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How To Make A Herbal Tea

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Natural Medicine

HOW TO MAKE A HERBAL TEA

  • Get fresh clean herbs from good places!
  • Mix herbs thoroughly together in bowl, store in sealed container in a dark place.
  • Use 1tsp of mixture to 1 cup boiling water.
  • COVER! Lets stand for 45 mins to 3hrs
  • Strain, can be stored for up to 3 days!
  • Drink 1/3 cup to 1 cup 3x a day

ALTERNATIVE METHOD

A good quick mobile method!

  • Place herbs in a thermos, pour over boiling water
  • Seal thermos & let sit for 45 mins to 2 hours
  • Drink 1/3 cup to 1 cup 3 x a day

Lara’s Placenta Recipe

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Placenta Recipes

My favourite method of preparing a placenta

Ingredients

  • 1 placenta (membrane & cord removed)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh chilli chopped (optional)
  • Serve with

  • Green salad, beansprouts, spinach, avocado

NB. Eat raw salad before to help your body absorb the nutrients better!)

Method

Fry onion, garlic & chilli till brown in olive oil
Remove from pan (oil now flavoured) Heat pan hotter>br/> Flash fry placenta for 1 minute each side (leaving raw hormone in the middle)
Turn down heat
Add onions, garlic, chilli
Stir & season, eat ASAP!

EAT YOUR PLACENTA! It’s good for you!

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Nutrition

Why you should definitely eat your placenta

Basically it’s the thing that your body has made from itself and the food that you have eaten to provide for your baby while it is inside you!

Once your baby is born your whole perspective changes!

NOW the placenta is the natural way to increase the iron & nutrient levels in your body which were depleted by making your baby! It is also the natural way to ensure that you do not suffer unduly with post natal depression!

Ick factor

“Throw it away! It’s disgusting!”

(Don’t be so soft!)

Misguided mush factor

“Let’s bury it under a tree!”

…..

Lara’s rule of thumb:

Bury the membrane & the cord, eat the squishy bits!

It is the best meal a post birthing woman can eat within the first 36 hours of birth! It’s also the only vegan-friendly flesh! No death occurred in its making!

Remember dads could and the extended family could eat some too!

Real-life responses

“I felt rocket powered!” LARA
“Tastes good! Not as bad as I expected!” ISOBEL
“After a beautiful natural birth, seemed like the natural thing to do!” PHIL
“The delicious, nutritious snack you can eat between babies without ruining your appetite!” GEOFF

As part of my doula service I offer to cook your placenta for you in a variety of ways and I’m always open to new ideas!

I can also create medicine for you from your placenta. I can dry and encapsulate it for you, and also create mother essence and homeopathic remedies.

Labour – The Giving of Birth (A Naughty Fairy’s Perspective)

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Birthing Stories

Yup! It’s not a walk in the park! It’s not Armageddon either! The most natural thing for your body to do! What you were made for! So how do you do it? How do you fall off a cliff? Relax, let it happen, hope for the best! Sometimes there is a mucousy discharge 1-3 days before (a show!) sometimes not!

The bag around the baby (waters) sometimes breaks (oops! I’ve wee’d meeself!) first, before contractions (like big period pains) start, sometimes they break later!! Or you break them yourself (bag can be broken with clean fingers if the cervix is opened 8cm or more!)

The contractions, rushes, pains, start off like period pains, pretty irregular not too strong pretty long periods in between. You notice them around the base of your belly & your back. If you’ve got a high pain threshold you’ll be able to sit about, drink helpful herb teas (Agnus Castus, Sage etc.) make sure everything is ready, comfy warm! Practice working with the rushes & your breath so it starts to widen your cervix (visualise opening flowers, golden pulsating donuts! etc. use your imagination!)

When the cervix gets to half way (5cm), the contractions, rushes become closer together, about every 3 -5 minutes, & longer! You can feel your muscles around your baby hardening as the rushes arrive, peak & dissolve! Massage, warm baths, walking around, deep breathing, Blue Cohash teas or tinctures, dancing, fire swinging, chocs wiv a drop of lavender in them, lovely music, all help you work with the rhythm of your body to widen your cervix & move the baby into position between your bum bone & pelvis. Lovely!

O.K. this is the home straight! feel like you need a big poo? Brain convincing you that you can’t do this? Feel the need to have all the drugs right now? Guess what? The babe is nearly here you’ve done all the pre- moves! Now all you have to do is push your baby out!! YES YOU CAN!! The pains come in waves, act like a surfer when the rushes come, see it feel it ride with it! Push as hard as you can, then relax into the hot fluffy respite! It may only be 10 seconds but appreciate it!

