Have a Fear Free Natural Birth with Herbs

recovery-after-birth-dog
Valentine Garland – 1891

Having had a dog give birth thrice at my house before I myself had a child, taught me more about giving birth than all the books and videos on the internet, not to mention the hush-hush births I’d been around in human hospitals.

Dogs approach birth without the trained tension and worry humans go through.

The first time a dog in my care was pregnant, she got a terrible stomach infection and couldn’t keep anything in. I dutifully took her to a vet, “just to be on the safe side”. The vet ordered an xray.

I was amazed. Here was an exhausted pregnant dog in distress and he was ordering an xray?

“That’s the only way to know what’s happening,” he said. Apparently he couldn’t even tell if she was pregnant or not without an xray.

Now there are times when xrays are helpful and I’ve been fascinated now and again by xrays of the human body on Pinterest. But no one should be exposed to radiation because of a stomach infection, least of all a pregnant dog.

So I took the dog home, and never crossed the threshold of a vet again.

She thrived on my herbal medicine recovered from the stomach infection, and gave birth naturally and without drama at home. She weaned her dogs when she felt like it and they went off to new homes quite prepared for life ahead.

I used a mix of herbs for uterine strength and recovery in breeding dogs with some extra herbs added just for her needs – because every dog is different. Some doggie mothers need more nervous support, some need kidney support, some need help to stimulate the mammary glands, some just need a little more vital energy.

A few years later when I gave birth to my son, through the process of labor, all sorts of fears hit me. I realized how very fear-filled nearly all published information about the human birth process is. If that wasn’t enough, the process of looking after a new born, establishing feeding, and all that, they’re topics touched upon with so much fear and political correctness.

The joy of having a child gets worn away by all the fear mongering.

At about thirty hours into labor that didn’t seem to be progressing at all, I realized that and decided to throw everything I’d read about human birth right out of my mind.

People don’t sit around telling people exactly how to make a baby. Sure there’s the birds and the bees talk maybe once or twice before you’re an adult and you figure things out after that.

Giving birth is as natural as making a baby, and looking after the baby comes naturally too.

I remembered the grace and simplicity with which animals give birth when they’re allowed to be healthy and natural.

Once I began to throw the fear mongering out of my head, labor progressed pretty quickly and my son was born.

I carried and gave birth to my son, and cared for all his baby needs without any allopathic drugs.

The big part of pregnancy, birthing and post partum recovery, is having enough good oil in your diet.

After that, comes herbal support. My Herbal Medicine for Pre and Post Natal, Labor & Birthing Support usually has Vervain, Rosehips, St. Mary’s Thistle, Yarrow, Saw Palmetto, Cactus, Black Cohosh, Agnus Castus . I add other herbs depending on the mother’s needs – often using the good old combination of Pulsatilla and Phytolacca for uterine relaxation and lymphatic stimulation.

Vervain is for nervous support.
Rosehips is for vital energy.
St. Mary’s Thistle helps the mother’s liver deal with the rushes of hormones flooding her body through the birth process.
Yarrow supports tissue healing and recovery as well supports the cessation of heavy bleeding.
Saw Palmetto supports the heart, the uterus and the muscles all over the body is recovering from the strain of giving birth.
Cactus is a wonderful nervine to maintain calm through it all. I don’t know why mothers aren’t given more HEART and CARDIAC support, when so much about birth – I would say everything – is about the heart.
Black Cohosh is pure immediate strength for a uterus at its most strenuous time of life.
Agnus Castus helps maintain hormonal calm through what can be a turbulent time.

For emergency use – the painkiller herbs White Willow Bark, Ruta (for tearing pain), St. John’s Wort should be at hand, as should a powerful pain relieving oil – these same herbs in an oil will do a good job.

Ceanothus – New Jersey Tea – Recovery From Shock

Today I came across on a gardening show, the stunning ethereal Ceanothus.

Ceanothus Americana - New Jersey Tea or Red Root
Ceanothus Americana – New Jersey Tea or Red Root

Why it is called New Jersey Tea is because during the war of the American Revolution ie. the war which resulted in the USA forming as a country independent from Britain, American dependence on tea, which was at the time mostly imported through the British commercial networks, had to be stopped.

The leaves of this wild shrub were used instead of Camellia Sinensis – which is the usual tea plant.

Now if you have your teas right, you know it’s actually rather difficult to find something to replace the usual tea leaf. There’s something about Camellia Sinensis that’s just right. It doesn’t push you over the top in any way. It’s uplifting and calming and holding together in a very balanced way.

To find a replacement for such a balanced herb was no mean achievement, especially back then when tea was so much more than one choice of beverage among several others.

Ceanothus IS in fact a perfect replacement because like Camellia Sinensis, it ‘holds together’ the system. And not just in subtle ways but in very powerful direct ways.

