Sadly, I suffered a miscarriage and subsequent D&C last week, thus the lack of posting once again. I thought I would take some time to share some remedies that have physically and emotionally helped me through the recovery process.
*Recovery Tea: I have been making a daily recovery tea. It has consisted of these herbs: red raspberry leaf (this I put in daily), alternate days with either nettle or oatstraw, lemon balm (used daily), and cinnamon. The red raspberry is a uterine tonic and helps to balance hormones - I have been surprised how quickly my post-op bleeding has been tapering down (I actually started drinking this right when I found out I had miscarried). Nettle and oatstraw are very nourishing, nutrient rich herbs which help with the healing process. Lemon balm is a nervine; it calms the nervous system and helps balance emotions. Cinnamon is a circulatory aid and will help the circulate blood to the uterus to encourage the healing process. I will continue this tea for about 3-4 weeks post-op.
*Vitex: I have made a simple tea with vitex berries. I drink a cup daily Vitex can take about 3 months to really kick in, but it is an excellent hormone balancer, working on the endocrine system to obtain balance. It does not contain hormones.
*Milk Thistle Tincture: Milk thistle seed is an amazing herb that can heal and actually help to regenerate nerve tissue. I have been taking this daily to help protect my liver from all the medications it was exposed to during surgery and to help support it as it is processing all the extra hormones in my system.
*Partridgeberry: I have ordered some of this herb and will start it as soon as it arrives. It's a great complement to raspberry leaf and can be brewed with my recovery tea. It also helps to balance the reproductive system.
*Chamomile: This tea I brewed the first few nights post-op to help me sleep. I made sure to use loose flower heads and it was a wonderful sleep aid.
*Blood purifying mix: In a few weeks when I am feeling better, I will be adding a daily does of tea that has yellow dock root, burdock root, and dandelion root. This combo will continue to help support the liver process and rid my body of extra hormones. It's also a good blood purifying mix.
*Homeopathics: I have been using a number of homeopathics including arnica montana (helps reduce soreness and bruising), hypericum perf. (helps with nerve injury), pulsatilla (helps balance emotions), Wise's Pain Tablets #417 (helps with hypersensitivity to pain and emotion), and a number of Bach Flower Remedies to help with emotions and stress; rescue remedy, aspen, hornbeam, olive, and mimulus. I think the first two remedies really helped control pain as I only needed one ibuprofen follow my surgery. I was surprised by the lack of discomfort I had. I started the homeopathic remedies the day before the surgery.
*Noni Lavender Lotion: one of my all time favorite remedies. I rubbed this on all the sore muscles after surgery including my back, tummy, and neck. The evening after surgery, I started having tingling in my face, probably from how they positioned my neck while the procedure was done. I rubbed this lotion on the tingling areas and within a few hours they were gone.
*Rest: I was blessed to have my mom here for the first 6 days. I tried to avoid the stairs at all costs and staying off my feet as much as I could. This has helped so much. I am also avoiding any heavy lifting, including my toddler for a few weeks.
*Supplements: I continue to take a blood builder to keep me from becoming anemic; it also includes kelp which helps to balance hormones. I take cod liver oil and an adrenal supplement. I have continued my green's mix and colostrum. I have added wild bee pollen which helps with immunity and balancing the reproductive system. I also have continued with my liquid B supplement and have added to that a green tea nano supplement.
*Bone Broths: I have been taking homemade chicken broth or beef broth daily, as these are great sources of nutrients and aid in the healing process.
*Accupuncture: I will be starting up some accupuncture in a week, which I did before and during my first pregnancy which bore me my wonderful and precious son.
Thank you for your patience as I have not been able to keep up with my posting schedule. I hope to resume my normal posting schedule in a few weeks.