Oh Internet, how we love you, but you do tend to confuse, especially with information about herbs for pregnant women and babies. Over the years, we’ve talked to more than a few anxious and bewildered ladies, all responsibly looking for guidance about what’s safe and what’s not safe for their growing bellies and the baby within.
I just picked some fresh basil and it smells so good, I can’t stand myself. The smell of freshly picked basil is sharp, bright and almost resinous. It’s distinctively glorious.
While washing dishes a few nights ago I accidentally bounced my best Rachel Ray knife off my index finger. Since my hands were warm from the dishwater, the cut bled like I’d just opened the valve to Old Faithful. This isn’t the first time this has happened.
It’s winter time, and the perennial herbs lie dormant, gathering their strength to burst forth in all their glory come spring. Lady’s Mantle is one of those herbs, collecting itself to dependably reappear, to be used as a powerful protector for women during all stages of their adult lives, from menarche to menopause.
I have never met any person who has not been touched by baby loss. Women who have been pregnant and have lost a baby are most often tended to only as grieving women. But their bodies experience many of the same physical discomforts as other postpartum women and these physical reminders of their lost babies further add to the pain of their loss.
tr.v. net·tled, net·tling, net·tles
1. To sting with or as if with a nettle.
2. To irritate; vex.