DIY Pregnancy Herbal Tea Blend

Pregnancy Tea

Now that I’ve had my baby, I want to share my recipe for pregnancy tea. I believe that this tea played a big part in the speed and effectiveness of labor and birth (read our home birth story here!). I drank one to three glasses of this tea throughout pregnancy, except when morning sickness prevented me. I used a mesh tea ball and a 1/2 gallon mason jar for steeping and then just put the jar in the fridge. This tea is delicious as an iced tea and I don’t think it needs any sweetener, but you can add a little raw honey.

  • 4 parts Red Raspberry Leaf: This is THE herb for pregnancy! Not only is it full of vitamins and minerals, it also has a toning effect on the uterus. It strengthens the uterine muscle to make contractions more effective, and it also helps to prevent hemorrhage.
  • 3 parts Nettle Leaf: One of my favorite herbs for a nutritional boost! Nettle is wonderful at any time, but during pregnancy it can be especially useful for getting a strong concentration of easily absorbed vitamins and minerals. It supports the kidneys, which are working very hard during late pregnancy. It is helpful for reducing swelling and because it is high in iron, it can help prevent anemia.
  • 1 part Oatstraw: Yep, this is the straw from the plant that oats come from! It is a wonderful real food source for calcium and magnesium, which our muscles need to contract and relax properly. Leg cramps, which tend to occur more often as pregnancy progresses, can be reduced by regular consumption of oatstraw tea. (Note: You may also need to supplement with magnesium, due to the mineral depletion of the soil.)
  • 1 part Peppermint: Not only is it delicious, but peppermint helps digestion and, for some women, reduces nausea from morning sickness (read about other natural morning sickness remedies!).
  • 1/2 part Rose Hips: These are a good source of vitamin C, which is important for the circulatory and immune systems.

To use:

  1. Mix the herbs well and store them in an air-tight container. I reused an old tea tin, which has the added benefit of keeping out the light.
  2. Fill a small or medium tea ball with the herbal mix and hang it in the mason jar.
  3. Fill the jar with boiling water, set a small plate on top and allow to steep until cool enough to put in the fridge.

I like to add one or two bags of rooibos (red tea) for extra antioxidants and an amazing naturally sweet flavor! My favorite kind is the Madagascar Vanilla Rooibos by Celestial Seasonings, if you’re wondering. πŸ™‚ The other addition I like is to toss in a cinnamon stick (the “sweet” cinnamon is the BEST cinnamon I’ve ever tasted!). Cinnamon has many health benefits and tastes delicious! During pregnancy, I like to have cinnamon daily to help keep blood sugar levels smooth. I would not recommend “Cassia” cinnamon, especially during pregnancy, due to the high levels of coumarin, which can be hard on the liver and kidneys. “Sweet”, “true”, “Sri Lanka” or “Ceylon” cinnamon (cinnamomun verum) doesn’t have high levels of coumarin. That’s the only kind we ever use.

15 comments to DIY Pregnancy Herbal Tea Blend

  • Hi,

    I am loving your site. I was just wondering if this tea is safe throughout the whole pregnancy because I have heard mixed things about raspberry leaves before the third trimester.

    Thanks!

    • Thanks, Ashley! That is a good question. The reports of miscarriage suspected to be caused by raspberry leaf were from a different species of plant than the one used here in the States. The one you want (“rubus idaeus” in latin) has never been proven to cause complications. Most people, including doctors and herbalists, don’t realize that. Traditionally, rubus idaeus red raspberry leaf has been used to prevent miscarriage. I believe that almost all miscarriages are caused by an abnormality in the baby and herbs will neither cause not cure something like that. If you have never had RRL before, you might want to wait until after 12 weeks and start slowly. Ideally, RRL tea would be started well before pregnancy and continued until the baby is born. I am completely confident in it’s safety during all of pregnancy, but whether you use it or not needs to be your own decision. πŸ™‚

  • Thanks! This is very helpful I am 21 weeks, so I would love to start using it now πŸ™‚ Just bought some raspberry leafs and rosehips, but forget the other ingredients.

  • I’m wondering where you get all your ingredients! This sounds wonderful for when I do get pregnant, and I’d like to remember the recipe, but where I live I don’t know of anywhere to buy most of these things.

    • Good question, Jamie! Right now we are blessed with a wonderful healthfood store in our area. A lot of the ingredients are available there, but whenever they don’t have what I need, I order from The Bulk Herb Store or Mountain Rose Herbs. The links for each of those are on the right side of my blog (I am an affiliate πŸ™‚ ) Mountain Rose Herbs has tons of herbs, as well as essential oils, carrier oils and even gourmet spices for cooking!

  • Tabitha

    For the nettle you call for in this recipe is it root or leaf?

    • Nettle leaf- good question! I’ll update the post to make sure that’s clear. Thanks so much, Tabitha! πŸ™‚

      • Tabitha

        No, thank you for this recipe and for such a wonderful blog! I just stumbled upon it today and have been enjoying it quite immensely! This recipe seems very similar to the Republic of Tea Get Maternal tea that I love. My mother in law gifted me a lifetime supply when I was pregnant with my first that has just run out, so I am eager to try my hand at this and several other of your recipes related to pregnancy, postpartum, and baby care!

        • I haven’t hear of that company- I’ll have to check them out! I’m always in the market for some good herbal teas. πŸ˜‰

          I’m so glad that you are enjoying my blog and I hope that you find a bunch of helpful and encouraging posts! It sounds like your pregnant, or hope to be soon. Congrats!

  • Hi there,

    over here in Holland, there’s a national health advice to keep away from cinnamon during pregnancy because of the coumarine that’s in it…

    • Thanks so much for pointing that out. We never, ever, use “cassia” cinnamon, which is the kind that contains the dangerous levels of coumarin. I’ve updated my post to make that clear. True cinnamon is safe, but it is more expensive that the cassia cinnamon that is so widely available. For us, it’s worth the extra money to order the good kind. πŸ™‚

  • LE Stone

    I tried this tea without being pregnant, because of the nutrient benefits, but found it stopped my period! Has anyone else had this problem?

    • How strange! I haven’t ever heard of any of these herbs stopping periods. Are you taking any other supplements or herbs? Vitex (chaste tree berry) has been known to cause that, as have other herbs. Is it possible that you started something else around the same time as the tea?

  • Ann

    Thank you for all the insightful information. I wanted to know:
    Is it safe to drink this tea if you are nursing?
    Aloha
    Ann

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