbs. Stored in a covered pitcher in the refrigerator, this prepared herbal tea will keep for 1 to 2 days. 

Dosage instructions: Drink 1 cup after eating a meal or upon the onset of heartburn.