FEATURE: Feeling Frisky? Herbs For Fertility

For thousands of years knowledge of the herbs and wild plants that could increase fertility were the secrets of the village wise women. But after the holocaust against European Wise Women (the “burning times”) and the virtual extermination of Native American medicine women, this knowledge virtually disappeared. In fact, many people erroneously believe that “primitive people” had no means of controlling the likelihood of pregnancy. Nothing could be further from the truth.Many common plants can be used to influence fertility, including red clover, partridge berry, liferoot, wild carrot, and wild yam. Some of these grow wild, others are easy to cultivate, and, with the exception of wild carrot, all are also readily available at health food stores.One of the most cherished of the fertility-increasing plants is red clover (Trifolium pratense). Common in fields and along roadsides, it has bright pink (not really red) blossoms from mid-summer into the chilly days of fall. A favorite flower of the honeybees, the tops (blossoms and appending leaves) are harvested on bright sunny days and eaten as is, or dried for medicinal use. The raw blossoms are delicious in salads and nutritious when cooked with grains such as rice or millet.

 

To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won’t work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of red clover infusion.

It is especially helpful if there is scarring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses, abnormal cells in the reproductive tract, or “unexplained” infertility. It may take several months for the full effect of this herb to come on and pregnancy may not occur until you have used it for a year or two. You can improve the taste by including some dried peppermint (a spoonful or two) along with the dried clover blossoms when making your infusion. Treat the father of the child-to-be to some red clover infusion too!That little evergreen creeper that carpets some parts of the woods around your house is partridge berry (Mitchella repens), also known as squaw weed, supposedly because of its ability to enhance fertility. (My teacher Twylah Nitsch, grandmother of the Seneca Wolf clan, says that “squaw”is a slang term meaning “schmuck”or, in the proper term, “penis,” and therefore should not be used in denoting a plant meant to be used by women.) Keep an eye out this spring and see if you can catch Mitchella blooming. Then you’ll see why she’s sometimes called “twin flower.”

Interestingly, when the paired flowers fall off, they leave behind but one berry to ripen. (The shiny red berries you’ve noticed in the forest winter or spring. Yes, they are safe to eat, but leave some for the partridges.) The symbolism of two flowers forming one berry is certainly a suitable icon for fertility. I make a medicinal vinegar by filling a small jar with the fresh leaves, adding apple cider vinegar until the jar is full again. A piece of waxed paper held in place with a rubber band and a label (including date) completes the preparation, which must sit at room temperature for six weeks before use. I enjoy up to a tablespoonful of the vinegar on my salads or in my beans.By mid- to late-May, the yellow blossoms of liferoot (Senecio aureus) enliven my swamp (in upstate New York) and the neighboring roads where there is adequate water and rich soil. A powerful medicine resides in all parts of this lovely wildflower. As the root has a dangerous reputation, I restrict myself to using only the flowers and leaves, which I harvest in bloom, and quickly tincture. (For instructions for making your own tinctures, please see any of my books.) Small doses of this tincture (3-8 drops a day), taken at least 14 days out of the month, will regulate hormone production, increase libido, normalize the menses, relieve menstrual pain, and improve fertility. The closely related Senecia jacobea and Senecio vulgaris can also be used.

Wild carrot (Daucus carota), better known as Queen Anne’s lace, is such a common roadside plant that most people are amazed to learn that it is a proven anti-fertility herb. In addition to being the wild cousin of carrot, it is related to parsley, dill, caraway, anise, celery, cumin, and a (now extinct) plant whose seeds were the birth-control of choice for many a classical Greek or Roman woman.

The aromatic seeds of wild carrot are collected in the fall and eaten (a heaping teaspoonful a day) to prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg. In one small study the effectiveness rate after thirteen months of use was 99%. As modern scientific medicine reports that one-third of all fertilized eggs are passed out of the body without implanting in the uterus, this method of birth control seems in complete agreement with nature.

Of the hundreds of women currently using this anti-fertility agent, I have heard virtually no reports of any side-effects. Note that many books caution you to beware the danger of confusing poison hemlock and wild carrot. Poison hemlock is rather scarce in our area, and, at any rate, does not smell or taste of carrot (as does Queen Anne’s lace), so I believe this warning to be a red herring. In addition, wild carrot leaves have small hairs on them, while the leaves of poison hemlock are smooth.Another anti-fertility herb that has been tested by small groups of modern women is wild yam (Dioscorea villosa). Since birth-control pills were originally made from this plant, it is not at all surprising that it has the effect of blocking conception when taken daily in rather large doses: either a cup of tea or two capsules taken three times a day.

