Thank you so much for your amazing site and all the information you provide! I am new to learning about herbal infusions and am fascinated and hope to learn with you in the future.
I am now pregnant, in my seventh month, and my iron stores are low. My midwife has suggested that I drink 1 quart of nettle infusion a day. I would also like to start taking raspberry leaf infusion. I read about being a simpler and I'm wondering what would be the best way to balance taking nettle and raspberry leaf? Can I infuse them together or should I infuse them separately? Can I drink both infusions in one day?
Also, I have been using 1 cup of herbs per quart of water since I don't have a scale, is that okay?
Thanks so much for your time and advice!
First, I would buy a scale, because there is no guarantee that you are getting enough herb. Once you start weighing the herb you will see why infusions are not made by a volume measurement. You need to make the infusions separately and rotate through them. For example drink nettle one day, red raspberry leaf the next, oatstraw the next day, comfrey day after, linden next.. All of these infusions are considered food and are safe for everyone from infancy to the elderly.
If you have low iron you can add a dropperful of yellow dock tincture 2-3 times a day as it will help your body to assimilate iron and is one of the best ways to increase the amount of iron in the blood.
You can also eat chicken livers. It took me a while to come around to this, but I actually started craving them when I was pregnant. I went to my butcher and got organic chicken livers and cooked them in grass fed butter. Very high in iron and easy for your body to process.
Thank you for writing in and please let me know if you have any further questions.
Wise Woman Team
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