Herbal teas are great for keeping hydrated and gaining valuable nutrients. Whether you're having trouble conceiving or just want to ready your body for an optimal pregnancy ... then try this tea.
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Step 1: Gather Loose Herbs
Gather loose herbs. You can choose a combination of the following:
- Red Raspberry Leaf helps tone the reproductive organs;
- Nettle Leaf is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and calcium;
- Red Clover (Rubus idaeus). An herb that supplies high levels of iron and other minerals to the uterus, it can help to build a nourishing uterine lining that is ready for conception. Raspberry leaf works to tone the uterine muscles and normalize blood flow during menses. This is one of the best normalizing herbs for the female reproductive organs. It’s high nutritional content is a valuable tool for women preparing for pregnancy.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). An Ayurvedic fertility tonic that is used to nourish the ovaries and uterus. Ashwagandha is also nourishing and balancing to the thyroid, an important component of the endocrine system. Ashwagandha is also an effective tool for combating depression, aiding in healthy stress management;
- Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). A wonderful hormone balancer, licorice root helps to maintain proper hormone production and release to enhance the chance of conception. Licorice may also work to support proper adrenal gland function. Proper adrenal gland function is necessary for hormonal balance. Licorice Rt. also helps to add a nice flavor to this tea blend; and
- Organic Green tea (smaller amounts)
Step 2: Making the Tea
For 1 cup of tea, place a 1-2 tsp. of dried herbs in a tea cup (mug). For 2-3 cups of Conceptions Tea, put 3-4 heaping tsp of dried herbs in a teapot or glass canning jar.
Pour boiling water over the herbs, cover with lid or small plate for 1 cup method, or cap tightly if making in a jar. Let steep for a minimum of 15 minutes. Capping tightly insures you will not let any of the medicinal qualities of the herbs evaporate, this is especially important for the volitle oils contained in many of the plants. Because this tea is a mixture of bark (hard parts) and leaves, it needs to be steeped for the required time or longer to extract the medicinal properties of the hard bark parts. For 1 cup steep for 15 minutes. For a quart steep for 30 minutes to 3 hours.
Step 3: Adding Healthy Fats (optional)
Adding healthy fats to your tea helps your body absorb fat soluble vitamins.
Lauric acid found in coconut oil and breast milk has been found to have antiviral, antibacterial and parasiticidal (kills parasites) properties that support proper immune function. This may help to protect your and your baby’s health in pregnancy. The benefits of lauric acid continues on during lactation, as those benefits are directly passed to your baby through your breast milk. Breast milk is comprised of about 20% lauric and capric acid, these help to protect your baby from illness.