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I thought I’d put together a list of herbs and whether they can be used when ttc or pg.  Many herbs are pretty potent so should be used with caution and a good idea is to speak with a qualified herbalist or homeopath as they will be best placed to advise you on exactly what herbs to take, specific to your requirements.  Places like Neals Yard and Culpeppers often have very knowledgable staff as well.
Most clinics will advise against taking any herbal remedies when taking any prescribed fertility drugs so please do check with your clinic/consultant.

If you're interested in herbal medicines then an "easy to read" book is "Herbs for a Healthy Pregnancy - from conception to childbirth" by Penelope Ody.

Obviously I'm not a qualified herbalist and this is just information I've taken from several herbal books.


If anyone has any information on specific herbs not listed and would like the details added to the list then please send a PM (personal message) to either me (Minxy) or M J and we'll update the list....Thanks ^reiki^


Some herbs to avoid are:
Aloe Vera (specifically the juice as leaves are strong purgative)
Crocus (can effect cell division/foetal abnormalities)
Basil Oil (uterine stimulant)
Black & Blue Cohosh (uterine stimulant)
Broom (uterine contractions)
Clove Oil (uterine stimulant)
Comfrey (toxins that cross plancenta)
Dong Quai (uterine stimulant)
Feverfew (uterine stimulant)
Golden Seal (uterine stimulant)
Juniper & Juniper Oil (uterine stimulant)
Mistletoe (uterine stimulant & toxins that cross placenta)
Pseudoginseng (may cause foetal abnormalities)
Shepherds Purse (uterine stimulant)
Tansy (uterine stimulant & may cause foetal abnormalities)
Wild Yam (uterine stimulant)

other to be cautious of & used in moderation:
Angelica
Anise & aniseed oil
Bitter orange
Caraway
Chamomile Oil
Chilli
Cinnamon
Evening Primrose - avoid from ovulation onwards, may cause uterine contractions
Fennel
Fenugreek
Garlic
Jasmine Oil
Lavendar
Licorice
Majoram
Nutmeg
Oregano
Parsley
Peppermint Oil
Raspberry Leaf
Rosemary
Safron
Sage
Starflower (also known as Borage) - avoid from ovulation onwards, may cause uterine contractions
Thyme Oil




ARNICA FLOWERS
External use only.  Do not use on broken skin or during pregnancy. 

ASHWANGANDA ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy. 

BARBERRY BARK
Not for use during pregnancy.

BAYBERRY BARK
Not for use during pregnancy. 

BLACK COHOSH ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy or nursing. 

BLADDERWRACK
Not for use during pregnancy or nursing. 

BLESSED THISTLE
Not for use during pregnancy.

BLOODROOT
Not for use during pregnancy. 

BLUE COHOSH ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy.

BORAGE LEAF
Recommended for external use only.  Not for use during pregnancy or nursing. 

BROOM FLOWERS
Not for use during pregnancy. 

BUCKTHORN BARK
Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.

CALENDULA FLOWER
Not for use during pregnancy.

CASCARA SAGRADA
Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.

CATNIP LEAF
Not for use during pregnancy.

CHASTE TREE BERRIES
Not for use during pregnancy. 

COLTSFOOT
Do not use during pregnancy or while nursing. 

COMFREY LEAF & ROOT
External use only.  Do not use during pregnancy or while nursing. 

DEVIL’S CLAW ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy.

DONG QUAI ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy.

ELECAMPANE ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy or nursing. 

FALSE UNICORN
Not for use during pregnancy.

FEVERFEW
Not for use during pregnancy.

GINGER ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy. 

GOLDENSEAL HERB
Not for use during pregnancy.

GOLDENSEAL ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy.

HOREHOUND HERB
Not for use during pregnancy.

LICORICE ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy or nursing. 

LOBELIA HERB
Not for use during pregnancy. 

LOMATIUM ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy.

LOVAGE ROOT
Not for use during pregnancy.

LYDI BERRY
Not for use during pregnancy.

MADENHAIR FERN
Not for use during pregnancy.

MOTHERWORT
Not to be used during pregnancy.

MUGWORT
Not to be used during pregnancy.

OREGON GRAPE ROOT
Not to be used during pregnancy.

OSHA ROOT
Not to be used during pregnancy.

PARSLEY ROOT
Not to be used during pregnancy.

PENNYROYAL, EUROPEAN HERB
Not to be used during pregnancy.

PLEURISY ROOT
Not to be used during pregnancy. 

PRICKLEY ASH
Not to be used during pregnancy.

QUEEN OF THE MEADOW ROOT
Not to be used during pregnancy or nursing. 

RED CLOVER BLOSSOMS
Not to be used during pregnancy.

RHUBARB ROOT
Consult health professional of you are pregnant or nursing.

ROSEMARY LEAF
Not to be used during pregnancy.

SAFFLOWER PETALS
Not for use during pregnancy.

SENNA LEAF PODS
If you are pregnant or nursing, consult health professional before use. 

SHEPHERD’S PURSE HERB
Not for use during pregnancy.

UVA URSI LEAF (CUT)
Not for use during pregnancy.

UVA URSI (WHOLE)
Not for use during pregnancy.

VERVAIN HERB, BLUE
Not for use during pregnancy. 

WORMWOOD HERB
Not for use during pregnancy or for long-term use. 

YARROW FLOWERS
Not for use during pregnancy or nursing.

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    Re: Safe and unsafe herbs for when ttc or pg....
    « Reply #1 on: 4/02/08, 19:55 »
    Some more info re herbs/spices....some may be repeated from previous list but this is an up to date list...

    Safety Precautions related to Pregnancy

    The following herbs are listed in a class of herbs not to be used during pregnancy unless directed by a qualified herbalist.

    Aloe
    Angelica
    Aniseed*
    Ashwaganda
    Barberry bark
    Basil*
    Bearbery leaves
    Black cohosh
    Blue flag
    Borage (also known as Starflower)
    Broom
    Buchu leaves
    Buckthorn
    Bugleweed
    Calamus root
    California poppy
    Cascara sagrada
    Catmint
    Celery seed
    Chaste tree
    Cinnamon*
    Coltsfoot
    Comfrey
    Dang gui / Dong quai
    Elecampane
    False unicorn root
    Fenugreek*
    Feverfew
    Ginseng
    Golden seal
    Gravel root
    Holy thistle
    Hyssop
    Juniper berries
    Kava kava
    Kola nut
    Lemon grass*
    Liquorice root
    Lovage*
    Marjoram
    Motherwort
    Mugwort
    Myrrh
    Parsley*
    Pasque flower / Pulsatilla
    Pennyroyal
    Prickly ash
    Rhubarb root
    Rue
    Sage
    Senna
    Shepherds purse
    Southernwood
    Tansy
    Thuja
    Vervain
    White horehound
    Wild indigo
    Wormwood
    Yarrow

    *food doses of these spices is fine but avoid larger "therapeutic" doses


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    « Reply #2 on: 24/08/11, 15:31 »
    hey ladies.

    have any of you tried any herbal remedies to reduce hot flushes?  I have tried HRT, but no luck...thought I might give herbal a go?   ;)

    Thanks.
    xxx