New mothers have turned to herbs for centuries to help encourage postpartum healing. To me, a warm mug of tea is calming and nourishing in a very chaotic time.
And yes, postpartum tea is different than tea formulated for breastfeeding and typically isn’t designed for milk production.
I made drinking recovery tea a part of my postpartum recovery, and it helped me feel cared for and – a little bit – more calm—something about a little daily ritual amongst the chaos and sleep deprivation to feel centered.
Thankfully, many motherhood brands have noticed how effective certain herbs are for new mothers and have created their postpartum teas with these powerful, soothing, and supportive herbs. We’ve rounded up our favorites.
Disclaimer: While the teas on this list are designed for postpartum, please consult your doctor if you have any questions or when starting any dietary supplements, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Are you curious how a postpartum recovery tea can help you heal after birth?
Using herbs and natural teas is a great way to jumpstart your postpartum healing process, as herbs are packed with essential nutrients, minerals, vitamins (including B vitamins), and more.
While every tea is different, most postpartum teas aim to:
Keep in mind that postpartum recovery tea is different than lactation tea. Lactation tea usually comprises unique herbs to help promote and encourage a healthy breastmilk supply and does little to address a new mother’s postpartum recovery.
Below, you’ll find ten of our favorite postpartum teas formulated for your recovery and healing. No matter which tea you choose, know that your postpartum deserves a moment or two of calm, and we hope these teas help encourage that!
Organic | Family-owned | Small Business
An organic red raspberry leaf tea blend to specifically support new moms in their after-birth recovery, the Postpartum Healing Tea by Mama Meals is a robust blend of all-organic herbs like nettles, red raspberry leaf, oat straw, and red clover blossom.
Personally, we love how intentional Mama Meals is in everything they create to support moms after birth. I’ve ordered their postpartum meals before for a friend after her birth and was blown away by the quality and thoughtfulness of the ingredients.
This postpartum tea is no exception.
Organic | Biodegradable Sachets
Inside the Pink Stork Recovery Tea blend formulated by a team of herbalists, you’ll find oat straw, chamomile, red raspberry, dandelion leaf, and more.
We love this postpartum tea by Bamboobies because it’s designed to balance hormones and mood and contains ashwagandha and chamomile, oat straw, and licorice root.
Organic | Biodegradable Sachets | Made by Midwives
Created by midwives, this tasty Iron Booster Tea blend helps to increase your iron levels during postpartum recovery. This is your new favorite tea if you seek to boost your iron levels naturally using organic ingredients. Plus, the packaging is gorgeous and a treat in itself.
The Oat Mama Spiced Pear postpartum tea contains turmeric, red raspberry leaf, oat straw, and more to promote more restful sleep, reduce anxious feelings, and decrease inflammation.
Containing lemon balm, chamomile, oat straw, red raspberry leaf, and more, this Citrus Chamomile Earth Mama Organics postpartum tea is specifically designed to promote peace and calm during postpartum healing.
Created with stinging nettle, lavender, chamomile, and more, this uplifting Lime Tea by Pink Stork will help naturally boost your mood and energy levels without caffeine or other stimulating herbs.
Organic | Biodegradable Sachets | Contains Caffeine
Designed to promote healing and increased energy levels after birth, this Bamboobies Black Cherry postpartum tea contains green tea (caffeine), oat straw, red raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, and more.
This is your best choice if you’re looking for an extra energy boost.
Organic | Loose Leaf
Formulated by hand with herbs such as stinging nettle, oat straw, calendula, lemon balm, and more, this Stinging Nettle postpartum tea by Junebug Essentials is packed with nutrients for life after birth. Plus, supporting small business is always a good idea.
This Lemon Balm and Peppermint tea blend contains the least herbs (five) on our list, but it still packs a powerful punch. You’ll find peppermint, red raspberry leaf, lemon balm, alfalfa leaf, and stinging nettle.
While it’s always best to consult your doctor when adding new herbs into your diet – especially if you’re breastfeeding – there are some well-known ingredients to avoid or look out for in your postpartum teas.
If you’re nursing, here’s a helpful breastmilk interactions chart to better understand everyday interactions with herbs and milk supply.
Thanks to being packed with vitamins and minerals, herbs are a powerful and natural way to encourage postpartum recovery.
Check out the list below for some of our favorite healing herbs. The below list is not exhaustive, just some of our top picks.
This herb – stinging nettle leaf – is a must-have in any postpartum tea. Nettle is research-backed to help decrease inflammation, act as a diuretic (goodbye, excess pregnancy fluid), and strengthen your adrenal function.
It contains vitamins A, C, and K, plentiful minerals, and even fats.
Used to promote feelings of calm and relaxation, the herb oat straw is essential during postpartum. Oat straw also naturally contains high levels of calcium and magnesium – two essential nutrients postpartum women need.
This postpartum herb is quite possibly one of our favorites. It’s rooted in Ayurveda and is considered an adaptogenic herb, meaning it can help your body adapt to and regulate stress.
Ashwagandha is a potent anti-inflammatory that can help naturally promote energy levels without caffeine or stimulants.
One study suggests that lemon balm postpartum can help “reduce the incidence rate of the baby blues…without the possible development of side effects.” It may also ease feelings of tension, stress, and anxious thoughts and promote a better night of rest.
Lemon balm is also known as Melissa.
This herb can help improve digestion by adding warmth to the body after birth and restoring crucial depleted mineral stores. Moringa contains protein, vitamin A, potassium, Vitamin C, and more.
And thanks to the abundant nutrients in magnesium, some mothers even claim it can help with pesky postpartum hair loss.
*Note: While you’ll find that many of the postpartum teas on our list contain the herbs listed above, Moringa is not found in the postpartum teas listed below. You can purchase it separately or take it in capsule form.
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