Category Archives: herb

Antiviral Essential Oils

Protecting our children & ourselves Way back in the last century (1999) my 9 year old son and I were living in a home where I did childcare for two pre-school aged children. Three times that winter their whole family was diagnosed with strep throat, and took antibiotics for it. (They continued to eat cold…

Best Lactation Herbs

My 5 Favorites in the first 10 Days Whether you are an Ayurvedic, Chinese or Western herbalist, you may have a few favorite lactation herbs already. There are so many herbs to choose from. When I ask myself, what are the top herbs for early postnatal use, then ask again, what are the top ones for…

Mama’s Herbs and Manas Herbs

The “It depends” Rule A big, “it depends” rule in Ayurveda and “Terrain” medicine makes teaming up with an advanced practitioner, or learning advanced use of herbs especially important for mothers with complications.  The same thing is true for all of us as we move through the seasons of our lives. An herb may be…

Herb for maternal health punctures tires and ….

This featured herb for maternal care punctures tires yet makes the urinary channels feel like silk! Tribulus terrestris is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. This “noxious weed” in the US is called Goat’s Beard or Puncture Vine.  Ayurveda calls it Gokshura.  It offers the practitioner many uses in maternal healthcare, and though found all…

How to use Superfoods for Mamas

How to use Superfoods for Mamas is a big topic!  And yummy one.  And this post is currently in kinda messy draft version, but perhaps you will find value anyway.  It’s time sensitive, with focus on hot weather. Shall we share favorites and “chew” on it together? I have my faves, but I also am…

AyurDoula’s Astrology

AyurDoulas sometimes can benefit from astrology in our practice. The current planetary influences can more easily create vitiations on the nervous system tissues, mind carrying channels, excess heat in body, mind and temper. Plan to be extra cautious with the mental/emotional health of clients and take precautions in diet and herbal formulation for balance. And…

Finding Mama Medicine & Food in the Rose of Sharon

Today I snacked on a treat… sweet petals of “Rose of Sharon”, combined with a few iron rich Monukka raisins, pine nuts and I must admit, some dark organic chocolate, in sweet coconut milk.  Exquisite!   In the heat, that is all I wanted for a light supper actually.   But what are the medicinal…

Herbs for Mood – Depression and many related conditions

Herbs for Postnatal Moods – We use several really good ones.  Front line – I often call on Tulsi with Gotu Kola or another Brahmi tea – serotonin enhancing in Nature’s user friendly bio-balancing way that can be tandemed for month or more before beginning to SLOWLY reduce other herbs, according to some experienced Ayurvedics.  Transitioning…

Learn Safe Postpartum Herbals with Ayurved

Why is the ayurvedic compound, triphala and other laxatives contraindicated in early postpartum?  Mothers already have a strong downward energetic created from a vaginal birth and the natural body cleansing of the womb with bleeding after birth.  This downward flow we know in Ayurveda as apana vayu, which governs elimination, menstruation, birth, ejaculation, postpartum lochia,…