Does it have detrimental effects? Current studies are too small to show any, but there is a possibility that there could be. Interestingly enough, if wild yam is taken in small doses (a cup of tea or 10-20 drops of the tincture daily from onset of menses until mid-period) it increases fertility! In either case, the effect seems to be triggered by the large amount of hormone-like substances found in this root. When taken daily, these substances may be converted into progesterone, thus decreasing the possibility of conception. When taken for the two weeks preceding ovulation, these substances may be converted into LH and FSH, hormones that are needed to make the egg ready to be fertilized.Other common weeds and garden plants of our area that have been used to increase or decrease fertility include stinging nettle, oatstraw, pennyroyal, Jack-in-the-pulpit, rue, and parsley.

The earth is full of wonders, and green magic abounds. As more and more women remember that they are wise women, more of the wonders and the magic will be revealed. May your days be filled with many green blessings.


 

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    Q: Please send me more information on your fertility kit for women. I have secondary infertility and possibly Poly Cystic Ovaries (hair on chin, acne, etc). Thank you for your time.

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    Please read our article on â€IMPOTENCE INFERTILITY AND STERILITYâ€. It is very detailed!

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    Birth control pills play a big role in female reproductive cancers. Women would be wise to just accept the fact that they are female by nature and God made them to have (deliver) babies and they should stop trying to compete with and be like men. In attempting to stop or prevent life (birth control), they are ending up losing their very own lives. And the birth control pills cause cancer in areas of the body that denote femininity (breasts, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus and vagina). This is a form of language here. You have disease and female organ(s) which basically means your disease is specifically related to an issue of femaleness or femininity, that's why the disease manifests in these "female" organs. In attempting to be like and compete with males, females compromise their feminine integrity and goddess nature which "eats them up" (anger, frustration, sadness, etc.) inside. When the cancer appears in any female organ, it serves as a sign or sensor that the problem lies on a deeper metaphysical level pertaining to emotions, thoughts and attitude."

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    In re your inquiry, you don't have to take any parasite herbs. Just go to your herbal prenatal.

    Take the following formulas for the FIRST TRIMESTER in order to optimize your pregnancy.

    Pre-Natal Formula (3 capsules)

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    I would recommend you first perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE followed by the FERTILITY CLEANSE kit. These kits will help to unblock your fallopian tubes. Perform one kit at a time and consecutively.

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    Q: I originally came to this site looking for the body cleanse I heard about on the radio. Once I started to read up on the products offered I noticed that there is a special packet for fertility which my husband and I are dealing with now. Am I able to take the body cleanse and the fertility kit at the same time? Or do I just need to body detox since that addresses fertility and a lot of other issues I have concerns about? My husband has had 2 kidney stone removal surgeries in the past and just recently we went back to the doc because he is experiencing lower back pain again. What do you suggest for him?

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    Our Fertility Kit is 100% organic (natural) and does not only work on one level (i.e. HCG), but all hormonal levels in addition to balancing, strengthening, and toning the hormonal system. All hormones are raised to their necessary level with our fertility kit and regimen.

    It is unnatural to inject anything into the human body. It's a disrespect to the body which is perfectly qualified to do what it was designed to do if you just give the body what it needs.

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    Take the Female Health tea along with the kit to enhance its effect and the chances of conception.

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    You both should have stared with the FULL BODY DETOX and then you should have performed the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE followed by the FERTILITY CLEANSE and he with the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE followed by another FULL BODY DETOX. If the conception is important the bad habits (smoking) needs to cease. They offer no benefit whatsoever. Please read our articles â€SMOKING†and â€THE BLUNT FACTS ON MARIJUANA†as well as â€IMPOTENCE INFERTILITY AND STERILITYâ€.

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    Q: I would like to know more about the fertility herbs. Where can I research this information? Also how can I find a herbalist doctor.

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    YES, FIRST PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX, THEN THE ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, THEN THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, AND THEN THE FERTILITY CLEANSE.

