Fertility Tea Blend {recipe}

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© Donielle

I truly believe that many times the cure for what ails us has already been given by God in the form of plants.

Herbs can be a wonderful addition to a healthy diet to help balance hormones and cleanse the body. Recently I’ve made myself about a quart of tea each day and enjoy drinking it over ice. It’s a fabulously refreshing on our hot and humid days, and I love knowing that it’s nourishing my body as well as hydrating it.

The herbs used can be specific to each woman, adding in others to help with unique health issues, and taking out what’s not needed. But I find that this simple mix offers me what I need for now and I’m not only happy with the changes I see happening, but also with the flavor. There may be other herbs that you enjoy using and the possibilities are endless!

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Fertility Tea Blend {recipe}
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Recipe type: Beverages
 
Ingredients
  • red clover (harvested and dried myself) – for cleansing the blood, supporting the uterus, helps to alkalize the body and has a high mineral content.
  • dandelion root – purifies and builds the blood, helps increase production of bile, cleansing the liver and keeping digestion moving, is rich in potassium, overall benefits the female organs
  • nettle leaves – a blood purifier, increase the efficiency of the liver and kidneys, may help with the imbalance of the body’s mucous membranes. Also known as a uterine tonic and high in minerals.
  • red raspberry leaf – great for the female reproductive organs, strengthens the uterus, helps to decrease a heavy period, also aids in pregnancy support, and high in minerals.
  • rose hips – a good source of vitamin C, offers immune support, and good for stress.
  • Other herbal option would be something like vitex and/or dong quai – both help to normalize the menstrual cycle, but note that dong quai should not be taken alone and should not be taken during pregnancy.
Method of Preparation
  1. Boil 3½ cups of water and add one heaping teaspoon of each herb to either a french press, or jar to strain later. (if you dry your own red clover, add a handful of blossoms)
  2. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and let sit for 3-4 hours, straining into a jar when finished infusing.
  3. Stir in a small amount of honey if needed and a bit of juice from a lemon. Refrigerate and drink throughout the day.
Notes
Optional Tastiness: I also add in the following on occasion (about 1 teaspoon each) to change up the flavor and include other nutrients: red rooibos tea – contains high levels of antioxidants and minerals, boosts the immune system, helps with nervous tension, and soothes digestive problems. elderberry – immune booster and flu fighter, ease inflammation and pain, and soothe the intestines dried cranberries (sugar and sulphur free)- adds wonderful flavor, digestive aid, helps to prevent urinary tract infections, and contains anti-inflammatory properties.

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Nettle leaf or nettle root?

    Donielle Reply:

    @Elle, I use leaf. :-)

  2. Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I suffer with massive uterine fybroids. The only cure, per my doctor, is a hysterectomy. I have chosen not to do this. I have used some of the herbs you mentioned in capsules. Do you think teas are better? I went on an organic diet, lost 30 lbs, and the tumors shrank. I went from wearing maternity clothes to dropping about 3 sizes in clothing. But I still look pregnant, and people comment on the “baby”. I have fallen off my health regime somewhat this summer. I need to pick it back up again! Thanks so much.

    Jade Reply:

    @Honey, Keep up the good work!

    donielle Reply:

    @Honey, I think as long as the herbs are fresh, you can take them via tea or capsule.

    I’m so excited for you that your tumors shrank!! That’s so awesome!! Such a testament to what a good diet can do. :-)

    And you know…..for as many people that say eating healthy in the summer is easy, you’d think it would be! But with all the busyness the season brings, sometimes it’s even harder!

    Rachel Reply:

    @Honey, fresh herbs are usually best for making tinctures, dried for teas. Both are considered better than capsules. The alcohol of the tincture pulls the medicinal properties well. Dried herbs work best for teas because drying them breaks the cell wall and when boiling water is added the nutrients are better extracted. There are of course exceptions to this but the herbs listed above would all be best used as an infusion as described above. This provides good quantities of the easily absorbed minerals and vitamins as well as some of the medicinal properties (such as the phytosterols in red clover) that will bring about improved health. I try to drink nettles regularly because I notice that it clears my eczema, helps with my seasonal allergies, and increases my energy. I drink red clover infusions several times a month (that I also harvested and dried myself, a labor of love for sure) and find that my PMS is less severe as are my cramps and bleeding.

