A Naturopath Shares: Three Herbs for Postpartum Recovery

Herbal medicines can be a safe and effective way to support yourself in postpartum. Discover these breastfeeding-friendly postpartum herbs for recovery.

Did you know that new moms can use herbs to encourage sleep, reduce feelings of stress and anxiousness, and more during the postpartum period?

For many moms, it can feel empowering to have natural herbal remedies to turn to while navigating this delicate recovery period. Keep reading to read what herbs I often suggest to my naturopathic patients during their postpartum period.

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Three herbs to support postpartum recovery

1. Passionflower

Passionflower is one of my favorite herbs to use in the postpartum period especially if anxiety is associated with difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Passionflower is known as a nervine, which means that it has a calming and relaxing effect. It has been shown to be as effective as prescription anxiety medications in the treatment of anxiety.

2. Skullcap

Skullcap is another herb in the nervine category. This herb helps to decrease stress and anxiety and helps with sleep issues, especially when insomnia is due to worry and nervous irritability (hello, postpartum!).

I will often use this herb in a blend and by itself to help support stress and anxiety in the postpartum period. This herb is super safe and can be used while breastfeeding.

3. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb meaning that it helps your body adapt to stress. It works via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) to help modulate the stress hormone that the body produces.

Ashwagandha is my favorite herb to use for postpartum women because I find that it helps to support normal energy but also works really well for regulating postpartum anxiety and depression.

Download the PDF: herbs to use in postpartum

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Dr. Emily Lesnak
Dr. Emily Lesnak

Naturopathic Physician

Studying abroad in South Africa introduced Dr. Emily Lesnak to healers who addressed patients' physical, mental, and emotional aspects to achieve true health. She knew this was exactly the type of doctor she wanted to become. Dr. Emily Lesnak is currently a naturopathic physician at West Seattle Natural Medicine, focusing on pediatrics, natural fertility, and postpartum care. She’s known for her approachable, down to earth style. Dr. Emily is a graduate of Bastyr University, where she completed three years of residency and has been in private practice for five years. She has also been named as Seattle Met Top Doctor for three consecutive years.

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