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Congratulations! You are on the journey to try and conceive. This time can be very exciting and to some can become quickly frustrating. Below you will learn the basics of what TTC is, I hope this information proves helpful and that your journey is a quick success!
Body’s Natural Cycle
Your cycle begins each month with the first day of your period. That’s right, your cycle begins with aunt flo’s visit. This is what is referred to as calendar day 1 (CD1) of your monthly cycle. Around CD7, The pituitary gland releases Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and a little bit of Leutinizing Hormone (LH) that begin to ripen an egg in your follicle. As the eggs ripen over approximately 7 days, they secrete more and more estrogen into the bloodstream. Estrogen causes the lining of the uterus to thicken. It causes the cervical mucus to change. When the estrogen level reaches a certain point, the pituitary will release a large amount of LH. This surge of LH triggers the one most mature follicle to burst open and release an egg at approximately CD14, (remember, all women are different, if we were the same, we wouldn’t have to measure these things). The release of the egg is called ovulation, and the time between ovulation and your next menstrual period is called your luteal phase. The luteal phase lasts for about 14 days. After the egg is released, the LH levels sharply drop off and progesterone levels in the body rise in case your body will need to support a pregnancy. Progesterone causes a rise in body temperature, so if you’re watching your temperatures, you can tell if the egg has been released by an increase in body temperature. If implantation and pregnancy occur, the body temperature will remain high because progesterone continues to be secreted. If implantation and pregnancy do not occur, the progesterone production decreases and the uterus of the lining will shed itself in your monthly menstruation.
Oatstraw: Use any age any time. Tisane or tincture. High in nutrients esp calcium & magnesium. PMS/irritability relief, UTI, calcium deficiencies, toxin absorbant.
Rosemary: Safe at all times. Aromatic = sedative effect. Mild antiseptic.
Chamomile: Use any age any time. Strongest effect on liver and kidneys, toxin purge. Relaxant especially in children, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea, UTI, headaches, PMS cramps, regulates menstrual flow.
Gingko bilboa: Use any age/gender, as often as desired. Active principles wear off in 8hrs. Decreases blood clotting, increases circulation = avoid use while taking blood clotting aid.
Lavender: Safe at all times. Bath, tisane, tincture. Relaxant in physical symptoms caused by stress, eg migraine. Tonic to the nervous system. Causes sweating and reduces fever as tisane.
Peppermint: Safe at all times. Catalyst, or activator. Internal = digestive, heartburn, colds and flu, headaches, dizziness, dysmenorrhea, nausea. External = fatigue, headache, muscle pain, itching, toothache, congestion.
Passionflower: Safe at all times. Tincture or tisane, or poultice for cuts and bruises. Mild sedative; balances nervous system; soothes muscle spasm. Anxiety, tension, cough, hyperactivity, high blood pressure.
White willow bark: NOT safe for pregnant women. Tincture, tisane. What asprin was originally made of, but will not thin the blood. Pain relief, fevers, inflammation.
Fennel seed: Use cooking, tisane, chew seeds. Infant colic, digestion, diuretic, milk production increase, breath sweetener, mild appetite suppressant.
Anise seed: Very similar to fennel. Same uses in menstrual cramp relief. Colic relief.
Feverfew: Bitter taste in tisane. NOT for use during pregnancy or nursing. Local poultice for sting/bite relief. Eases inflammation, migraine, lowers blood pressure. Blood clotting agent.
Mama's blend: contains red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, nettles, peppermint. Safe at all times, especially women's use TTC, pregnant or nursing. Nutritionally high. Nettles = blood clotting, so may be helpful to replace nettles for gingko during menses.
(Note: I am also making a Mama's blend tincture for a stronger impact use, or use on days I prefer to drink another tisane.)
Cough blend: licorice root, ginger root, red clover tops. Expectorant, antispasmodic, circulation increased. NOT for use during pregnancy or nursing. May elevate estrogen with prolonged use.
Dr Cinnamon blend: (this is my version of Shoshanna's) cinnamon, orange peel, green tea, gingko, red raspberry leaf. Great morning blend.
Good Luck with Your Trying To Conceive Journey. May it be short, sweet, and filled with lots of love, laughter, and friendship.
A BIG thank you to *Kiliki* for my beautiful siggy!