After A Cesarean - Herbal Healing for Mother and
Child, The Wise Woman Way
an article by Susun S. Weed
Tonic, and Anti-infective Herbs
Use of Herbs After a Cesarean :
Water-based infusions provide optimum benefit and
• Capsules are most likely to cause ill-effects and
• Avoid poisonous forms of herbs such as essential
• Use tinctures diluted to treat acute problems
• Herbs move rapidly into breast milk (10-20 minutes)
Nourishing Herbs for Mother and Child After a Cesarean :
Nourishing herbal infusions :
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
• Oatstraw (Avena sativa)
• Comfrey leaf (Symphytum uplandica)
• Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
• Linden flowers (Tillia americana)
Benefits of nourishing herbal infusions after a cesarean :
Nettle increases breast milk and helps replace blood
• Oatstraw improves sleep and strengthens the nervous
• Comfrey leaf helps incisions heal and helps prevent
• Red clover improves breast milk production and brings
• Linden soothes and heals mucus surfaces and incisions;
Herbs for Mother and Child After a Cesarean :
Raspberry leaf (Rubus ideaus) to tonify uterus.
• Aromatic mints - rosemary, lavender, and lemon balm
- for digestion.
• Avoid sage (Salvia officinalis) if breastfeeding.
Astragalus (A. membranaceous) strengthens immunity,
• Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) to ease after-birth
pain and prevent post-partum depression.
That Can Counter Infection After a Cesarean :
Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia) to increase macrophages;
• Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) against all gram-positive
and -negative bacteria.
• Usnea (U. barbarata) to counter deep infection.
• Poke root (Phytolacca americana) - USE WITH CAUTION.
Empowered Woman Promotes Her Own Health
to Being Pro-Active in Healing After a Cesarean :
Quicker healing for mom.
• Less scarring of the incision site.
• Better bonding between mom and babe.
• Deeper sleep for mom and babe.
• Fewer problems with infection at incision site and
fewer infections for baby.
It Home :
Making nourishing infusions:
One ounce stinging nettle, quart of boiling water;
steep 4 hours - for energy.
• One ounce oatstraw, quart of boiling water; steep
4 hours - for patience.
• One ounce comfrey leaf, quart of boiling water,
steep 4 hours, strain; rebrew with two cups cold water,
bring to a boil; steep 4 hours, strain - to improve
chances of a VBAC with next child.
• One ounce red clover blossom, quart of boiling water,
steep 4 hours, strain - to prepare for the next pregnancy.
• One-half ounce linden flowers, quart of boiling
water, steep 4 hours, strain; rebrew with two cups
cold water, bring to a boil; steep 4 hours, strain.
Additions to infusions:
Honey (Note: do not give honey to infants younger
than 12 months)
• The Israeli Public Health Ministry recommends against
soy beverage for children under the age of eighteen
(18); it's not good for mom either.
• Juice (Note: problems with fructose)
Sources for buying herbs and tinctures:
Listed in my books and website.
• Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Ash
Tree Publishing, Susun Weed
PO Box 64
Woodstock, NY 12498
Visit Susun Weed at: www.susunweed.com and www.ashtreepublishing.com
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Susun S. Weed is the author of four highly-acclaimed
books on herbs and women's health: Wise Woman Herbal
for the Childbearing Year, Healing Wise, New Menopausal
Years the Wise Woman Way and Breast Cancer? Breast
Health! the Wise Woman Way. Ms. Weed lectures world-wide
on women's health and herbal medicine. From her
home in New York State's Catskill Mountains, she
directs the activities of the Wise Woman Center,
acts as editor-in-chief of Ash Tree Publishing,
personally oversees the work of 400 correspondence
students, and trains herbal and shamanic apprentices.
Susun has lived the simple life for nearly 40 years
as an herbalist, goatkeeper, homesteader, and feminist.
She has been called "a true radical - deeply rooted,"
"a modern pioneer," and "one of the founding mothers
of herbal medicine in the United States†.