Herbs and Stones for Use During Pregnancy and Labor: Medicinal and Magickal
Using Nature's Resources While You Are With Child
Many people don't realize just how many things are provided by Mother Nature to aid us in our health and wellbeing. We don't have to fully rely on Western Medicine to have a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery. There are herbs that can be used medicinally and magically to aid in a healthy uterus and reproductive system, as well as aid in bringing on labor when your body is ready. There are also crystals and stones that can be used energetically during the childbirthing process.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a high-risk pregnancy, don't take this article as the end-all-be-all for you and your baby's health. Consult your health care provider before the consumption of any of the herbs listed below. My advice should not replace the advice of your health care provider, but act as a supplement to it.
Safe Herbs for Use During Pregnancy
While many women are reluctant to even drink herbal tea during pregnancy, let it be known that many herbs cannot and will not harm you or your baby. The key is to doing your research and making sure the herbs you are consuming (be it in a tea or in your food) are safe in smaller amounts. Don't forget that herbs can be used in other ways...not just by means of eating and drinking.
Herbs can be used during your pregnancy in the form of aromatherapy.
Some of the herbs that you can and should use around your home (or while getting a prenatal massage) include but aren't limited to: peppermint oil, lavender oil, lemongrass, chamomile, patchouli, sweet orange, and ylang ylang. It is recommended by many health care providers that these are not used except for once you have passed the first trimester. You can also burn certain incenses or herbal-infused candles as a form of aromatherapy - to calm your nerves and help settle any anxiety you might be feeling.
Herbs have been traditionally used in folk magic for centuries.
Midwives and granny doctors in the United States would place certain herbs in small bags and hang it around the neck of a pregnant woman to ward off sickness among other reasons. In hoodoo these herbal bags are called mojo bags, conjure bags or root bags. In witchcraft they are referred to as spell bags. Whatever you want to call them, many women swear by them. The benefit to using herbs in this way while pregnant is that you are getting the essence and energy of the herbs inside without having to worry about consuming them and potentially harming your unborn baby.
Safe Herbs for Pregnant Ladies & Mothers
Herbs for Pregnancy
Herbs to Induce Labor
Herbs for Post-Partum
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Herbs to Induce Labor
While people will tell you that trying to induce your own labor is dangerous and stupid, sometimes a more natural labor induction is a lot safer and more comfortable than being induced at the hospital!
A few things to note before trying to use herbs for induction: don't try to induce labor before being full-term (37 weeks). The baby just isn't ready yet and could use more time in utero to grow and become stronger before making his/her debut to the world. Make sure you do your research on each herb so that none react with any other kind of medication you are on and so that if you have any other medical problems they won't interfere.
That being said, there are some herbs that women swear will cause labor to start. One of those herbs is evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil is usually taken in capsule form, and is usually taken on a daily basis for a short period of time. In my humble opinion, if one has to take a supplement for a month or more how do we know this is really inducing labor in the end? Perhaps your body just goes into labor naturally and you've been taking the supplement assuming it works.
Both blue cohosh and black cohosh are also used to induce labor. It is said that the pregnant woman should take both together in order to have the effect of naturally inducing labor. Midwives will recommend this remedy to women who are overdue and some swear that it actually works. Certain Native American tribes used the cohosh plants to increase or bring on contractions. These can be taken together in tincture form, or can be drank as a tea or swallowed as capsules.
Castor oil is an old wives' remedy to induce labor in that it causes strong abdominal cramps that will supposedly bring on uterine contractions, as well. Castor oil is an oil that is pressed from the leaves of the castor oil plant. There are certain doctors and midwives that warn against using castor oil, however, because it can cause you to get sick (intense diarrhea and vomiting) and could be harmful to the baby. If you are not comfortable trying any of these herbs, don't use them.
There are other herbs and plants that can be used to induce labor, including motherwort, goldenseal and any herb that makes food spicy (chili powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper and more).
Crystals and Stones for Use During Pregnancy
Crystals and stones are imbued with Mother Earth's loving energy. In fact, they exude it. So why not carry a certain crystal or stone on your person while pregnant to bring in that loving Motherly energy? You are a mother (or will be a mother), and the Mother Earth longs to aid you in this time in your life. The use of crystals and stones for energy work and healing is a practice that has been around for centuries.
Here are some crystals and stones that are wonderful to use during pregnancy:
- Rose Quartz - a loving, calming stone that brings in the pure energy of motherly and self love.
- Blue Lace Agate - brings in angelic energy and is a powerful healer, also a calming stone
- Bloodstone - perfect for keeping one's cardiovascular system up-to-par. As the name suggests is great in regulating blood flow, and a wonderful healing stone.
How can you use these crystals and stones during pregnancy? You can carry them in your purse, in your pockets, or wear them as jewelry. Place them by your bed on your nightstand, around your home and in your garden. Put them under your pillow or between your mattress and boxspring. Some crystals can be used to make gem elixirs (look up which ones are safe to use and how to make a gem elixir). Simply hold a crystal or stone in your receiving hand (the hand you do NOT write with) and feel its energy trickle down into your very body and soul.
© 2015 Nicole Canfield