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Herbs to Avoid

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Caution

Herbal supplements are readily available in capsule or tablet form in health shops and supermarkets. These should be clearly labelled and may contain cautions for pregnancy. It is strongly recommended that you check all herbal preparations with a qualified herbal practitioner regarding their safety before taking them.

The following herbs are not advised for use during pregnancy. Those marked * are safe to use only during childbirth itself.

  • Alder buckthorn
  • Angelica
  • Arbor vitae
  • Autumn crocus
  • Barberry
  • Basil oil
  • Black cohosh*
  • Blood root
  • Blue cohosh*
  • Broom
  • Cascara
  • Cotton root
  • Dang qui
  • Devil’s claw
  • Fern
  • Feverfew
  • Goldenseal*
  • Greater celandine
  • Juniper
  • Landy’s mantle
  • Life root
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Mistletoe
  • Motherwort
  • Mugwort*
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Pennyroyal*
  • Peruvian bark
  • Pokeroot
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sage
  • Sassafras
  • Senns
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Southernwood
  • Sweet flag
  • Tansy
  • Thyme
  • Tree of life
  • Vervain
  • Wormwood



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