Some of the herbal tea varieties have long been used by midwives and grandmothers to induce labour at the end of a long pregnancy. If you are overdue, you may have the urge to induce labour using these methods. Although it’s possible it’s not necessarily a good idea, continue reading to know all about labour induced through teas.
Teas Used for Inducing Labour
Here are some of the tea varieties that possess labour-inducing properties:
1. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea to Induce Labour
Tea made out of red raspberry leaf is supposedly beneficial for toning the muscles of the uterus which will help it work more efficiently when you go into labour. Toned muscles will help the labour progress much smoother without fatigue once underway. However, it is not recommended to have raspberry tea to kick start labour once you’re due. It could cause bad contractions that can distress the baby. It is recommended to start taking increasing doses of the tea gradually from the time you’re about 32 weeks.
2. Basil Tea to Induce Labour
Basil is an emmenagogue, which means it is a substance that can increase the menstrual flow. Basil tea has other compounds then can help smooth muscles to relax and bring on a late period. In higher doses, basil and oregano tea can induce labour. Midwives and natural health care providers have used this combination to induce labour in women who are overdue. It needs to be had several times a day for the effect to kick in.
3. Black Cohosh Tea to Induce Labour
The Black cohosh is a herb that belongs to the buttercup family. Also called snakeroot, the root of black cohosh is used as a tea to induce labour. It is also available as tincture and capsule along with tea. The herb is supposedly similar to estrogen in function.
4. Blue Cohosh Tea to Induce Labour
Blue cohosh is also called as papoose root. It’s a herb used by native Americans in as an aid to labour. The root is collected from the wild in autumn and dried. It is commonly used as tincture but is also available as tea or capsules. Blue cohosh is an antispasmodic which means it doesn’t increase contractions. Therefore, it is mostly used to avoid miscarriages by women. It is also taken by women in labour to help coordinate uterine contraction and make it smoother.
5. Chamomile Tea to Induce Labour
Chamomile is a herb closely related to the common daisy, and there are some reports of the German and Roman chamomile causing miscarriage. Hence the herb gets its reputation as being helpful in inducing labour although there is no credible evidence to back up the general belief. The flower of the herb is dried to make tea, capsules and extracts.
6. Cinnamon and Clove Tea to Induce Labour
Cinnamon and close are spices that are safe to consume in limited quantities during pregnancy. The effectiveness of cinnamon and clove tea in inducing labour hasn’t been demonstrated to a credible extent although it is tried with other herbs as a labour-inducer.
7. Cumin Tea to Induce Labour
Cumin tea has also been used to kick start labour by midwives in women who have mostly gone past their 40 weeks mark. The tea is known to stimulate contractions in women who have shot past their due dates. Like many other spicy foods, cumin tea increases the metabolic rate which is thought to stimulate labour potentially. Cumin tea, unfortunately, isn’t a pleasant tasting beverage. To overcome its bitterness, a small chunk of potato can be added into the mix while preparing the tea.
How to Make Your Own Tea to Induce Labour?
The method of preparing your own tea to induce labour is a bit different than the usual way of dumping hot water over tea bags in a cup. This takes a little longer and has a few extra steps.
- Add one tablespoon of the herbal tea powder into a mug.
- Pour boiling water into it.
- Cover the mug with a saucer to conserve as much heat and steam as possible in the mug.
- Let the tea steep in hot water for at least 15 minutes.
- Strain the herb before drinking.
Consult Doctor Before Trying to Use Any Tea to Induce Labour
While some doctors agree that labour inducing varieties of tea do work, some are of the opinion that is all in mind. Although tea seems harmless enough, it’s unsafe to induce labour without consulting your doctor or midwife. They may guide you to use the best drink for your condition or warn you to against trying it at all.
Like all herbal preparations, the effectiveness of these tea varieties is not thoroughly established. However, they are used by midwives and herbal healthcare providers as a natural way to induce labour.