    If you have capsules it certainly doesn’t hurt to take them but they don’t provide the quantity or form that provides the most benefit. And as Susun Weed mentioned in a seminar I attended, how can you really know if what is in that capsule is what you think it is, or if the quality is any good? Dried herbs you can see how fresh they look (are your nettles an earthy green, your red clover blossoms still pink with green leaves instead of brown?) and smell them to know that they are of a good quality. If not, then you’re not going to get much benefit from them.

    donielle Reply:

    @Rachel, Thanks for chiming in Rachel!!

  3. Thanks for the post! I love drinking a cup of red raspberry leaf/red clover leaf tea before bed with a pinch of celtic sea salt. I’ve been wanting to try dandelion root, so this was a good reminder to get some! I usually brew the nettle leaf tea as a separate tea, but I don’t like the taste of it (I let my teas brew overnight, so they’re pretty strong) so I like the idea of adding it in with these other herbs. And rose hips is a great idea! I know I need more vitamin C because of adrenal issues, so this would be a great easy way to get some! Oh – and another good combo I like is red raspberry leaf with peppermint leaf. It tastes really yummy!

  4. Do you know if these herbs are safe to take while breastfeeding? Thanks!

    donielle Reply:

    @Joanna, Most should be safe for breastfeeding, though I would choose to start drinking it slowly to make sure my nursling can handle them. I’d start with a cup per day and slowly move that up to 2-3 cups over the course of 4-6 weeks.

  5. I’ve been drinking nearly a quart of this a day mixed into a fertility boosting green smoothie. I hope it helps :) My Fertile CM is nil at the moment.

    donielle Reply:

    @Faei, Have you tried Evening primrose oil for CM at all? I’ve heard quite a few women (including myself) have noticed a difference while taking it during the first half of the cycle.

    http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/cervical-fluid-fertility/

    Faei Reply:

    @donielle, No, I haven’t tried EPO yet! I’ll get some and take it the first half of my cycle. I think I’m getting a BFN this month so I’ll start the EPO on CD 1. (I started Metformin on cycle day 6 and I think it made my O’ing a little wonky.)

    I was also wondering about the rosehips in the blend. I’ve heard that too much vitamin C can cause hostile cervical mucus. I put in 2 oz of everything including the rose hips when I made my blend.

    donielle Reply:

    @Faei, I think it would take a ton of vitamin C for that to happen, and most likely consuming a “whole” food source wouldn’t contribute much to that. It seems that most studies that show certain vitamins lead to something damaging are when they are taken in supplemental form – just that one vitamin, you know?

    And during drying, I know that some of the C is lost in fruits, so I don’t really have a concrete number as to how much is left in the rose hips after drying either…..

    Faei Reply:

    @donielle, I don’t think i’m going to worry about the rosehips. The tea seems to be working. I’ll start the EPO very soon as well.

  6. Hi Danielle!

    How will this tea affect a Luteal Phase Defect? I’ve done so much research online and somewhere (I can’t remember where) suggested that (I think it was the clover or maybe the raspberry?) some of these herbs promoted low progesterone…and I’m trying to do the opposite! :)

    donielle Reply:

    @Kimberly, Most likely it was the red clover since it contains isoflavones, or plant based estrogens.

    Everything I’ve ever read on it was either:

    1) It binds to the estrogen cell receptors and helps to lower estrogen production – which would then raise progesterone levels.

    or

    2) Since the body looks at it as estrogen, it raises the estrogen levels in the body, causing progesterone to lower.

    *sigh* One completely contradicts the other!! And of course there seems to be no concrete studies to make the final decision either.

    My thought is this: it can easily be left out! :-) Go ahead and just make it without – it will still be quite the fertility friendly tea.

    donielle Reply:

    @Kimberly, Oh – and you could also think of adding vitex in the tea mix instead of red clover as it helps to balance estrogen, thereby upping the progesterone. :-)

    Kimberly Reply:

    @donielle,
    Thank you, Donielle! I’ll probably do the vitex either way, and then see how the red clover affects my cycles the next few times. (we’re not *really* trying to conceive for about 3-5 more cycles.)
    Thanks!

  7. I thought that I read somewhere else on your site (I can’t find it now) where you said to brew herbs and fruits separately. Can they be brewed together? Thanks!

    donielle Reply:

    @Kelsey, I just checked my Susan Weed book and she says that berries can be steeped with the herbs up to four hours.

  8. Can I use this tea or do I need to remove any ingredients, if I have endometriosis?

    donielle Reply:

    @Carrie, For endo, I might cut out the red clover for the first month or two to allow the liver cleansing herbs to do there work before you introduce an herb that contains phyto-estrogens. The only reason being that some bodies may look at it as ‘extra’ estrogen while in other bodies it helps to reduce overall estrogen.

  9. Hi Donielle,

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been drinking this tea for about a month and a half and I’m loving the benefits! I finally o’d on a normal date (I was always late before) and I’ve finally have fertile quality CM. But a few days ago my stove broke so I wasn’t able to make the tea…and then today my period started, making my LP 4 days shorter than normal. Do you think there’s any connection or is this just a weird fluke?

    donielle Reply:

    @Sharon, I’m a dork and didn’t notice this question until now. Sorry! but I’ll go ahead and answer it (hoping you don’t need to know anymore) in case someone else comes across it. :-)

    I’d have a hard time thinking that just a few days of not drinking the tea would make a big difference. If you’re certain of your ovulation date and still had a short LP you could try and cut out the red clover to see if that makes a difference. The tough thing with herbs is that we are all going to need different things for our body, so sometimes it takes a few months to find what works best for our situation.

    And you can also make the tea just by pouring hot tap water over the herbs as well. Just steep for a bit longer and it’ll be fine!

  10. Nikki Partain says:

    I was curious do u drink this every day of your cycle to or just once, how often?

    donielle Reply:

    @Nikki Partain, You should be able to drink this month long without any issues. Though if you have a history of miscarriage use the red raspberry before ovulation only.

  11. So this is slightly unrelated… But I have a friend in her third trimester who was given an herbal tea “pregnancy” mix that has red raspberry leaf, nettle leaf, oat straw, and comfrey. I was confused because I have read not to take comfrey internally while pregnant, and to only use it for short periods externally. She hasn’t tried the tea yet, and is now hesitant to since I was so surprised about the comfrey leaf. I have some straight red raspberry leaf I’m going to give her to drink in the meantime, but I was wondering if you have any idea about the safety of comfrey leaf during pregnancy? Thanks!

    donielle Reply:

    @Kelsey, I’ve heard the same regarding comfrey. I was at a foraging class once and the woman leading it explained it was safe, but for me……I’d want to make sure that the person I got the tea from was qualified to lend experience in herbs. Like an herbalist, naturopath, or midwife who knew my medical history.

    And I always stick with the “better safe than sorry” mentality as well. If you’re worrying about it, the stress will make the tea worse for you than taking nothing at all.

  12. Elizabete Saukas says:

    I made this recipe and just started to drink this tea yesterday. It’s delicious!
    In my case, instead of honey, i added some blue agave to sweetner it.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Hello! I don’t even remember how I found this blog now… but I love it! :-) I just bought all the herbs in your recipe to help normalize my hormones (and hopefully help with a little acne) after coming off “the pill” (after 10+ years!). I got my shipment from The Bulk Store this week and excited to start making this tea!

    Just a question about storing the herbs… what is the best way? Should I just leave them in the bags they came in and stick in the fridge? Or is it ok to leave them out in the pantry or something?

    Thanks!
    Katie

    Katie Reply:

    I meant to say the Bulk HERB Store :-)

    donielle Reply:

    @Katie, Hi Katie! Thanks for your kind words. :-)

    The best way to store herbs is going to be in a dry, dark environment. So either in the bags they came in (seal-able) or an airtight jar. I usually keep my herbs that I have mixed already, in my kitchen cupboard, and my extras (or any I’m not using for a month or so) in the freezer.

  14. Hi, can I use this tea blend after having an ectopic pregnancy that required my left tube to be removed? I really wanna increase my chances of having a safe pregnancy… Had started taking the vitex capsules before getting pregnant…. What would you suggest continue with the vitex or start something else?

    donielle Reply:

    @sabrina, I can’t imagine that this tea would affect your body negatively because of an ectopic pregnancy, but always check with your health care provider first.

    As for the vitex vs. something else – it all depends on your body and your health. Not everyone will benefit from the same herbs, and it’s also important to look at what you want to herbs to do. Is it balance hormones, cleanse, increase the luteal phase, etc. I’m sorry I can’t give you a straightforward answer…..there’s just not a cookie cutter herbal remedy for fertility.

