I never knew much about herbs. Sometimes my mom had me take St. John’s Wort when I was feeling down, but I never understood why, or could tell if it made any kind of difference. Then I found out while pregnant with my third child I was severely anemic and if I didn’t get my iron levels up I was going to be at risk of hemorrhage. The crazy thing was, I knew my iron was low at the beginning and I had been taking iron supplements for months! I switched to a different brand, then retested. No difference.
At this point I was seriously worried. My midwife suggested drinking an infusion of herbs that included nettles, red raspberry leaves, and dandelion. I chugged that stuff all. day. long. for a few weeks and had my levels tested again. They were up! It was crazy how much better my body was absorbing the herb based iron instead of the traditional pills. Ever since then I’ve started learning more and more about herbs and how they can support our well being.
Here are five reasons why you need to start learning about herbs and how to use them: