I recently made a tincture for myself for stomach issues. I know how beneficial a tincture can be when a mom chooses to have one made from her own placenta. When you make a tincture from herbs or part of the placenta it is so concentrated from sitting in the solution for 6 weeks that the benefits of the tinctured item can be so magnified. I put together a few plants that would benefit my stomach issues, help with retaining extra fluids and to strengthen my immune system to keep my healthy for my clients. What I found was some awesome results. A few drops into my tea or under my tongue and washed down with a little water cleared up my horrible stomach ache. I am severely lactose intolerant, I also have colitis and IBS (I know it can be a volatile situation which is why I need relief).
My wanting to create this tincture stemmed from my making the placenta tinctures.
Placenta tincture can be made by itself or in addition to your capsules. It will be around and in perfect condition long after your capsules are gone. By tincturing a small piece of the placenta in a high grade alcohol, you can prolong the benefits of your placental hormones. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress and during menopause and ease your symptoms. Also, this tincture can be given to baby/children (see placenta encapsulation blog).
In most situations mom is able to keep her own placenta to bring to a placenta specialist for it to be preserved in the way she desires. Even moms that have had multiples, minor labor issues (inductions, preemie, etc.) and of course, Cesarean Section should be able to own & take their placenta. As a matter of fact, having your placenta encapsulated when recovering from a C-Section or a birth with interventions may help speed up your recovery. You will have to sign a release. More about placenta preservation will be in one of our other blogs.
A tincture is typically an alcoholic extract of plant or animal material or solution of such or of a low volatility substance. To qualify as an alcoholic tincture, the extract should have an ethanol percentage of at least 25–60% (50–120 US Proof). Sometimes an alcohol concentration as high as 90% (180 US proof) is used in such a tincture. In herbal medicine, alcoholic tinctures are made with various ethanol concentrations, 25% being the most common. The reason for the alcohol is to preserve the contents indefinitely. That means it can be stored on your shelf in a cool place (no need for refrigeration) as long as you need it.
Your vision of birth probably did not include having surgery. You were thinking natural, unmedicated, maybe even home birth and now your having a C-Section. You may feel uneasy about this but for whatever reason it's the only choice to keep things safe (I won't go into reasons). Your partner is even more terrified and may not be able to handle seeing you going through this. You may have had a great doula picked out and now your thinking, "Well, we should probably tell the doula we no longer need her <<sad face>>". NO WAY! She can be the key to you and your partner having the greatest outcome possible. So get a freshstart with your C-section and choose a great doula.
Firstly, once you know your having a C-section, find your local ICAN chapter and start attending monthly meetings. At these meetings you will learn from other moms how to cope with this news. They share stories, outcomes and you may be able to connect with a mom that you can call or message regularly just to talk or vent.
When you meet with your doula you form a bond that you can feel comfortable with. You can contact her with questions that can arise during the pregnancy. She will attend doctor's appointments to form a great working bond with them too. You will go over an extensive plan that will include some different situations that may arise during and right after your surgery so that you will be prepared and not shocked IF/WHEN baby would get transferred to another hospital for medical reasons. A doula will help you deal with your flowing emotions about the surgery in general and will be able to offer reassurance and answers to your partner on what to expect. Your partner may decide that they absolutely do not think they can handle being in the operating room and maybe it would be more comforting that your doula be in there with you to take off any pressure.
A doula can tell you of your options that you have during the C-section. She can inform you of your rights as to these different options. Such things could be the type of sutures you receive, maybe you would prefer that the staff keep their conversations to a minimum (unless it is about the procedure), maybe it would calm you down to hear a lot of others talking so you don't focus on the procedure. A doula can provide evidence based answers to questions you will have on your surgery. You don't have to go in and succumb to what they say is a normal everyday task and lay there and be uncomfortable.
Once baby is out your doula can stay with you (If allowed by the physician) while your partner takes pictures of baby and stays with baby to monitor the procedures you have agreed to. Your partner may choose to stay with baby if baby needs to go to the NICU at a different facility. Your doula can stay with you while you remain on the operating table.
Once you are back into recovery after your gentle C-section and baby is fine your doula will definitely be able to come in and assist you with skin-to-skin and initiating breastfeeding. While in recovery you may still be laying flat and find it near impossible to hold baby and breastfeed on your own so having a professional will be the key to success.
