Whether you are preparing for pregnancy or just want to be healthier, herbs can cleanse your uterus while also removing excess hormones and toxins in the liver. Two herbs with particularly supportive qualities are red raspberry leaves and nettle leaves.
Red Raspberry Leaves
The Birthing Naturally website says red raspberry leaves contain the strengthening power of fragrine, which is an alkaloid that helps give tone to the muscles of the pelvic region and the uterus. Numerous vitamins are found in this plant, including vitamin E, calcium, iron, vitamins A and B complex and a rich supply of vitamin C. Minerals such as phosphorus and potassium are also found in red raspberry leaves. Red raspberry leaves are available in supplement form, but brewing the leaves as a tea yields the best benefits. The plant is believed to prevent miscarriage but should be used only in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
Nettle leaves, also known as Urtica dioca, contain a large amount of chlorophyll, as well as vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur. It can be brewed as a tea and is available in capsule form. Nettle leaves are believed to increase fertility while ridding the kidneys and uterus of toxins.
The Natural Medicines Database lists the herb as likely unsafe for consumption during pregnancy. Other sources, however, encourage the use of nettle leaves before conception and during the third trimester. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you take any nettle leaves.
If you are already pregnant, check with your physician before starting any herbal remedy or treatment. You may be able to find nettle or raspberry leaves at a health-food store. If the store doesn’t carry the herbs, ask the store to order it for you.
References and ResourcesJane Palmer on Pregnancy: Raspberry Leaf
ResourcesHerb Lore: Pregnancy Tea and Pregnancy Tea Plus
Home Remedies: Treatment for Shrinking Uterus Fibroids