In this post I'm going to break down every herb in the nutrient-dense blend. Why I chose it, the benefits of each herb, and how they are supportive at certain stages of life. This blend was created for children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. This blend is also great for women at any stage of life, especially those that deal with any type of reproductive system disturbance. Though I created this blend specifically for women, the herbs included are not just for one gender. That's not really how herbs work! Each herb in this blend is extremely nutrient dense and can be used for anyone, regardless of gender, if they feel they could use an extra boost to fill nutritional gaps they're not getting in their diet.
The lead herb in this blend is nettle. Nettle is a super nutrient-dense herb, supportive for nearly every system in the body. It's filled with tons of vitamins A, C, K and several B vitamins as well. It is very mineral-dense and also contains all of the essential amino acids. These nutrients act as antioxidants inside the body, which defend cells against damage and free radicals. Nettle reduces inflammation, helps to regulate blood pressure, aids in blood sugar control, is a natural diuretic, and helps with postpartum hair growth. The rest of the herbs in this blend are supportive herbs, and each one has its own set of benefits.
Oat Straw is also extremely nutrient dense, nourishing your pancreas, liver, and adrenals, as well as your teeth, which is very important during pregnancy and nursing. Oat Straw is also a powerful nervous system supporting herb that also improves brain function for momma and babe, as well as relieving the mother of any mental disturbances such as anxiety or depression.
Red raspberry leaf is one of the best herbs for women. It's very nutrient dense, helps to regulate hormones, tones and strengthens the muscles in the pelvic area, and helps prepare the body for birth. It's also great for menstruating women because it can help to relieve some of the premenstrual symptoms such as cramping, mood swings, or nausea.
You'll see dandelion root in every one of my blends because it is so powerful and supportive for multiple systems in the body, especially the exit pathways. It's important to keep these detoxification pathways open, especially during pregnancy and nursing, so that you can pass these supportive medicines on to your babe. Dandelion is supportive of the colon, kidneys, skin, and liver. It's one of my favorite herbs.
Marshmallow root is also a super nutrient-dense and supportive herb. I added it to this blend specifically for acid reflux related symptoms during pregnancy and for the lung support it offers. It also helps to keep the digestive tract supported by creating a protective lining inside the GI, fighting against constipation that is very common during pregnancy and for smaller children. It's great for colic too! Marshmallow is also a prebiotic, which means food for probiotics, aiding in the quality of the gut flora, which is important for everyone at any stage of life.
Lemon balm is another favorite that you'll see in most of my blends because it's not only great tasting but offers so many benefits for the entire body and is also really safe and gentle. It has been known to promote restful sleep, improve overall appetite for those little ones that don't like to eat or pregnant women struggling with nausea, ease the pain of indigestion from gas, bloating or colic, and is a very calming herb that helps reduce anxiety and stress. Lemon balm also has some antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties that help keep us healthy in these stages of life where our immune systems are compromised.
Alfalfa was added to this blend for the glandular support it provides. Alfalfa is one of the best herbs for the endocrine system and an absolute favorite of mine because of the personal success I've had with it. My nails and hair have been so strong and healthy since I started adding alfalfa into my life consistently. It's incredibly packed full of nutrients and is one of the main herbs used to tone and build muscle. It's also super supportive for the liver, replenishing the stores of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin K, which is known to be something people try to push on babies after birth. Liver support is really critical during pregnancy to protect babes from jaundice.
Slippery elm is another favorite for GI support. It coats and soothes the whole digestive tract starting from the mouth, throat, stomach, all the way through the intestines. This herb will help a lot with acid reflux in the later stages of pregnancy and also with any type of over acidity inside the body. The mucilage slippery elm creates in the body helps to improve bowel regularity and its also a prebiotic food for probiotics. This is also a great herb for supporting the urinary tract which has been extremely helpful for me!
Last but not least, ginger! Ginger is a powerhouse for the digestive system but also aids in fighting against nausea which is a really common symptom in the first trimester of pregnancy. When the first trimester is over, this herb will also help promote circulation which is a common thing women struggle with during pregnancy once they start gaining more weight.
That is the Nutrient Dense blend! I hope you give it a try and it helps you to support whatever stage of life you're using it for. Its excellent for reproductive health, supportive to all of the detoxification pathways, and extremely dense with all types of essential vitamins and minerals.
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