Apothecary and Teas

At the Renaissance festival this weekend, I came across two interesting booths, a tea booth and an apothecary booth. 

The teas are made by Aunt Jenn’s Teas & Spices. I love the idea of supporting entrepreneurs.  She was really nice and knowledgeable.  Also, the lavender tea is amazing.

http://shop.auntjenns.com/main.sc

She has created a mommy to be tea. “An herbal tea designed just for the expecting woman, our Mommy-To-Be Tea supplies a wealth of health benefits towards the end of pregnancy. Nettle soothes the body’s aches, while oatstraw elevates your overall mood. Raspberry leaf is said to ease labor, and chamomile and lemon balm contribute to calmness of mind and body. Spearmint and ginger, the ultimate body tonics, maintain your health as you await your bundle of joy!  Caffeine free”  http://shop.auntjenns.com/Mommy-To-Be-Tea-T14.htm

Naturally I bought some to try.  Anything to make this pregnancy easier and is not harmful sounds great to me. 

Later on, I came across the apothecary booth.  The gentleman was answering questions and I heard him mention three roots which I think are worth looking into.

Willow bark has the same properties as aspirin but none of the damaging side effects, which is great.  He also stated that while it takes 20 min longer to work it can last up to 40% longer.  I know that since this is a salicylate it is not safe for pregnancy, but is definitely something good to know.  I am checking in to any problems while breastfeeding.

Marshmallow root is supposed to help with heartburn.  I have found some conflicting information regarding whether this is safe during pregnancy or not, so I’m up in the air on this.  It has many purposes.  It can reduce inflammation, increase lactation and help a stomach just to name a few.  I do have a friend with an autoimmune disease that this may be very beneficial for.  More to come on that later.

Red yeast rice was the last important one he spoke of.  This is essentially a statin drug.  I think this could be a great alternative to the prescription drugs out there for this purpose, as they seem to have more side effects than they are worth.

I’m going to be digging into the clinical research on these before I make a final call but I am all for herbal remedies instead of pumping my body full of things I don’t really need.


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