Get into your most comfy position, squatting , kneeling, hanging round your partners neck, hanging from a rope ( connection to fathers genitals optional!) leaning on a tree, there are many ways , but make sure you let gravity help you these last few steps!

You’ll feel like your baby’s coming out of your bum but really its only passing by, stroking downwards on your back could be helpful to remind you where the babe is going! Push again & then as you push feel Chinese burns on your bits like nothing on earth, beautiful and terrible instantaneously ( the baby’s head has reached the exit hole) now a time for breathing & resting, possibly warm flannels on your fanny, clitoris to bum will ease the whole story!

Possibly a few pushes where you feel that he’s going back in! Believe that each rush your baby is 1cm closer to being born & it will be so!! Then a big push, like all of you is focussed on one huge push to poo out your own bottom hole (I know! Gross eh?!) Then relax! The baby’s out, (all babies look a bit purple or blue when they first get out cos it takes a while for the red blood to start circulating round!! Lots of rubbing & cuddles will soon have her looking pink & gorgeous! ) put it on your skin, feel warm & together with your baby, maybe baby’ll feed maybe not! Smell that smell! Meet those eyes! Feel like a super hero ‘cos you are! Then about 10 mins later, another contraction, push! Concentrating, then out comes the placenta, joined to the baby by the umbilical cord. When the cord stops pulsing with blood, clamp it twice & cut in between the two clamps! That’s it! Baby & mother all fit & healthy! Nice one!

That’s it! All above time limits vary to fit women, as all are different! Naturally birthing your baby is good strong & clever! It is the action that enables you to trust you mother instinct over your logical brain recreating you as a mother!

Be brave & strong, confidant & hard working & all will be well! Lots of love & luck!

LARAxxxxxxx

Iron tea

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Herbal Remedies - Second Trimester, Mineral Supplements

Up your Iron intake naturally

This is an alternative to iron supplements. Drink daily for iron maintenance. Eat extra lemons & spinach (for vitamin c & folic acid) for persistent anaemia.

Ingredients

  • ¼ tsp yellow dock root
  • ¼ tsp Nettles
  • ¼ tsp Raspberry leaves
  • ¼ tsp Comfrey leaf

Method

Add one cup of boiling water and steep for 45 minutes

Dose

Drink one cup daily

Herbal tea for an easy birth

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Herbal Remedies - Labour

Raspberry leaf, Rosehip, Elderberry, Hawthorn, Feverfew, Dill tea

This remedy will help tone your body for childbirth, toning your uterus & balancing your hormones. Tastes good! ( NB. Test raspberry leaves by 1 tsp to one cup boiling water, cover stand for 45 min drink, then feel the reaction in your belly , does it contract, like a period pain? Then u don’t need it! You only need it for the last 4 weeks!

  • 2 tbsp Raspberry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Rosehips
  • 1 tbsp Elderberries/ leaves
  • 1 tbsp Hawthorn Hips / flowers/ leaves
  • ½ tbsp Feverfew
  • 1 tsp Dill seed
  • ¼ tsp Cloves

METHOD

Grind up all ingredients to a powder
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 tbsp of mixture
Cover tightly & allow to steep for 4 hours
Take 1tsp in food or drink 2x a day throughout pregnancy
Can be used as helpful labor brew

Ginger Tea for Morning Sickness

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Herbal Remedies - First Trimester

Ginger tea made from fresh ginger root is a wonderful remedy for pregnancy especially during your first three months as it can help stave off morning sickness.

To make one cup of ginger tea, put about three teaspoons of grated ginger root for each cup of boiling water to a teapot, and steep for ten minutes. You can add lemon or honey to taste. Ginger tea can be cooled and kept in the refridgerator, it’s delicious cold too!

Disclaimer

Information on this website is not intended to provide diagnosis or prescriptions. It is an informational guide to help you better understand your body, your health, and some of the natural medicines available to you. Keep in mind that while plants are not drugs they can be very powerful, and their effects cannot be guaranteed as they vary from woman to woman.

The remedies, recipes and advice on this website are based on the personal experiences of the authors, however they cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the use of these treatments. If in doubt please do not hesitate to consult an herbal practitioner, midwife, naturopath, physician or gynaecologist.

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