Before taking and herbal tea to induce labor, talk to your doctor or midwife or make an appointment with a certified herbalist or naturopathic doctor in your area to get help.
Please do not follow advice by other pregnant women who have tried it before. Each woman is unique and what is appropriate for one may not be appropriate for the next. The following information is meant for education purpose only.
An herbal tea to induce labor will Include the following herbs:
Blue cohosh is commonly used as part of an herbal tea to induce labor because it is very effective in stimulating uterine contractions. This herb is best used in very small amounts to prepare a woman for labor. There are many concerns about its safety because it can affect the baby. Do not take this herb unless under expert supervision.
Blue cohosh is a great uterine tonic that improves the quality of very weak contractions. It is used to induce labor when the woman is weak, fatigued or lacks uterine strength. It is helpful in a condition known as "irritable uterus," where the uterine contractions start and then stop.
This are described as strong Braxton-Hicks contractions or false labor pains. An herbal tea containing blue cohosh was used by Native Americans in preparation for labor. The problem with using this herb to induce labor is that it should not be taken too often and never in large amounts.
One cup of tea pepared by steeping 1 teaspoon of this dried herb in 250 ml of water is sufficient. Labour will begin within the next 12 hours.
This herb has a relaxant effect to assist women and ease the pain of childbirth due to its anti-spasmodic action. I believe this remedy has a great value to induce labor but it should be taken under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
Black cohosh is often associated with Blue cohosh in many herbal combinations to induce labor. Black cohosh helps regulate and strengthen contractions, while promoting cervical ripening.
Black cohosh is mild in its action, but it should also be used with caution during pregnancy. In fact, not enough research is present to support the use of either Blue and Black cohosh during pregnancy and labor. These labor inducing herbs have been used effectively by midwives and Native America women for centuries because they have been used with caution, only when needed and in small amounts.
Goldenseal has potent oxytocic properties and is capable of stimulating contractions bringing on labor, but it is not considered safe unless under midwifery supervision. Many practitioners discourage the use of this herb to induce labor.
Partridgeberry is used as a tea to induce labor and to treat menstrual pains and cramps. It also relieves heavy bleeding. If you make a salve of Partridgeberry, you can use it to soothe cracked nipples. Partridgeberry is considered safe to use in a herbal induction tea.
Raspberry leaf tea to induce labor is not as effective as other herbs. These herb is a uterine tonic and some expert do not believe that it will trigger labor, but it will definitely prepare the uterus for it.
Raspberry herb is recommended during pregnancy and labor as it is supposed to be quite safe. It is known to prevent hemorrhages and relax the smooth muscles. Raspberry leaf tea when taken during labor may speed it up.
Many practitioners recommend a pregnant woman to drink one cup a day from the sixth month of pregnancy up to 3 cups a day during the last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy.
Using Cinnamon bark tea to induce labor can be safe and in some cases effective. Cinnamon bark is use to treat uterine disorders, irregular menses, heavy bleeding, uterine infections and vaginal discharges.
To prepare a cinnamon herbal inducing tea just pour boiling water over 2 cinnamon sticks, you can add raspberry leaf tea to the infusion or other herbs to induce labor.
Cotton root is safer than Blue cohosh and has a milder action as a tea to induce labor. It is known to stimulate uterine contraction and help a difficult labor.
Motherwort is a soothing uterine tonic and help prepare for labor and makes childbirth easier. It also alleviates false labor pains and prevents miscarriages.
Cumin tea to induce labor is used with a small piece of raw potato, which reduces the bitterness of the cumin.
Cumin tea to induce labor is prepared by adding boiling water to 1 tablespoon of cumin seed.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil to induce labor is not the most effective, but it helps ripening of the cervix in preparation for labor.
Starting about 38 weeks, women can take 3-6 capsules, taken orally, everyday and/or rubbed directly on the cervix if bag of waters is intact, after 37 weeks.
Induce Labor: Herbs Dosage
When using home remedies for inducing labor, the best way is to prepare a tea. Warm water extraction of the herbal properties is different from alcohol extraction used in tincture preparation.
Taking powdered capsules is also different because in that case you will be ingesting the herbs while in a tea you will be only drinking the water.
In my opinion this makes a difference and possibly makes herbal teas safer for pregnant women and their babies.
How to Prepare a Tea to Induce Labor
If you want to use home remedies to induce labor consider cumin, motherwort, cinnamon, cotton root, and Partridgeberry herb.
These natural herbs to start labor are considered safe and effective.
To prepare the tea:
1. Put 250 ml of boiling water on top of 1 tablespoon of herb (single herb or herbal mix, do not put 1 tablespoon of each herb).
2. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes.
3. Strain it using cheese cloth.
4. Drink the water.
5. Discard the plant material.
The effect of one cup of herbal tea to induce labor will be noticed within the next 12 hours.
Talk to an expert practitioner before taking another dose. Give the herb/s some time to work and induce labor.
Herbs dosage to start labor have not been tested and many protocols have not been validated either for effectiveness or safety.
Please, always talk to your care provider first before using herbs to start labor.
Why is this so important? Because if you are inducing labor naturally, your midwife needs to be ready to deliver your baby in case things go really fast.
If your need emergency care, your doctor needs to know that you have been taking herbal remedies.
Herbs can assist women during labor and be very effective in helping give physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional focus. I would recommend Nature's Birth Drops for support during labor. This herbal remedies can be added to your labor water to facilitate birth by supporting healthy and effective contractions naturally.
If you are overdue and are considering using an herbal tea to induce labor, you may want to consult with an expert practitioner.
With all my three pregnancies I was overdue and I know the stress that mothers-to-be go through when waiting to give birth and not wanting to be medically induced.
Trust your body and your baby!
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