  15. Sarah McCain says:

    Hi I was wondering if you used Red Clover Blossoms, Seeds of the herb? You can get it in all three ways and that go’s for a few other ones as well. I have tried a few different things with no luck. I have PCOS so along with that and not being able to really loose weight its been a hard time to have a baby with my husband. I will try this tea and cross my fingers and pray that it would help.

    Sarah McCain Reply:

    @Sarah McCain, Also do you think that adding other Fertility boosting herbs like Lady’s Mantle or Maca or even Damiana?

    donielle Reply:

    @Sarah McCain, No, I didn’t use the seeds in this, just the blossoms.
    As for other fertility herbs – there are many! And many of them can be very effective. The biggest thing with herbs is to take them based on your symptoms, so some women will experience better results than others with the same herb. I also like to limit the amount of herbs in a mix so that you can get a better idea of what herbs are working.

  16. I am wanting to buy the red raspberry leaf tea from the website you listed, but I wondering how much I should get? I noticed that it is sold be the 1/2 pound. About how long would that last and how often should I drink the tea? Thank you!

    donielle Reply:

    @Kala Rath, Hmmmm, I don’t have any right now to put on my scale, but I’m thinking 1/2 pound would be about a months supply.

  17. Okay, I was trying to keep from having to ask this as I’m sure it is a TOTALLY stupid question. I’m new around here and just learning some of this stuff, so please don’t kill me! :) Where can I purchase vitex and dong quai herbs for the tea? I have found them in pill form, but I have always been under the impression that herbs are better than pills. And after reading through many of the comments here, I think my assumption was confirmed. I have Googled both of them, but I’m only coming up with supplements in pill form. HELP!

    I am constantly impressed and amazed with this blog. I have had your book, Donielle, since last year, but after about five months of trying Clomid and coming up not pregnant every single time, I’m ready to do something about it! Thank you for all of this WONDERFUL information! (P.S. I also have Hashimoto’s and found Magdalena’s program through this blog. For the first time in I don’t even know how long, I HAVE HOPE AGAIN!!!)

    donielle Reply:

    @Sarah, No question is ever stupid. :-)
    I like to order my loose herbs from http://www.MountainRoseHerbs.com. They usually have a great selection and great quality.

    Sarah Reply:

    @donielle, Great! Thank you!

    Sarah Reply:

    @Donielle, Hi Donielle,

    I started drinking this fertility tea a few weeks ago and around the same time I started getting severe stomach pains. I thought it was just digestive stuff, so I kept drinking the tea and going on with life. But after about a week and a half, it got worse and worse and WORSE to the point that I was vomiting and couldn’t eat anything. So I went to the doctor. I’ve been to Urgent Care twice, my regular doctor once, and a gastroenterologist all in about three weeks time. I’ve had an ultrasound to check my gallbladder and liver, blood work to check my thyroid (and several other things), and just this morning I had a gastrointestinal endoscopy to check for an ulcer. Everything has come back fine.

    I stopped drinking the tea on the day that I was vomiting (two weeks from today) and I have been fine ever since…But I thought I was feeling better because of a medication the doctor had prescribed. However, on Monday I decided to start drinking the tea again. Yesterday (Tuesday), the stomach pains were back. I’ve always heard that herbs are generally harmless to use, but do you think I could be having an adverse effect to something in the tea? I am using all the ingredients listed here on this blog post except for dong quai, elderberries, and cranberries.

    I understand that you cannot “diagnose” due to liability, but I just wondered if anything might come to your mind on this. I’m not really sure where to begin looking, and since you seem to be well-versed on herbs, I thought it might be easiest to ask your opinion before I really dig into researching it more. Thank you for your time!

    donielle Reply:

    @Sarah, Herbs are just like food and a person can easily have an allergy or sensitivity to them, just like we do with foods. I’d say there is something in your mix that your body doesn’t like! I’d wait a couple of days and then try each herb as a simple, meaning one at a time. So one day brew an elderberry tea, another day brew red raspberry leaf. See how your stomach feels after each one and maybe wait a day in between and don’t drink any herbal tea that day.
    And even if treatments are natural, it doesn’t mean they aren’t harmless or that our bodies may not react negatively. Herbs are powerful medicines and we do need to be careful with them.

    Sarah Reply:

    @donielle, That’s actually what I was considering doing. Thank you so much for the information and confirmation of what I need to do next. I appreciate it!

