BUTTERBUR (Petasites Hybridus)
SAFETY: Only purchase high-quality free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
In pregnancy is unknown
CHAMOMILE FLOWERS (Matricaria Recutita)
Roman (Chamaemelum Nobile)
German (Matricaria Recutita) – each have different chemical compositions.
Tasty chamomile tea:
SAFETY: German chamomile is considered safe to use while pregnant or breast-feeding. (ROMAN is NOT SAFE to use WHILE PREGNANT). When used as eyewash it might induce allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic reactions, although rare, have occurred with both internal and topical use.
DONG QUAI ROOT (Angelica Sinensis)
SAFETY: SHOULD NOT be used in pregnancy or while breast-feeding, women with heavy menstrual periods, women with breast cancer.
GINGER RHIZOME (Zingiber Officinale)
SAFETY: DO NOT exceed doses of 1,000 to 1500 milligrams of dried ginger a day during pregnancy. Doses greater than 3 grams of dried ginger a day may interact with blood-thinning/anticoagulant medications and may cause digestive upset and heartburn.
LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Safety: pregnancy or with liver disease kidney disease, high blood pressure, limit long term use of no more than 100 milligrams of glycyrrhizin a day (DGL) does not have these safety concerns.
OREGON GRAPE ROOT BARK (Mahonia aquifolium)
Safety: not recommended for internal use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Receipt for vaginal yeast infection: Two teaspoons of the root bark are simmered in three cups of water for 20 minutes, strained, and allowed to cool. Once a day for five days / prepare fresh daily.
PEPPERMINT LEAVES (Mentha x piperita)
Safety: Do not use if you have GERD, can worsen heartburn. NEVER apply peppermint or mentholated oil to the face of an infant or child under the age of 5, may cause spasms that inhibit breathing.
SAGE LEAVES (Salvia Officinalis)
Salvia from the word salvere “to Save”
Green Sage – edible
Purple mountain Sage
Safety: the essential oil is high in thujones, which can be toxic if taken in sufficient quantity
St. John’s Wort Herb (Hypericum perforatum)
Safety: interact with many medications. Internally
THYME HERB (Thymus vulgaris)
Safety: ok to use as seasoning during pregnancy. Should not use medicinal doses while pregnancy
VALERIAN ROOT (Valeriana officinalis)
Safety: do to the sedative effects, shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery or take with other sedatives.
Infusions are also recommended for roots like valerian and osha that are high in volatile or aromatic oils, which can be destroyed by prolonged heat.
Some herbs, however, are rather unpleasant tasting, recommended for capsules, tinctures, honeys or glycerites.