Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
January 2008
Volume 8 Number 1
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Childbearing & Mothering ...
AFTER A CESAREAN:
Herbal Healing for Mother and Child,
THE WISE WOMAN WAY

by Susun S. Weed

AFTER A CESAREAN:
© 2007 Susun S. Weed



NOURISHING, TONIC, AND ANTI-INFECTIVE HERBS

Safe Use of Herbs After a Cesarean:

  • Water-based infusions provide optimum benefit and greatest safety
  • Capsules are most likely to cause ill-effects and odd reactions
  • Avoid poisonous forms of herbs such as essential oils
  • Use tinctures diluted to treat acute problems
  • Herbs move rapidly into breast milk (10-20 minutes)

The Art of Robyn Bellospirito

Simple Nourishing Herbs for Mother and Child After a Cesarean:

1. Nourishing herbal infusions:

  • Nettle (Urtica dioica)
  • Oatstraw (Avena sativa)
  • Comfrey leaf (Symphytum uplandica)
  • Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
  • Linden flowers (Tillia americana)

2. Benefits of nourishing herbal infusions after a cesarean:

  • Nettle increases breast milk and helps replace blood loss.
  • Oatstraw improves sleep and strengthens the nervous system.
  • Comfrey leaf helps incisions heal and helps prevent scarring.
  • Red clover improves breast milk production and brings hormonal sanity.
  • Linden soothes and heals mucus surfaces and incisions; prevents colds.


Tonic Herbs for Mother and Child After a Cesarean:

1. Water bases:

  • Raspberry leaf (Rubus ideaus) to tonify uterus.
  • Aromatic mints - rosemary, lavender, and lemon balm - for digestion.
  • Avoid sage (Salvia officinalis) if breast feeding.

2. Tincture bases:

  • Astragalus (A. membranaceous) strengthens immunity, prevents infection.
  • Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) to ease after-birth pain and prevent post-partum depression.


Herbs That Can Counter Infection After a Cesarean:

  • Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia) to increase macrophages; counter bacteria.
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) against all gram-positive and -negative bacteria.
  • Usnea (U. barbarata) to counter deep infection.
  • Poke root (Phytolacca americana) - USE WITH CAUTION.


THE EMPOWERED WOMAN PROMOTES HER OWN HEALTH


Benefits to Being Pro-Active in Healing After a Cesarean:

  • Quicker healing for mom.
  • Less scarring of the incision site.
  • Better bonding between mom and babe.
  • Deeper sleep for mom and babe.
  • Fewer problems with infection at incision site and fewer infections for baby.



Bringing It Home:

1. Making nourishing infusions:

  • One ounce stinging nettle, quart of boiling water; steep 4 hours - for energy.
  • One ounce oatstraw, quart of boiling water; steep 4 hours - for patience.
  • One ounce comfrey leaf, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain; rebrew with two cups cold water, bring to a boil; steep 4 hours, strain - to improve chances of a VBAC with next child.
  • One ounce red clover blossom, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain - to prepare for the next pregnancy.
  • One-half ounce linden flowers, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain; rebrew with two cups cold water, bring to a boil; steep 4 hours, strain.

2. Additions to infusions:

  • Honey (Note: do not give honey to infants younger than 12 months)
  • Milk
  • The Israeli Public Health Ministry recommends against soy beverage for children under the age of eighteen (18); it's not good for mom either.
  • Ice
  • Juice (Note: problems with fructose)

3. Sources for buying herbs and tinctures:



For Further Information:

Susun Weed
PO Box 64
Woodstock, NY 12498
Fax: 1-845-246-8081


Visit Susun Weed at: www.susunweed.com and www.wisewomanbookshop.com
For permission to reprint this article, contact us at: susunweed@herbshealing.com

Susun S. Weed is the author of four highly-acclaimed books on herbs and women's health: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Healing Wise, New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way and Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way. Ms. Weed lectures world-wide on women's health and herbal medicine. From her home in New York State's Catskill Mountains, she directs the activities of the Wise Woman Center, acts as editor-in-chief of Ash Tree Publishing, personally oversees the work of 400 correspondence students, and trains herbal and shamanic apprentices. Susun has lived the simple life for nearly 40 years as an herbalist, goatkeeper, homesteader, and feminist. She has been called "a true radical - deeply rooted," "a modern pioneer," and "one of the founding mothers of herbal medicine in the United States”


 

Optimum Nutrition the Wise Woman Way - 3 CD set

Susun Weed at Green Nations Gathering 1996

Simple secrets of optium nutrition, beyond rules, beyond heroics. How find, choose, prepare, and consume nutrient-dense foods that build vitality, joy, and superior health. Follow digestion from start to finish, encounter the mysterious cell wall, and marvel at the microbes that feed you. Health-negative effects of vitamin/mineral supplements, problems with sprouts and juices, long-term difficulties caused by low fat, vegan, macrobiotic, and raw food diets.

Time: CD1- 71:09 min. & CD2- 73:56 min. & CD3- 60:56 min.

Price: $30.00

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Susun Weed’s books:




Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
Author: Susun S. Weed. Simple, safe remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and newborns. Includes herbs for fertility and birth control. Foreword by Jeannine Parvati Baker. 196 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $14.95
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Healing Wise
Author: Susun S. Weed. Superb herbal in the feminine-intuitive mode. Complete instructions for using common plants for food, beauty, medicine, and longevity. Introduction by Jean Houston. 312 pages, index, illustrations. Retails for $17.95
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at: www.wisewomanbookshop.com



NEW Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

Author: Susun S. Weed. The best book on menopause is now better. Completely revised with 100 new pages. All the remedies women know and trust plus hundreds of new ones. New sections on thyroid health, fibromyalgia, hairy problems, male menopause, and herbs for women taking hormones. Recommended by Susan Love MD and Christiane Northrup MD. Introduction by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. 304 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $16.95
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For excerpts visit: www.menopause-metamorphosis.com



Breast Cancer? Breast Health!

Author: Susun S. Weed. Foods, exercises, and attitudes to keep your breasts healthy. Supportive complimentary medicines to ease side-effects of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or tamoxifen. Foreword by Christiane Northrup, M.D. 380 pages, index, illustrations. Retails for $21.95
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Baby Magic for Your Magic Baby

by Jill Diana Chasse

Baby Magic is a Spiritual Guide to Motherhood. Begining before conception,Baby Magic guides a woman on her magical journey of becoming a mother. Including relaxations, eating tips, and exercises, Baby Magic teaches a woman how to prepare for and welcome her child with a healthy and brain stimulating environment.


Paperback, 89 pages, publisher--Magic of Motherhood.

$14.95 Price includes shipping cost.

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"I'd recommend it to any women who has even thought about becoming a mother!" -
Rosa Durrante, midwife

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