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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.

VV-ease herbal tea and compress herbs

About your VV-ease herbal tea

These nutritious herbs are rich in anti-oxidants including bioflavonoids such as Rutin, which reduces swelling and inflammation and improves the integrity of vein walls and strengthens blood vessels. This tea is safe to drink during pregnancy.

How to use:

Use 1 tbsp, about 5g, of loose herbs per cup of tea. 

Add boiling water, cover, and steep for at least 10 minutes. 

Then pour through a strainer into your cup. 

Lemon and honey may be added for taste. 

Drink 2-4 cups a day as desired. The tea may be enjoyed hot or iced.

Your VV-ease herbal tea contains:

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)  – with astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-oedema effects due to the anthocyanoside tannins, Bilberry can relieve discomfort and reduce swelling.

Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) - promotes circulatory health; helps tighten blood vessels and capillaries, strengthens blood vessels.

Elderflower – rich in Vitamin C, thought to strengthen capillaries.

Hawthorn berries – also rich in Vitamin C, and Rutin, with astringent and anti-inflammatory action.

Horse Chestnut – rich in tannins & saponins which are anti-inflammatory, tones the blood vessels, improves micro-vascular circulation & reduces swelling.

Oatstraw – also an excellent nervine tonic, rich in B Vitamins, strengthens the vascular system.

Nettle – rich in iron, magnesium, silica and many vitamins including C & E; strengthens capillaries and improves vein elasticity.

Red Raspberry Leaf – with astringent & anti-oxidant properties, this nutrient-rich herb is good for the circulatory system as well as a tonic for the reproductive system.

The VV-ease compress herbs contain: 
Horse Chestnut
Rose petals
Shepherd's Purse

How to use the compress herbs: 

Take about 25g - a good handful - of the herbs and place into a large jug, like a Pyrex jug. 

Pour on about 25o ml of hot water from the kettle. 

Cover and steep for about 10 minutes. 

Then strain through a normal tea strainer.

The herbal liquid can be added to your bath or sitz bath.

Or place soft muslin cloths in the herbal liquid, fold, and apply to the area needing relief. Repeat as desired. For cold compresses, cool the herbal liquid before making up your compresses.


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.

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