Motherwort is great for stress and anxiety, especially if it is related to hormonal shifts and cycles. It is excellent support for PMS and would be great for births where a laboring mom’s hormones are shifting like crazy. These dramatic hormonal shifts can affect those around the woman. Keeping yourself calm and your own cortisol levels down is quite a task! Motherwort may be just what you need.
I love recommending hibiscus to birth workers, especially those who work in hospitals. Afterall, the most virulent, hard to kill germs and viruses live in hospitals. Bring on the vitamin C! And if it’s delivered in a delicious tea after hours of a labor and birth? All the better.
I often use Rose Petals for my clients, whether they are birth workers or not. Roses are good for the heart, and excellent to support the nervous system and for grief and depression. In this world, and with birth the way it is, who couldn’t use a little Rose Petal?
Self-care is crucially important for all people, but I feel birth workers are more susceptible to putting their own needs on the backburner while we take care of others. But you have to take care of yourself first to ensure you’re doing the best work you can possibly do under all that stress.
The news is chock full of buzz and commentary about the recent reports on supplements sold by large chain stores. The report states there were little to none of many of the herbs and ingredients which were listed on the products. Here is what I have to say about it all.
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Impending heat waves have inspired me to share some herbs and recipes for cooling herbal iced teas! My favorite is Hibiscus, available in bulk at jeansgreens.com, or the George Street Food Coop in New Brunswick, NJ.