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    A: We would recommend several products to help address the things you're looking to achieve. We suggest starting off with the Full Body Cleanse. By detoxing all of your major organs and eliminating accumulated waste and toxins; you're giving your body a reset into functioning the way it should. The body is always more receptive to conceiving when your overall health is in a better place. We suggest taking the Breast Formula after cleansing to help enhance the breast tissues. The Bunny Rabbit formula can help improve your sex drive and can assist with vaginal dryness. You can take these two supplements together, just be sure to allow 1-2 hours in between taking each formula. We would recommend using a natural lubricant like coconut oil as a lubrication. You can always move on to the Fertility Cleanse if needed. Vaginal dryness - https://www.dherbs.com/news/4649/4669/Vaginal-Dryness/d,ai.html Products Links: Full Body Cleanse -http://www.dherbs.com/store/full-body-detox-p-1.html Female Breast Formula -https://www.dherbs.com/store/female-breasts-formula-p-30.html Bunny Rabbit -http://www.dherbs.com/store/bunny-rabbit-p-347.html Fertility Cleanse -http://www.dherbs.com/store/fertility-kit-and-regimen-p-230.html

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    Q: I am infertile because of two blocked fallopian tubes. Will your fertility kit (3 week package) help me?

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    Yes, the Fertility Kit will help you, but blocked tubes denotes mucus clogging the tubes. So before performing the fertility kit, we highly recommend that you detoxify your body first with the Full Body Cleanse; and after detoxing we recommend doing the Fertility Kit and Regimen

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    Q: Greetings! Is it OK to take the Fertility Cleanse and Fibroid Buster Cleanse at the same time? You mention that dairy products are not good for the body due to the hormonal chemicals. Is organic milk OK? Lastly, do you offer discounts for multiple product purchases and combined shipping? The two products I am interested in are very pricey $199 & $135. If you have any sales or discounts available I would be very grateful!!

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    We don't advise taking 2 cleanses together (too many capsules to consume)! Perform one at a time! If you order all at once we can give you a 10% discount (but you'll have to call in your order when you are ready to order). Organic milk is just as bad as regular milk!

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    Q: I want to purchase the FERTILITY CLEANSE but, I want to know If I should perform the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE or the FULL BODY DETOX first.

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    We recommend that people detox with the FULL BODY DETOX first. After the detox, you can start the FERTILITY CLEANSE.

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    Q: I want to know what is the difference in using the Wild Alum Root Powder for douching in reference to my prolapsed uterus problem vs. using the FEMALE HEALTH TEA Product that you sell. I would like to know so that I am able to know why and when to use a particular herbal product that will be better for my situation. Your clarity on this for my education will greatly appreciate. Thanks for your time and do have a wonderful day/evening upon receipt of this email. Thanks again for any clarity you can provide so I will better understand why you suggested and advised me to use the Female Health Tea.

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    There's really no difference: it's just that wild alum is one herb (and a very good) and the tea I recommended has more herbs which have an affinity for female organs. Both can be used or one over the other.

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    Q: What Can I Do To Increase My Fertility So As To Get Pregnant?

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    First, perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE and lastly the FERTILITY CLEANSE. After these cleanses, perform the FEMALE SEXUAL REJUVENATION KIT. After this kit is performed, take 3 capsules daily of BUNNY RABBIT, FECUNDITY , and drink 1 cup of FEMALE HEALTH TEA daily. Though optional, we highly recommend our APHRODISIAC INSPIRANT for use throughout the day or as needed. It is highly suggested that you read and re-read our MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL during your cleanses and even off your cleanses. Visualize yourself pregnant, belly protruding and all, and even shopping for baby clothes. If you're really bold and daring, start buying baby clothes and supplies right now. If you see the baby in your mind and buy what the baby needs NOW, the baby will come! Also read our article entitled "IMPOTENCE INFERTILITY AND STERILITY" in our articles section on our website. Dedicate at least 3 days out of the week for intimacy and sexual intercourse. There's no conception absent sex, so engage in plenty of good steamy sex. A vegan/raw foods diet is best to enhance fertility.

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    Q: I am now on the FULL BODY DETOX. I want to do the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, the FERTILITY CLEANSE, the FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME,, the ANTI-VIRAL FORMULA, FECUNDITY . Please in which order should I take these products, also the cholesterol busters, and the fluid busters. Thank You

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    Take them in this order: 1. ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, 2. FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME, 3. TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, 4. FERTILITY CLEANSE, 5. Then as a daily maintenance CHOLESTEROL BUSTER, FLUID BUSTER, and FECUNDITY (taking 3 capsules daily of each formula).