I love the ritual of making herbal tea…I love using my favourite teapot and cup, the teas too are fragrant and a perfect source of easily absorbable vitamins and minerals. Of course if you know me, you have probably tried one of my herbal medicine tonics and no, they do not taste amazing, unlike my favourite fertility tea. So what type of tea is best?
LOOSE LEAF TEA OR TEA BAGS?
I prefer to use the whole leaf/root or flower rather than teabags when making my teas, this way you avoid, the bleach used in the bags, glues and staples. Of course it is always essential to choose organic teas. When using the whole flower, or larger parts of the plant as we do in loose leaf teas, you are able to absorb more of the essential oils, vitamins and minerals as they haven’t been chopped up so finely that they have oxidised.
ARE TEAS SAFE AND CAN THEY HELP WITH YOUR FERTILITY?
Herbal teas don’t give you hormones but rather they provide the body with the building blocks i.e. the minerals and phytochemicals to support the body to manufacture its own tissues and hormones.
The herbs that I have blended together to make the delicious Fertility Tea, have been used for thousands of years helping women conceive; balancing their hormones and supporting the reproductive system. This blend of herbs is safe to use and recommended for any woman, including those struggling with; PCOS, PMT, endometriosis, hormonal imbalances, fertility and digestive issues. It is delicious drunk hot or cold.
The herbs used are all organic and include:
Red Clover: This is the single most useful herb for establishing fertility. Its high vitamin content is especially useful for the uterus; its high protein content aids the entire body. It’s very absorbable calcium and magnesium relax the nervous system and promote fertility. Red clover is also known to alkalise the body and may balance the acid/alkali level of the vagina and uterus in favour of conception.
Raspberry Leaf: When combined with Red Clover this herb is an excellent fertility herb. It is known to tone the uterus and prevent miscarriage. This herb contains fragrine, which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus. It also has a rich concentration of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B, phosphorus and potassium and the easily assimilated calcium and iron.
Licorice: Has been used for thousands of years in eastern medicine to promote ovulation. It also supports the adrenals, helping the body cope with stress, whilst it is soothing on the body’s mucous membranes and a beautiful bowel cleanser.
Nettle: Is said to contain more chlorophyll than any other herb and contains lots of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and sulphur. It is known to increase fertility and supports both mother and fetus once pregnancy occurs.
Peppermint: This herb is stimulating and gets you moving, it is an effective anti-nauseant and helps to balance the acid levels in the stomach therefore allowing better absorption in the gut. Mints are also recommended to improve sexual desire.
Chaste Tree Berry: This bountiful berry works on the body’s master gland, the pituitary, to help the body achieve a perfect balance of hormones to regulate the menstrual cycle. It is especially helpful to regulate the menstrual cycle after coming off the oral contraceptive pill. In studies it has been shown to support the body’s natural progesterone and luteinising hormone production. In other countries it is used (even by doctors) to help reduce endometriosis. It is often prescribed by herbalists to help ease PMS, menstrual difficulties and infertility.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF HERBAL TEA
Place one heaped teaspoon per person into the plunger or tea pot and then one extra teaspoon ‘for the pot’. Pour over filtered boiled water and allow it to infuse and steep for 3 – 5 minutes (even up to 10 minutes if you are like me and like your tea super strong). Note, it is best to make your tea in a covered vessel to keep in the benefits of the essential oils. Then plunge and serve.
I will often then refill this teapot or plunger and stick it in the fridge for a deliciously refreshing iced tea.
Herbal teas are a delicious and nurturing way of improving your fertility. Our bodies are based on water and so are plants, making a herbal tea the perfect way to extract and make accessible the full range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients form your herbal preparation. Why not try reducing that caffeine containing drink which doesn’t help your fertility at all and enjoy a nice cup of tea instead.