Herbs and Remedies for Midwifery

Sister, you have come here to learn the ancient art of midwifery. Have a word with Amy n'ha Constanza. She's our most experienced midwife here at Dalereuth and she will teach you all she knows. This is her collection of natural and historical herbs.

WARNING! The following information is presented for historical and entertainment value only and the author disclaims any responsibility for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the preparations listed herein. While herbs are very useful plants and many medications are derived from them, they can also cause potentially harmful or fatal side effects. Please consult a naturopathic physician or herbalist before using ANY herbal preparations!

Angelica root : tea treats indigestion, gastritis, and aids digestion. Can be used to initiate delayed menses and aids in expulsion of the placenta

Black cohosh : increases estrogen production

Blue cohosh : stimulates uterine contractions and respiration, raises blood pressure: do not administer if patient has a history of high blood pressure

Calendula : ointment made from the flowers is used to treat bruises, cuts, burns and rashes. This is an excellent treatment for diaper rash : but make sure you’re using cotton diapers and changing them frequently : easier to prevent the problem than cure it.

Chamomile : mild sedative, excellent for small children.

Cottonroot : bark, when air-dried, is used to stimulate strong uterine contractions: the properties are similar to those of ergot, but less reliable

Echinacea : fantastic antiseptic, strengthens the immune system. Should not be used for longer than six weeks at a time

False unicorn root : stimulates uterine muscles; recommended for alleviating menopausal irritations

Goldenseal : used to reduce uterine bleeding and to promote contractions; less effective than ergot, toxic in large doses, has a cumulative effect on the nervous system.. Has a mild antiseptic effect; a goldenseal eyewash is antibiotic and can reduce inflammation

Lobella : has been recommended as a muscle relaxant during childbirth; however, overdosage leads to uncontrollable vomiting, convulsions, a drastic drop in blood pressure and respiration : in short, do NOT use it!

Motherwort : relieves cramps and pain of dysmenorrhea; brings on suppressed menses and increases menstrual flow; good as a treatment for vaginitis

Pennyroyal : The oil, taken internally, has been used for inducing abortion. The amount required to be effective is also the amount that can poison: as little as ½ teaspoonful has been known to produce convulsions and coma; 2 tablespoonfuls has proven fatal. DO NOT USE!!! The leaves are an excellent insect repellent; a tea brewed from them is often drunk to aid digestion, but peppermint is more effective and far safer.

Raspberry leaves : the tea is excellent treatment for diarrhea and dysentery. Stimulates the muscles of the uterine and pelvic areas

Sage : a tea made from the dried leaves is recommended for coughs, colds, sore throats, fevers and upset stomachs

Scullcap : sedative. Much easier on the system (and safer for children) than valerian

Shepherd’s purse : used to stop hemorrhaging after birth; decreases severe menstrual flow

Slippery elm : the bark, soaked in water, makes a gooey mucilage. Used as a tea for treating inflammations of the mucus membranes

Squaw vine : stimulates uterine contractions, used to increase menstrual flow

Thyme : essential oil contains thymol, used as an antiseptic. Tea brewed from the dried flower tops is good for bronchitis, sore throats, and persistant coughs.

Valerian root : tranquilizer. Long-term use can lead to psychological habituation, and the preparations invariably smell like dirty socks. But the time it takes to fall asleep can be halved by using it.

Wild yam root : used as a decoction to relieve labor pains; contains the starting materials for the synthesis of progesterone for contraceptive purposes