Pregnancy and giving birth are amazing experiences but also stressful and even painful. It can be hard to stick to an organic lifestyle during this time. After you’ve had your bundle of joy it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things. Luckily there are organic options out there for when you’re recovering from giving birth. While not all of these options work for everyone, you can take ideas you feel comfortable with and give them a try. It can be comforting to return to a lifestyle based on your principles and feelings about the environment.
There are many herbal remedies for a mommy that can be used almost immediately after giving birth. The goal is to promote healing and a sense of calmness. Look for products with chamomile, lavender, sea salt and Uva Ursi. You can choose from lotions, bath mixes and soaps. Combined with rest and a focus on recovering these herbs can help speed the process along.
Postpartum Depression can be a harrowing experience. If you find yourself with a serious case of “the blues” for over three weeks you should seek medical advice. After birth, to help with your hormonal imbalances you can look to herbs such as St. John’s Wort and lemon balm. Having the proper nutrition is also crucial for fighting PPD. Make sure you get enough folic acid in your diet and avoid caffeine to keep yourself calm. If you’re having trouble falling asleep aromatherapy is a great option. Try massage oils, baths or sleeping pillows with lavender, sage and sandalwood. Also try to find time during the day to meditate and focus on your self. It can be hard with a newborn but even just a few minutes of deep breathing can be helpful.
Nursing mothers can also find help through organic options. Breast milk is the perfect food for babies because it supplies all the nutrients they need. Breastfeeding can help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster than if you formula fed. It’s also been shown that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. For mothers who are environmentally conscious breast feeding helps conserve our natural resources since you aren’t buying formula. But when breast-feeding you need to be aware of what herbal remedies you use. Aloe Vera, basil, parsley and comfrey are herbs you shouldn’t consume as herbal products. You can though use chamomile, honey and yarrow topically to help heal, just make sure to wash off before you nurse.
When looking into herbal remedies always make sure to talk to your doctor. He or she will be knowledgeable about what options you should use and what is safe for your situation. Herbs have been used for centuries as healing aids and there’s no reason an organic mom can’t use them now!