21 Natural Remedies for Labor

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by Stacelynn Caughlan | Article Source

Before the Birth

PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)prepares uterus
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictriodes)*prepares uterus (reserve for special circumstances only)
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)prepares uterus
Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens)prepares uterus
Evening Primrose/Borage Oilprepares cervix

HYPOTENSIVES (reduces blood pressure)

Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)
Valerian (Valeriana off.)
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Hops (Humulus lupus) – do not use in depression
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Lemon Balm (Melissa off.)
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium)

DURING LABOR

Calcium/Magnesiumimproves contractibility, decreases risk of hypertension
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)aids contractions, reduces hypertension
Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)relaxant
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium)relaxes muscular tension
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)relaxes muscular tension, may prevent blood loss
Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)*systemic relaxant, allows mom to rest
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforlatum)helps relieve some discomfort
Ginger (Zingiber off.)*aids nausea, provides some stamina
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)uterine tonic, nutritious
Vervain (Verbena off.)relaxes nerves, may reduce pain
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)*direct effect on contractions
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)direct effect on contractions
Homeopathics i.e. Pulsatilla, Traumeel, Calms Fortefor discomfort, progression, etc.
Rescue Remedyfor shock, exhaustion, fear, etc.
Essential Oils (Jasmine, Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage, Neroli)soothing, invigorating, etc.
Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens)supports uterus