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After a Cesarean - by Susun Weed

Nourishing, Tonic, and Anti-infective Herbs


Safe Use of Herbs After a Cesarean:

  • Water-based infusions provide optimum benefit and greatest safety
  • Capsules are most likely to cause ill-effects and odd reactions
  • Avoid poisonous forms of herbs such as essential oils
  • Use tinctures diluted to treat acute problems
  • Herbs move rapidly into breast milk (10-20 minutes)


Simple Nourishing Herbs for Mother and Child After a Cesarean:

1.   Nourishing herbal infusions:

  • Nettle (Urtica dioica)
  • Oatstraw (Avena sativa)
  • Comfrey leaf (Symphytum uplandica)
  • Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
  • Linden flowers (Tillia americana)


2.   Benefits of nourishing herbal infusions after a cesarean:

  • Nettle increases breast milk and helps replace blood loss.
  • Oatstraw improves sleep and strengthens the nervous system.
  • Comfrey leaf helps incisions heal and helps prevent scarring.
  • Red clover improves breast milk production and brings hormonal sanity.
  • Linden soothes and heals mucus surfaces and incisions; prevents colds.


Tonic Herbs for Mother and Child After a Cesarean:

1.   Water bases:

  • Raspberry leaf (Rubus ideaus) to tonify uterus.
  • Aromatic mints - rosemary, lavender, and lemon balm - for digestion. 
  • Avoid sage (Salvia officinalis) if breast feeding.


2.   Tincture bases:

  • Astragalus (A. membranaceous) strengthens immunity, prevents infection.
  • Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) to ease after-birth pain and prevent post-partum depression.


Herbs That Can Counter Infection After a Cesarean:

  • Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia) to increase macrophages; counter bacteria.
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) against all gram-positive and -negative bacteria.
  • Usnea (U. barbarata) to counter deep infection.
  • Poke root (Phytolacca americana) - USE WITH CAUTION.


The Empowered Woman Promotes Her Own Health

Benefits to Being Pro-Active in Healing After a Cesarean:

  • Quicker healing for mom.
  • Less scarring of the incision site.
  • Better bonding between mom and babe.
  • Deeper sleep for mom and babe.
  • Fewer problems with  infection at incision site and fewer infections for baby.


Bringing It Home:

1.   Making nourishing infusions:

  • One ounce stinging nettle, quart of boiling water; steep 4 hours - for energy.
  • One ounce oatstraw, quart of boiling water; steep 4 hours - for patience.
  • One ounce comfrey leaf, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain; rebrew with two cups cold water, bring to a boil; steep 4 hours, strain - to improve chances of a VBAC with next child.
  • One ounce red clover blossom, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain - to prepare for the next pregnancy.
  • One-half ounce linden flowers, quart of boiling water, steep 4 hours, strain; rebrew with two cups cold water, bring to a boil; steep 4 hours, strain.


2.   Additions to infusions:

  • Honey (Note: do not give honey to infants younger than 12 months)
  • Milk
  • The Israeli Public Health Ministry recommends against soy beverage for children under the age of eighteen (18); it's not good for mom either.
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  • Juice (Note: problems with fructose)


3.   Sources for buying herbs and tinctures:

  • Listed in my books and website.


For Further Information:

  • Visit www.susunweed.com
  • Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Ash Tree Publishing, Susun Weed


Susun Weed, green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades. Ms. Weed's four herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including: menopause, childbearing, and breast health.


Visit her site  for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more or contact her at:

Susun Weed

PO Box 64

Woodstock, NY 12498

Fax:  1-845-246-8081

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Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material contained herein is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.




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Susun Weed’s books include:


Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

Author: Susun S. Weed. Simple, safe remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and newborns. Includes herbs for fertility and birth control. Foreword by Jeannine Parvati Baker. 196 pages, index, illustrations.

Retails for $11.95 Order at: Ash Tree Publishing

Healing Wise 

Author: Susun S. Weed. Superb herbal in the feminine-intuitive mode. Complete instructions for using common plants for food, beauty, medicine, and longevity. Introduction by Jean Houston. 312 pages, index, illustrations.

Retails for $17.95 Order at: Ash Tree Publishing


New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

Author: Susun S. Weed. The best book on menopause is now better. Completely revised with 100 new pages. All the remedies women know and trust plus hundreds of new ones. New sections on thyroid health, fibromyalgia, hairy problems, male menopause, and herbs for women taking hormones. Recommended by Susan Love MD and Christiane Northrup MD. Foreword by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. 304 pages, index, illustrations.

Retails for $16.95 Order at: Ash Tree Publishing

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Breast Cancer? Breast Health!

Author: Susun S. Weed. Foods, exercises, and attitudes to keep your breasts healthy. Supportive complimentary medicines to ease side-effects of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or tamoxifen. Foreword by Christiane Northrup, M.D. 380 pages, index, illustrations.

Retails for $14.95 Order at: Ash Tree Publishing

For more great info on Breast Health, visit Susun's Breast Health site.

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