  18. Hello. I have hypothyroidism. And we have been trying to conceive for a long while now. I take thyroid meds to help. But I was wondering if this tea would help at all. My hypothyroidism keeps me from ovulating properly. Would it make a difference? Any tips would be appreciated

    Jessie W Reply:

    I take thyroid meds to help with the hypothyroidism. I was mainly wondering if anything in the tea would mess with my thyroid or would it be ok to drink it?

    donielle Reply:

    @Jessie W, I don’t think that any of these herbs would impact the potency of the medication your on, but you could also google the med + the herb to see if any warning come up. (ex. using nettles with Synthroid, etc)

    donielle Reply:

    @Jessie W, I believe that herbs can help heal a body not only by providing nutrients, but also for medicinal benefit. Herbs may definitely give you a boost, but the hypothyroidism needs to be dealt with as well.
    I’ve been reading about the issue a lot lately and it seems that many times the meds may change the lab results but don’t do the healing that the thyroid needs. So if you haven’t yet, I’d recommend reading up on the posts I have written already and maybe checking out a couple of the books from a library. They may help you HEAL your body so that your thyroid begins to do what it needs to do. (and many people with hypothyroidism are never checked to see if it’s due to an autoimmune issue – which is super important as almost 90% of the cases are due to hashimoto’s!)
    http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/naturally-healing-the-thyroid-part-one-getting-blood-sugar-under-control/
    http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/naturally-healing-the-thyroid-part-two-digestion/
    http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/why-do-i-still-have-thyroid-symptoms-book-review/

  19. I was wondering is there a place i can make my own tea or somewhere i can buy the fertility tea bags at a store or online?

    donielle Reply:

    @krystal, I like to buy my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs – there’s a link in the resources. http://www.naturallykncockedup.com/natural-fertility-resources

    krystal Reply:

    @donielle, Thanks i will definately check it out, i was thinking maybe whole foods might have a bulk tea section possibly too.

  20. Can I drink this tea while pregnant?

    donielle Reply:

    @Rosanne, it’s probably going to depend on who you ask, really. Some practitioners recommend that herbs like red clover and red raspberry be discontinued during pregnancy, especially if the woman has had a miscarriage. Others recommend them. So it’s really all about listening to your body and working with someone who knows your health background.

  21. Shawana Moore says:

    Hi,

    I was wondering if I can get these ingredients from a health food store, or should i purchase them from the website you provided. Im having problems getting pregnant. as the young lady stated at top, Im also working with one tube and that one is blocked. I really would like to hav another child. My question is, would the tea help me out in this situation that I am in?

    donielle Reply:

    @Shawana Moore, You can probably find all of these at a health food store if that’s easiest.

    It’s hard to say whether it will help your specific issues. One thing you may want to research for blocked tubes is mayan abdominal massage and castor oil packs.

  22. Keri Holland says:

    Can I be subscribed to weekly email updates? Also, what DoTerra oils do you recommend, if any, to help PCOS and to level out my hormones (increasing my progesterone, decreasing my estrogen and androgen levels).

    Donielle Reply:

    @Keri Holland, To sign up for updates, just look at the top of the sidebar on the blog. You can enter your name and email there.

    As for essential oils for hormone balance, you could check out the webinar a doTerra consultant is doing this week – the info is here int his post: http://wp.me/pKSaf-2xo

  23. Hi
    I was wondering why 3-4h of infusion time? I’m uses to seeing 15m and wondered if that would be sufficient.
    Thanks!

    Donielle Reply:

    @Val, A short steep time is considered a true tea and doesn’t pull out as many of the medicinal properties and nutrients. When you can make an infusion of herbs you’ll end up with more a more medicinal drink.

    Val Reply:

    @Donielle, thank you!

  24. Hi, okay, so I just ordered these ingredients on Mountain Rose Herbs… which was more expensive than I was hoping (only bc of shipping) but less expensive than the pre-mixed “fertility tea” from the local Mexican Herb shop. The herbs alone were $18.00 and after $15 shipping for 4oz of each organic herb it cost me $32.75. (Just in case anyone was wondering about how much it costs to make this if you don’t already have these herbs growing yourself and you don’t know where to buy herbs locally).

    Okay… with that said… my question: does it have to be RED raspberry leaves? I have a golden raspberry plant and I don’t know if I could just dry those leaves and make teas from them… I don’t want to poison myself though, lol so I’d rather do research before just trying it.

    Donielle Reply:

    @Stephanie, You know, I don’t know if they have to be RED. I did have someone tell me that there was a correct way to harvest and dry them though, so you’d want to research it before you dry your own!

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