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Herbal Ingredients

ALFALFA

Alfalfa is one of the most nutritious plants on earth due to its deep, wide-spread roots. Alfalfa contains powerful enzymes, Vitamins C & K, as well as important minerals such as copper, manganese and folate. While the plant has properties that can be advantageous for the stomach and digestive tract, Alfalfa has been known to promote the development of the glandular tissue of the breasts. This has been linked to an increase of milk production and fattier, thicker milk.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. Alfalfa is related to the legume and peanut families and should be avoided by anyone with an allergy to peanuts. Avoid using it if you have lupus or another autoimmune disorder.

Used in: Milky Maiden, Dairy Duchess.

ANISE

Anise is a traditional European seed that is used to help improve the flow of milk in nursing mothers and sooth colic or gassiness in babies.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. Do not use if you are allergic to anethole or plants in the Apiacaea/Carrot family.

Used in: Milky Maiden

ASHWAGANDHA

Ashwagandha is perhaps the most well known Ayurvedic herb and has been used for centuries for its “rejuvenating” properties. Ashwagandha reduces stress and anxiety by balancing cortisol (stress inducing hormone) levels and bringing a calming effect; rebuilding strength & vitality; supporting immune function through its richness in antioxidants; and increasing milk production!

Fun Fact: The word Ashwagandha literally means 'smell of a horse', but is often related more to 'strength of a horse' due to its ability to support strength & vitality.

Caution: Ashwagandha can lower blood sugar levels and stimulate thyroid function – if you are diabetic, hypoglycemic or if you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, consult your doctor.

Used in: Pumping Queen

BLACK SEED

Black Seed is a nutrient-packed seed and a rich source of fatty acids and protein. It has been traditionally used for its insulin-sensitizing and anti-inflammatory properties, however today, it is commonly used to stimulate the release of prolactin, promote the growth of mammary tissue, increase milk production and increase the breast refill rate so that the breast can get fuller, faster.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. It can lower blood sugar levels – if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, consult your doctor.

Used in: Lady Leche

BLESSED THISTLE

Blessed Thistle is a plant native to the Mediterranean from southern France to Iran and can be recognized by its hairy, dandelion-like leaves and it’s fuzzy, yellow blossoms. Breastfeeding mothers have been using this herb for centuries due to its powerful, hormone-balancing properties and its ability to enrich milk and increase milk flow. 

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. Do no use it if you are allergic to the Compositea or Asteraceae families (daisies, artichokes, kiwi, ragweed). 

Supplements used in: Milk GoddessMilky Maiden.

Drink Mixes used in: Lactation LeMOOnadePumpin' Punch, & Milky Melon.

FENNEL

Fennel is part of the carrot family, and it has yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is a well-known galactagogue (a substance that helps to increase breast milk supply) and has been used by nursing mothers for centuries. Fennel increases milk production and flow, stimulates the letdown reflex, enriches milk, stimulates mammary tissue growth and also acts as a digestive support for mom and baby to help ease colic and gassiness.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. Do not use if you are allergic to anethole or plants of the Apiaceae/Carrot family. 

Supplements used in: Lady Leche, Dairy Duchess.

Drink Mixes used in: Lactation LeMOOnadePumpin' Punch, & Milky Melon.

GOAT'S RUE

Goat's Rue is a powerful herb that works directly with mammary tissue to stimulate the production and flow of breast milk. If you would like assistance with your milk production, Goat’s Rue is one of the most potent herbs to support lactation. For centuries, this herb has been recommended for women with previous breast surgeries, moms who want to re-lactate and for adoptive moms.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. It can lower blood sugar levels – if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, consult your doctor.

Supplements used in: Milky Maiden

Drink Mixes used in: Lactation LeMOOnadePumpin' Punch, & Milky Melon.

MARSHMALLOW

Marshmallow is a herb that has been used for centuries for it’s medicinal purposes. One of the most common uses in ancient times was as a salve for inflamed skin, due to its nutritive properties. Nowadays, it is also used as a galactagogue (a substance that helps to increase breast milk supply), helping to increase and enrich breast milk. Marshmallow is usually combined with Goat’s Rue, Fennel and Alfalfa to encourage milk production by boosting the effects of other herbs.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. It can lower blood sugar levels – if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, consult your doctor.

Used in: Dairy Duchess

MILK THISTLE

Milk Thistle is a tall purple flowering plant with prickly spines. It has a long history of use in medicine and healing. For centuries, this plant has been used to treat health problems of the liver and gallbladder. Milk Thistle is a well-known galactagogue (a substance that helps to increase breast milk supply) through increasing milk production and stimulating mammary growth.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. Do not use it if you’re allergic to the Compositea or Asteraceae families (daisies, artichokes, kiwi, ragweed). It can stimulate thyroid function – if you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, consult your doctor. 

Used in: Lady Leche

MORINGA

Moringa is a nutritional powerhouse native to Asia and Africa that has been used as a cure-all in traditional societies since ancient times. Widely acknowledged to be the most nutrient-dense food in the world, Moringa leaves are rich in 5 essential vitamins & minerals including iron, calcium, vitamins A, E & K. It is also a complete source of plant protein with all 9 essential amino acids, high in fibre and contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidants. Moringa leaves are used to increase milk production, through stimulating the hormone prolactin, as well as enriching the mother’s milk.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. It can lower blood sugar levels – if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, consult your doctor.

Used in: Milk Goddess & Pumping Queen

SHATAVARI

Shatavari has its origins in India and has long been used as a restorative tonic for various female health issues. Shatavari increases the production of corticoids and prolactin, which improve the quality and the amount of breast milk produced by a lactating mother. It also stimulates the secretion of hormones to stimulate mammary gland growth. 

Fun Fact: Translated as 'having one hundred roots' and also referred to as meaning 'having one hundred husbands' Shatavari’s name gives reference to its traditional use as a rejuvenative tonic for the female reproductive system. 

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. Shatavari is part of the asparagus family and should be avoided by anyone with an allergy to asparagus.

Used in: Pumping Queen

STINGING NETTLE

Stinging Nettle is a weedy perennial plant of the nettle family. It is believed to support lactation by providing essential nutrients to a lactating mother. It is one of the most nutritious of the spring greens, containing high levels of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, vitamins B & K and essential amino acids.

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. It can stimulate thyroid function – if you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, consult your doctor.

Used in: Lady Leche

Torbangun

Torbangun is a traditional Indonesian herb that has been used as a traditional food to stimulate lactation for years. This herbal remedy is typically used in Sumatra by placing fresh leaves of Torbangun into a soup or stew. Increased milk production is the result of the plant’s high contents of iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Fun Fact: Studies have shown that the consumption of Torbangun leaves help with postpartum fatigue and the restoration of energy. The word, 'bangun' even means, “wake up!”

Caution: Not safe for use in pregnancy. It can lower blood sugar levels – if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, consult your doctor.

Used in: Milk Goddess