Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora) - A natural relaxant, calming for the mind and body. May relieve stress, nervousness, stomach ache and period pain. Rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) - With its sweet-scented leaves it is known to calm the nervous and digestive systems, with the additional benefits of enhancing the immune system. Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family, it has also been known to be a featured remedy for anxiety, melancholy, nervousness and a host of viral and bacterial infections.
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) - Exceedingly gentle but very effective. Offers excellent support for the nervous and digestive systems. The flowers when used in tea may ease stress and nervousness, promoting sleep and aiding in digestion.
Rose (Rosa) - Calming, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
Nettle (Urtica dioica) - High in nutrients and is thought to be a strengthening herb especially after childbirth, naturally supports energy and the immune system.
Elderberry - Immune enhancing properties and rich in vitamin C.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare apiaceae) - Has a calming effect on the digestive system relieving flatulence, bloating and abdominal discomfort. Can be used by breastfeeding mothers to improve breast milk flow, when used in this way, the digestive effects of Fennel can be passed from the mother to the baby.
Herbal teas have been used for thousands of years by pregnant and breastfeeding women for the health benefits they may bring. Surprisingly there is limited research in the effects of these herbs. It is usually okay to drink herbal tea during pregnancy but should be limited to 1-2 cups per day especially in the first trimester. Please consult your healthcare professional before drinking in early pregnancy.