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Nursing & Nature: Tinctures, Teas, and Treats

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Healthy Horizons and Herb Lore hosted a virtual class on Nursing & Nature: Tinctures, Teas and Treats to provide nursing mothers alternative ways to overcome challenges in her breastfeeding journey.

The worldwide use of traditional and alternative medicine has grown considerably in recent years. Herbal medicines are becoming widely used because of their affordability, accessibility, and effectiveness if used correctly.

Below are tips and tricks if you decide to incorporate herbal medicine into your breastfeeding and pumping plan.

Herbal 101: The most common way to take an herbal product is through a tincture or tea. A herbal tincture is a concentrated extract made by soaking fresh (or dried) leaves or roots in alcohol or vegetable glycerine. Herbal teas made from leaves soaking in hot water is called an infusion. Making a tea with roots is called a decoction as these harder herbs must be boiled.  Your bag of tea will give you brewing directions to make it easy!  If tinctures or teas are not your thing, there are several different treats (cookies or bars) that you can try.

Lactation Care: There are a variety of conditions that mothers have found relief in when incorporating herbal products into their daily regimen. Some of the most common are:

Symptom Recommendation

Low Milk Supply Goats Rue, Moringa, Shatavari, Blessed Thistle, Fenugreek

Over/Uneven Milk Production Sage or Parsley

Plugged Ducts Lecithin, or Poke Root

Mastitis Poke Root, Echinacea, Lethicin

Thrush/Yeast Deodorized Garlic, Probiotics,

Baby Jarrow,

ACV Rinse Non-Dairy Acidophilus Liquid

Powerhouse Products: Is your milk supply not exactly what you imagined it would be? While lactation herbal supplements won