In severe hemorrhage such as after childbirth, huge cuts with heavy bleeding, hemophilia and any other condition where the body needs urgent clot forming support, Ceanothus is a powerful medicine for first aid.

All sorts of reactions to stress or shock, where the person (or pet for that matter) experiences hemorrhage, diarhhea, or incontinence are helped immensely both for first aid and for later recovery from such episodes.

The loss of mental concentration and focus because of a shock is helped by taking Ceanothus.

Conditions that involve nervous trembling or twitching benefit from Ceanothus taken regularly as it supports building up the damaged parts of the nervous system, that were damaged due to bad recovery or lack of recovery from shock caused by sudden energy loss.

Radiation or other damage to the inner linings of the body whether in the ENT canal, the throat, the digestive lining or the bowels can be dealt with with the simple addition of a few drops of Ceanothus tincture.

To summarize it, imagine the body as a water body. Recovery from any shock to the water body, destabilizing the water and liquid movements, pooling and function, can be helped in a big way by Ceanothus.

I could go on and on writing about how Ceanothus can help every single organ in the body. It even is good for the teeth!

But I will end this post with – Ceanothus is powerful first aid for recovery from shock that has had a physical impact and physical symptoms. It is also a pain killer and helps long term recovery from the lingering effects of shock and trauma to the system.

 

Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus or Californian Lilac

Work WITH your energy, not against it. Male & Female Energy Flow

This is a topic that cannot be spoken about in one go. It’s something you have to learn a little about and then digest and observe in your self and others before you go on, or it will all be just a mash-up of information in your head that makes no difference in reality.

All humans do not have the same energy flow patterns. In fact every human has a different energy flow pattern.

Male energy fields are distinctly different from female energy fields.

Male energy fields thicken through the colder months of the year, their life experience becoming more intense overall. Through the warmer parts of the year their energy fields thin out, as they release energy and interact with the environment in a lighter manner.

This of course is affected by several other factors, but it is something so primal and such a fact of life, that throughout history there have been ‘seasons’ ruling the activities of men and humankind in general, and it’s not all about only the weather on the outside. The weather on the inside matters a huge deal.

Female energy fields on the other hand, have a different energy pattern that follows a monthly cycle whether a woman is in the menstruating time of life or not.

The female energy field has concentrated energy in the center of the field, around the core of the abdomen, at the start of her period. The concentration spreads out through the next two weeks and expands fully around the time of ovulation and then the spread concentrates back into the center over the next 2 weeks.

So it’s two weeks expanding and two weeks contracting.

Now mind that there are several ways this flow is influenced and there are women for example who have menstrual cycles while they are pregnant too, the menstrual and the pregnancy cycles overlapping each other. In the case of men, changing their location where they have two summers or two winters a year can make a big difference. There are several such scenarios, but the basic pattern remains anyway.

This means that while for men the way they experience life and interact is more or less a stable, gradually changing scenario, in contrast, for women the intensity of life experience changes every fortnight at least.

A way to understand this is – If a man is on a journey, he finds himself going through a plain for 3 days. After 3 days gradually the train he is in finds itself moving to higher ground and then very gradually the train goes higher and higher until it is in the mountains. After a while there, the altitude changes ad slowly the man finds himself coming lower until days later he is in the plains again.

A woman on the other hand finds herself going through the plains for 2 hours, then the bus goes uphill at an angle of 45 degrees and she finds herself in the mountains for 2 hours, after which there’s the steep and sudden descent and she’s back in the plains.

As her energy is concentrated in the center of her energy field her soul wants to give attention to matters that are primal and central to the core of her being. As the energy field expands, her soul gives attention to things more external to her, her environment and so on.

Now, taking the condition of heavy menstrual bleeding as an example of just one of the many conditions women have as a result of not understand how the energy field works, I find that while herbs are wonderful help, to understand the emotional and energetic demands on the female body is one of the most powerful ways to actually heal.

Check out the herbs mentioned on my Herbal Treatment for Heavy Period Bleeding and Chronic Uterine Hemorrhage page (one of my most popular treatments), to get an idea of how herbs can be used to help stabilize energy flow to greatly lessen PMS/PMT and heavy bleeding.

Modern life is unreasonable in the demands it makes on women. It’s just the truth, and it needn’t be that way at all. I know a lot of women who do all they want to do only because they are aware of their body’s energetic and their soul’s emotional shifts and instead of fighting and suppressing those, work with them.

Working with our bodies means a different way of doing things from what we might have been taught in school and learned from others.

If you do not have the energy you need to get through the year or through the month, you know you have to become gentler and more understanding and work with your body instead of against it.

When you know what you’re going through, you begin to find little things that work for you and those make huge changes.

To allow your attention and energy to flow in ways it wants to, is a powerful habit that leads to quality of life and success in everything you want.