Originally Answered: Do you know about Yogi Tea--"Mother To Be" for pregnant women?
I love it and both nettle and anise are perfectly fine for Pregnancy.
NETTLE is highly nutritive and considered one of the very best overall tonics by many herbalists. It has a tonic effect on the kidneys, helping them to eliminate waste products more effectively. Women report an increase in energy when they drink Nettle tea regularly. Used during pregnancy it is believed to decreases the risk of excess bleeding during childbirth. It increases the flow of milk in breastfeeding women, as does dandelion.
The medicinal properties of anise come from the chemicals that are present in the fruits. The anethole in anise helps to relieve gas and settle an upset stomach. The use of anise to season foods, especially meat and vegetable dishes, in many parts of the world may have originated as a digestive aid. The Romans ate aniseed cake at the end of rich meals to prevent indigestion. The chemicals creosol and alpha-pinene act as expectorants, loosening mucus and making it easier to cough up. The estrogenic action of anise is from the chemicals dianethole and photoanethole, which act in a way similar to estrogen. The anise fruits and the essential oil of anise contain these chemicals and can be used medicinally. Aniseed can also be used to make an herbal tea which can help relieve physical complaints.
As a medicinal plant, anise has been used as an antibacterial, an antimicrobial, an antiseptic, an antispasmodic, a breath freshener, a carminative, a diaphoretic, a digestive aid, a diuretic, an expectorant, a mild estrogenic, a mild muscle relaxant, a parasiticide, a stimulant, and a stomachic.
Anise may be helpful in the following conditions:
Anemia. Anise promotes digestion, which may help improve anemia due to inefficient absorption of iron.
Asthma. Essential oil of anise may be inhaled through the nose to help ease breathing and relieve nasal congestion.
Bad breath. It can be used in mouthwash or tea to sweeten breath.
Bronchitis. Aniseed may be used as an expectorant and essential oil of anise may be inhaled through the nose to help ease breathing.
Catarrh. Drinking aniseed tea soothes mucous membranes.
Cold. Aniseed can be used as an expectorant and drinking aniseed tea soothes the throat.
Colic. Drinking anise tea or using essential oil can alleviate gas.
Cough. Can be used as an expectorant, especially for hard, dry coughs where expectoration is difficult.
Croup. Aniseed can be used to alleviate a persistent cough in a child.
Emphysema. Essential oil of anise may be inhaled through the nose to help ease breathing and relieve nasal congestion and tea with aniseed will soothe mucous membranes.
Gas and gas pains. Drinking aniseed tea helps relieve gas, gas pains, and flatulence.
Menopause. Aniseed tea can help alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Morning sickness. Tea made from anise can help alleviate morning sickness during pregnancy.
Nursing. Aniseed tea can help a nursing mother's milk come in.
Sore throat. Drinking aniseed tea alleviates pain of sore throat.