Bottom line on having a doula in your corner for any birth and especially one that can be potentially disconcerting is that she works directly for you not for the facility. You will be given such great care during your prenatal visits that you can feel a lot more reassured that this WILL be ok! Your partner will have someone other than you to complain (yes, they might) and chat with. You will receive one-on-one care at all times with your doula (unlike busy hospital staff). You TOO, will have someone you can complain to (venting is allowed). A doula provides emotional support as well as physical support.
Lisa D. Kehoe IBCLC, CLD, CPD serving all clients in the Rockford, Illinois and all surrounding areas. She started Oh Baby Mine in January of 2011 and has served and treated hundreds of parents in the area. She does home, hospital, birthing center births. As a postpartum doula she loves to serve and educate all parents to care for their new addition. With extensive advanced education in the field of breastfeeding she brings the best support to your birthing experience.
She has two children of her own that were born completely natural and unmedicated. Breastfeeding was completely successful also. Those are the main reasons she chose to serve families acheive as natural a birth experience possible. Lisa is a professional member of ICAN.
Amber is not a “stone” but a natural resin. So as it warms with the body’s natural temperature, amber releases its healing oils (these oils contain succinic acid) which are easily absorbed into the skin and then into the bloodstream. Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and it's presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways.
Amber is also known to reduce inflammation of the throat, ear and stomach and to fight irritation, infections and respiratory disease as it dramatically improves the body’s immunity. Natural amber beaded necklaces are a completely non-invasive remedy for side effects associated with teething, such as lack of appetite, upset tummies, ear ache, fevers and colds. Baltic amber is also a natural analgesic that will calm your child and is recognized by allopathic medicine specialists as antispasmodic and anti-fever. Many adults report improvement of arthritis discomfort in their hands when wearing amber on the wrists. Baltic amber facts
•Amber is a fossilized tree resin that has taken millions of years to form.
•Baltic amber is the only fossil resin that contains 3-8 % succinic acid, a medicinal substance with diverse effects. The highest content of the acid is found in the amber cortex--the external layer of the stone.
•Raw Baltic amber comes in diverse forms drops , icicles, dripstones and nuggets of various sizes, which show how it was formed and how it travelled – each piece is totally unique.
•Amber has a great diversity of color varieties, most common being cognac, honey, green, lemon, golden, butterscotch.
•Highly prized and greatly valued, amber will sometimes appear with inclusions that date back to its origination…a tiny piece of plant or a fragile insect that became part of the flowing resin and therefore preserved millions of years ago.
•Amber nuggets are warmer than other stones and when rubbed, they attract bits of dry grass and paper, as amber becomes electrically charged. It charges negatively, which is beneficial for people.
•Amber nuggets burn when lit, with a bright yellow flame, exuding a pleasant resinous scent.
•Baltic amber is alive, as the process of its internal transformations continues and it is beneficial to human beings.
How can Baltic amber help us?
Providing pain relief –
Baltic amber’s remarkable medicinal properties include analgesics that reduce or eliminate pain associated with headaches, joint stiffness, dental discomfort such as teething, etc.
Strengthening your immune system –
Succinic acid is the primary substance in natural Baltic Amber and has remarkable ability to boost the body’s immune system, to enhance natural healing, and to protect the body from infection.
Restoring Energy –
Succinate is a raw material and a major catalyst in the Krebs Cycle, one of our main sources of energy. During this cycle, our bodies metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for energy. metabolized for energy. Our own bodies naturally produce the same succinic acid to some extent. Succinic acid contains salt which is one of the key substances in cellular respiration as well as intercellular energy production. As a result, succinic acid restores both oxygen and energy to depleted cells and aids the body in returning to a normal, fully functional state.
Maintaining Wellness -
Under stress or duress, the human body’s cells require more oxygen more quickly. A lack of oxygen can result in lethargy as oxygen is vital to the intercellular creation of energy. When the body has low oxygen, it is much more at risk of illness. A healthy body is one that has a slightly alkaline blood “ph” balance which means that oxygen is being fully absorbed in all the critical areas with ease.
Breaking a cycle of (chronic) inflammation -
Whenever there is any form of chronic inflammation, disease is a good probability. With chronic cellular inflammation, the body’s immune system will automatically increase production of free radicals which can, in excess, cause inflammatory-related disease. Chronic inflammation is quite of the underlying factor in many seemingly unrelated illnesses.
Putting Amber to work for you –
Wearing natural Baltic amber jewelry may not cure everything that ails you but it has definitely proven itself as a deterrent to pain and unwanted illnesses. Why not put Amber to work for you in helping your body feel better and stay healthy?
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