A Mother's Herbal Tea Recipe for Mastitis
VIRGINIA - When I first had my daughter, Hazel, breast feeding was very difficult and I soon realized I had to be committed to handling this new pain well if I wanted to maintain breastfeeding my new baby. In addition to all of those challenges, I got mastitis four times consecutively between both breasts.
Mastitis is an inflammation of breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection. It can occur when a blocked duct doesn’t clear, or more generally when the build up of milk in your breast causes swelling and inflammation. As well as having a tender breast, you are likely to feel achy, run-down and feverish; you may have flu-like symptoms.
Needless to say, my 6th and 7th week postpartum were a hot mess! From that point on, I had mastitis at least once a month. I became good at just “dealing with it” and managing the pain, versus trying to prevent it. My friend Shannon stepped in and helped me out one particularly hard time by suggesting to me some herbs to help. That’s when I began to start taking this tea blend preventatively.
I’ve been drinking this tea at least once a week and I haven’t had mastitis again! I have had to get better at practicing preventative herbal healing and making herbs a part of my families nutrition through the week. This tea is my simple approach to doing that more in my life. I hope it helps others too.
1 Qt Water
2 Tbsp Raspberry Leaf
2 Tbsp Mint Leaf
2 tsp Tulsi
4-7 Red Clover Flowers
The only herb that I didn’t grow and harvest myself was the raspberry leaf. This was a goal of mine at the beginning of spring- to harvest herbs I could practically use. The clover I gathered wild. The mint and tulsi I grew in my garden.
- Raspberry Leaf - Helps with breastmilk supply and also helps with uterine healing postpartum.
- Tulsi - All parts of the plant act as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance.
- Red Clover Flowers - Red clover isoflavones are believed to act as a weak estrogen, which reduces the amount of estrogen produced in breast cells, thereby reducing pain.
What herbs are in your garden?