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Welcome to 'Melbourne Doula', the place where I share what birth work is teaching is me, and what I am learning from the wonderful families who have invited me to share this most special season of their lives. Here you will find information about me and the doula services I provide, birth stories from remarkable women and their loved ones, as well as all kinds of resources to enrich your own journey of discovery. And welcome also to BLISSFUL HERBS, the home of beautiful herbal teas and bath herbs to support wellness through every season of life.

After Pain-ease tea

After pains tend to increase after second and subsequent babies. On one hand they're a good thing - it means your uterus is involuting to protect you from excessive bleeding ... but on the other hand, as every mother knows, they suck massively and sometimes can feel worse than labour pains!

So here is a tea of comforting, anti-spasmodic and analgesic herbs to help you through the roughest afterpains, to help you get on with the joy of bonding with your new babe and relaxing into motherhood again.

The After Pain-ease tea contains:

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) - this beautiful herb has been used to reduce menstrual cramps and moderate uterine bleeding and congestion, and to treat spasmodic dysmenorrhoea.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromatica) - this warming uterine healer contains pain-relieving eugenol as well as spasmolytic action to reduce uterine pain and spasm. Warming herbs and teas are used in many cultures to warm and soothe the mother after giving birth. Cinnamon is also known to help boost strength and energy and reduce anxiety and stress. It is an ideal convalescent herb.

Crampbark (Viburnum opulus) - with muscle relaxant and anti-spasmodic actions, this herb also nourishes and soothes the nervous system with its nervine and sedative effects. Helpful for menstraul and post-natal uterine cramps.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) - this anti-inflammatory herb is well -known for its anti-allergic effects to treat hayfever - but it is also an effective emmenagogue, which induces relaxation in uterine tissues. With analgesic and relaxant properties, it is a uterine bitter that helps reduce uterine tension, spasm and pain.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) - this warming herb has been used to treat the pain of spasmodic dymenorrhoea and endometriosis. Ginger relaxes spasm and relieves pain and is very healing for all female organs. It is also soothing for stressed nerves.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) - with relaxant, spasmolytic and mild sedative actions, this is another herb that acts on the uterus and the nervous system simultaneously - just what you need post-birth! Lemon Balm has been used traditionally to help with the birth of the placenta, which points to its usefulness in modulating uterine action.

Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) - this is the ultimate woman's herb, with big love for the uterus, used through the ages to support women through the stages of life from menarche to menopause. It is a uterine astringent, making it useful for strengthening and toning the uterus and moderating excessive bleeding. It is known to "relax and soothe" the uterus and has also been used to treat dysmenorrhoea.

Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) - with anti-spasmodic and hormone-modulating actions, this herb has a special affinity for female reproductive organs. It is helpful for menstrual spasm and ovarian pain, and for reducing the intensity of post natal after pains.

The ginger and cinnamon in this blend makes it a delicious and warming tea to sip on post-natally.

How to Use:
Use a glass or ceramic pot or jug, and avoid metal implements when making herbal teas. Place about a teaspoon (3-4g) of herbs in your pot or jug, pour on hot water, cover, and allow to steep for about 10 minutes. You can drink the tea hot, warm or cool. You could also add a twist of lemon or lime, or a natural sweetener such as aguave or raw honey, if desired. Store your herbs out of direct sunlight to preserve potency, colour and flavour.

Prices:

10g in 2 individual tea bags = 2.00
15g in 4 individual tea bags = 3.50
25g loose leaf = 5.00
50g = 8.50
60g = 10.00
75g = 13.00
100g = 16.00


50g packet and 10g packet in two individual tea bags
To order:

Email blissfulherbs@bigpond.com and provide a postal address with your order.


Disclaimer: This information is of a general informational nature and does not constitute medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Any health condition should be referred to your chosen health care practitioner. Check with your health care practitioner before commencing to use any herbal tea, and be aware of any personal and family allergies.

1 comment:

treebytheriver said...

"Hi Julie, just wanted to let you know the amazing success I've been having with your After Pain-ease Tincture. After my second baby I was in tears with the after pains, something which I was fearful would be repeated this time after my third. But I've had nothing more than a fleeting pain, maybe half a dozen times in 4 days! So I'd like to order 2 more bottles, one for me and one for a friend." So nice to hear! This was a bespoke tincture I made up, containing Crampbark, Wild Yam, Fennel, Hops, Corydalis and Ginger.