Through this fertility journey I’ve come to love my tea time. The time just after I’ve shut down all my electronics for the night, moved through a few yoga poses, and sit in stillness. I make myself a cup of tea. It’s the ritual I enjoy. My whistling tea kettle. The bouncing of the tea bag or cup of loose leaf. The steam. I’ve really grown to love my tea time. Especially because it packs in some last heavy and important nutrients before I hit the hay.
My top favorite fertility teas are:
- Red Raspberry Leaf
- Dandelion Leaf
- Lemon Balm
Red Raspberry leaf is wonderful for uterine health. This tea strengthens the uterine lining and can potentially lengthen the luteal phase of your cycle (the time from ovulation to when your period starts). Many women struggle with shortened luteal phases caused by estrogen dominance. It is encouraged to only take this tea only during the preconception phase as it effects uterine tone and if pregnant can cause contractions. Many women do turn to this tea once their due date has passed. Red raspberry leaf contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, C, B complex, A, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, just to name a few.
Nettle like red raspberry leaf is also great for the uterus and many other bodily functions such as battling anemia (low iron levels), relieves constipation, nourishes kidneys, and is high in calcium & magnesium which decreases cramping. I love combing these teas and drinking red raspberry leaf and nettle tea together to get double the benefits especially if I’m battling PMS cramping. My cramps disappear within an hour of drinking this combo!
Dandelion Leaf tea is the newest addition to my tea collection. My liver health has alway been a big focus for my personal health. The liver is what detoxes the body, especially old circulating hormones. A healthy liver leading into pregnancy can decrease the chances of having pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) which can lead to premature labor/birth. It also is a great source of folic acid (pregnancy super supplement) and iron.
Lemon Balm tea is my go to for relaxation. I also like chamomile tea, but for some reason I enjoy the lemon balm taste (and smell) much better. This tea combats much of the anxiety and stress I’ve built up through my day. One of the best fertility tips I’ve had recommended to me by my functional practitioners is to deal with my stress and anxiety on a regular basis.