Herbs and female health - part II

Herbs and female health - part II

  Autor NN Team Data: 26.10.2007

Herbs and female health - part II
It is often used to induce relaxation and to relieve anxiety and nervousness. Therefore it is introduced into the composition of herbal drugs as sedatives. It is very helpful in cases of insomnia, producing a natural sleep, soothing and healing. Being a good antispasmodic, valerian is used successfully to treat cramps, colic and painful menstruation. It is indicated especially when pain is accompanied by tension, headaches and rheumatic pain. 

Calin is an excellent antispasmodic used mainly to treat cramps and the pains in ovaries and uterus. It is a good natural painkiller for menstrual cramps, because it acts on the muscles of the uterus. Because it has astringent properties, it is used for excessive bleeding during menstruation, but also for the menopausal bleeding. 
Unlike synthetic drugs, herbal products are not very careful supervised and tested by medical bodies. Therefore, the quality and concentration of a natural supplement can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The extracts of plants will also be used after consulting a doctor, especially by pregnant women. Some substances contained in plants can cross the placenta and reach fetal blood. 

Besides raspberry leaf, mentioned above, there are some plants that are thought to be suitable for pregnant women: 
  • Peppermint - Treats nausea and bloating. 
  • Ginger root - Treats nausea and vomiting. 
  • Oats - Rich in calcium and magnesium, calms anxiety and irritated skin. 
As a source of vitamins and minerals, celery and parsley are excellent. Avoid, however, the seeds of these plants. 

To relieve morning sickness, it is recommended chamomile tea or tincture ofginger and mint.

To speed up the healing of perineal area after birth, hay infusion can beused.

Postpartum depression can be ameliorated with oat tincture.

After birth, milk production can be improved using fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum), Fennel, and milk thistle (Silybum marianum). 

To treat mastitis externally crushed leaves of cabbage or echinacea can beapplied.

Calendula cream can treat skin irritation in children or injuries ofmother's nipples.

There are also, however, plants that share emmenagogue (stimulates contractions of the uterus), classified as abortifacients, which is why they are contraindicated in pregnancy: aloe Vera, angelica, meadow saffron, barberry, celery seed, cinnamon, rosemary, parsley seeds, yarrow, wormwood, celandine, juniper, sage, thyme, mistletoe. 

Aromatherapy can be helpful during pregnancy and relaxing effect of essential oils being well known. Because oils can also have emmenagogic and abortive effect we should avoid the oils from the plants mentioned above and any other essential oil that is considered toxic. Doctors recommend that in the first trimester of pregnancy to reduce or totally eliminate the use of essential oils for both aromatherapy and massage. They can be used successfully in the second and third quarter and especially during labour. 

Here are the types of volatile oils that can be used without care bypregnant women:

  • Bergamot - Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic. 
  • Chamomile - Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory antispasmodic, relieves muscle pain, headaches and indigestion. 
  • Eucalyptus - Antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, improves breathing. 
  • Muscat (recommended after the third month) - Antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, soothes sore feet and improves circulation. 
  • Grapefruit - astringent, aids digestion, stimulates lymphatic circulation, prevents fluid retention. 
  • Lemon - Antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, stimulant, tonic, remove nausea. 
  • Tea Tree - antibiotic, antiviral, disinfectant 
  • Ylang-ylang - antidepressant, aphrodisiac, sedative, lowers blood pressure. 

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