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Herbs and Pregnancy

Remember that herbs can have powerful effects on you and your unborn child. Just because an herb is “natural” does not mean it is SAFE! Some herbs can be very helpful to you but others should be avoided.

Avoid the following herbs during pregnancy:

  • Aloe – Teratogens, Emmenagogues
  • Agave – Teratogens, Emmenagogues
  • Angelica – Emmenagogues
  • Asafoetida – Emmenagogues
  • Baneberry – (actaea)
  • Basil – Emmenagogues
  • Beth Root – (trillium) Emmenagogues
  • Black Cohosh – (cimifuga racemosa) Abortive
  • Blessed Thistle – (cnicus) Steroid
  • Blood Root – (sanguine)
  • Blue Cohosh – (caulophyllum) Abortive
  • Blue Flag – (iris) Toxic
  • Buchu – (barosma) Electrolyte Imbalance
  • Buckbean – (menyanthes)
  • Buckhorn – (rhamnus species) Teratogens, Laxative
  • Butternut – (juglans)
  • Cascara Sagrada – (rhamnus species) Laxative
  • Cotton Root – (gossypium)
  • Culver’s Root – (leptandra)
  • Crampbark
  • Damiana
  • Devil’s club – (oplopancisc)
  • Dogbane – Toxic
  • Dong Quai – Emmenagogues
  • Ephedra – Teratogens
  • Epuzote – (chenopodium)
  • Ginseng – (panax) Teratogens
  • Goldenseal – (hydrastis) Abortive (Placental Vaso Constriction)
  • Guavine
  • Hellebore – (veratrum) Toxic
  • Helonias – (choumaelienum) Emmenagogues
  • Horse Chestnut – Toxic
  • Inmortal – Emmenagogues
  • Jimson Weed – Toxic
  • Juniper Berry – Teratogens, Electrolyte Imbalance
  • Licorice – Teratogens, Steroid
  • Ma Huang – (ephedrasinensis) Teratogens, Abortive
  • Male Fern – (aspidium) Toxic
  • Mandrake – (podophylum) Toxic, Teratogens
  • Milkweed – Emmenagogues
  • Mother Wort – (leonurus)
  • Mountain Laurel – (kalmia)
  • Ohio Buckeye – Toxic
  • Parsley – (Dries up milk)
  • Osha – Teratogens, Emmenagogues (vasodilator)
  • Pasqueflower – (pulsatilla)
  • Pennyroyal – Abortive
  • Periwinkle – (vinca major and minor)
  • Peruvian Bark – (cinchona)
  • Pleurisy Root – (asclepias tuberosa)
  • Poke Root – Toxic
  • Poleo – (mentha piperiat)
  • Ragwort – (senecio)
  • Rhubarb Leaves -(rheum)
  • Rue – (ruta)
  • Sage – Teratogens
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Senna – (cassia species) Teratogens, Laxative
  • Shepherd’s Purse – (capsella) Abortive, Vaso Constriction, Dries up Vagina
  • Tansy – (tenacetum)
  • Uva Ursi – Diuretic
  • Wild Yam
  • Wormwood – Toxic
  • Yohimbe – Toxic
Borderline Herbs:

  • Peppermint (contains menthol)
  • Chamomile (mild menstrual stimulator)
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