It's been on my to-do list for months and I am so excited to announce the creation of:
With the guidance & support of a certified herbalist, we have created the ideal herbal infusions for pregnancy, postpartum, and breastfeeding.
Today we're going to focus on the first of our upcoming herbal infusion.
We're still tossing around the final names for the products and they will be announced when the products officially launch. So far my favorite name for our pregnancy infusion is Great Gravida.
Gravida is latin for pregnant and you may have noticed your doctor's notes that may refer to you as "gravida" followed by a number. This is how many times you've been pregnant. If you've never been pregnant you would be considered nulligravida. Something about both the flow of the name and the idea of having an great pregnancy is why that's my vote. But we would LOVE your feedback! What do you think would be a great name for our Pregnancy Herbal Infusion?
What is in it?
Each ingredient for our Great Gravida Pregnancy Infusion was carefully selected for both safety and maximum health benefits.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Truly the mother of all pregnancy herbs, red raspberry leaf tea has been shown to be extremely beneficial during pregnancy. Even WebMD totes it's benefits stating:
"Red raspberry leaf is used for gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders, including diarrhea; for respiratory system disorders, including flu and swine flu; and for heart problems, fever, diabetes, and vitamin deficiency. It is also used to promote sweating, urination, and bile production. Some people use it for general "purification of skin and blood.”
Some women use raspberry leaf for painful periods, heavy periods, morning sickness associated with pregnancy, preventing miscarriage, and easing labor and delivery."
The American Pregnancy Association says:
"Medical studies have shown that red raspberry leaf can be consumed safely during pregnancy and can decrease the length of labor and the number of interventions used, such as artificial rupture of membranes (AROM), assisted delivery, and cesarean delivery.
Red raspberry leaf also seems to help prevent pregnancies from pre- or post-term gestation (delivering too early or too late)."
It's clear that Red Raspberry Leaf (also referred to as RRL) is ideal for the foundational herb in our infusion. It also brings a loaded amount of iron to the infusion, which we all know pregnant girls need!
We know that magnesium and calcium are two essential nutrients needed in pregnancy. They help support digestive health, reduce muscle cramping, reduce stress, and aid in helpful rest. Working hand in hand, calcium increases the bio-availability of magnesium. Additionally, if your body is deficient of calcium, it will be leached from your bones, which causes weakening and increases the risk of osteoporosis in the future. Oat Straw is a great source of both magnesium and calcium
Part of me wants to make a joke about The Little Rascals but I won't out of respect for this amazing herb. Rich in calcium, iron, carotenes, and vitamin C, alfalfa is also a great source of the very important Vitamin K. Vitamin K is an essential nutrient to the clotting process and newborns born to mothers with high levels of vitamin k are at a decreased risk of getting a rare disorder called 'vitamin K deficiency bleeding' (VKDB).
We went with lemon balm, not only because of it's delicious flavor when added to an infusion, but also because it is known to have a calming effect and help to relieve irritability, insomnia, and anxiety. It also may reduce the growth of certain viruses, therefore supporting the immune system that is weakened in pregnancy.
Another ingredient that is both delicious and beneficial, ginger root helps with nausea, upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, and the many other digestive upsets caused by pregnancy.
Tea VS Infusion. What is the difference?
A tea is usually brewed for a few minutes and enjoyed for it's flavor. An infusion is brewed for up to many hours and is drank for it's health benefits.
The best way to prepare your infusion is to take 8oz of our Great Gravida Herbal Infusion and place in a glass quart jar. Fill the jar with boiling water, cover, and let steep for at least an hour. The longer you brew your infusion, the stronger it will be. We recommend between 4-6 hours. After you have infused your water with all of the delicious goodness from the herbs, strain them out. Cheesecloth is ideal because it will get all of the tiny pieces. After that you may choose to reheat your infusion and drink it hot. Adding some ice and drinking it cold is my favorite in the summer time. Feel free to add a sweetener or a slice of lemon if you want to pump up the flavor.