Which Herbs should you avoid during Pregnancy & Lactation? Find out here from a certified Herbalist

Updated: Sep 15


WHICH HERBS SHOULD YOU AVOID: During #pregnancy and #lactation [This information is brought to you by our Organizations official Herbalist Affiliate: Herblore] The lists below are not all-inclusive, but will provide a general guideline of some of the most commonly used western herbs that should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. When used in cooking, occasional use of the culinary herbs listed below is considered safe.

Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy:

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Alkanet

Aloe vera

American pennyroyal

Angelica Root

Artemesias of any sort

Ashwaganda

Barberry

Basil

Beebalm

Beth Root

Birthroot

Black Cohosh

Black Walnut

Bladderwrack

Blessed Thistle

Bloodroot

Blue Cohosh

Blue Flag

Blue Lobelia

Blue Vervain

Boneset

Borage

Buchu

Buckthorn

Bugleweed

Burdock Root

Butcher's Broom

Butternut

Calendula

California Poppy

California Spikenard

Camphor

Canadian snakeroot

Cascara Sagrada

Cassia

Castor

Catnip

Celandine

Celery

Chaparral

Chervil

Chinese goldenthread

Chinese motherwort

Chinese rhubarb

Cinnamon

Coltsfoot

Comfrey Leaf

Comfrey Root

Cornflower

Corydalis

Cotton Root Bark

Culver's root

Cyanthula

Damiana

Dong Quai

Dyer's broom

Elecampane

European Pennyroyal

European Vervain

Ephedra

False Unicorn

Fenugreek

Feverfew

Forsythia

Fritillary

Ginger (in large amounts)

Ginseng (Siberian Ginseng aka Eleuthero is fine, except for those with high blood pressure)

Goldenseal

Goldenthread

Gotu Kola

Hops

Horehound

Horse Chestnut

Horsetail

Hyssop

Inmortal

Ipecac

Jamaican Dogwood

Japansese arisaema

Jatamansi

Job's tears

Joe-Pye weed

Jujube seeds

Juniper Berry

Kava Kava Root

Kelp

Lemon Balm

Lemon Grass

Licorice Root

Lobelia

Lomatium

Lovage

Lycium

Ma-Huang

Mace

Magnolia

Maidenhair Fern

Male Fern

Marijuana

Mistletoe

Motherwort

Mugwort

Myrrh

Nutmeg

Ocotillo

Oregon Grape Rt.

Osha Root

PN6 Capsules/Tea

Parsley

Pau 'd Arco

Peach leaves, seeds

Pennyroyal, of any sort

Phellodendron bark

Pinellia

Pleurisy Root

Poke Root

Prickly Ash

Psoralea

Purging Buckthorn

Purslane

Quassia

Quinine

Red Clover

Red Root

Rosemary

Rue (Ruta graveolens)

Safflower

Saffron

Sage

Sarsaparilla

Sassafras

Saw Palmetto

Scouring Rush

Seneca Snakeroot

Senna

Shepherd’s Purse

Silk Tree

Skunk Cabbage

Small Spikenard

Southernwood

Spikenard

St. John’s Wort

Sumac

Sweet Annie

Tansy

Thuja

Thyme

Tree Peony bark

Trichosanthes

Turkey Rhubarb

Turmeric

Uva Ursi

Vetiver

Vitex (please see link for details)

Watercress

Wild Carrot

Wild Cherry Bark

Wild Indigo

Willow Bark (including White Willow)

Wormwood

Yarrow

Zedoary

Any herb used as a laxative


Herbs to Avoid During Lactation:

Alkanet

Aloes

Aloe vera

Artemesias (all varieties)

Barberry Root

Basil

Black Cohosh

Black Walnut

Bladderwrack

Bloodroot

Blue Cohosh

Blue Flag

Boldo

Borage

Buchu

Buckthorn fruit

Bugleweed

Cascara Sagrada

Castor been seed oil

Cat's Claw root

Celandine root and leaves

Chaparral

Chinese Rhubarb

Cinchona bark

Coltsfoot

Comfrey Leaf

Comfrey Root

Coptis rhizome

Devil's Claw

Dulse

Dyer's Broom

Elecampane

Ephedra

European Pennyroyal herb

Ginseng (Siberian Ginseng aka Eleuthero is fine, except for those with high blood pressure)

Goldenseal (internal use in jaundiced newborns)

Guarana

Gymnemna

Hellebore (all varieties)

Hemp agrimony herb

Horse Chestnut

Horsetail

Jamaican Dogwood

Joe-Pye weed

Juniper Berry

Kava Kava Root

Kelp

Licorice Root

Life root herb

Lobelia

Ma-Huang

Madder root

Male fern rhizome

Meadow saffron corm and seed

Meadowsweet herb

Mistletoe (all varieties)

Mugwort

Myrrh

Oregon Grape Root (in jaundiced newborns)

Parsley (decreases breastmilk production)

Pennyroyal (all varieties)

Petasites rhizome

Pleurisy Root

Prickly Ash bark

Pulsatilla herb

Purging buckthorn

Queen's root

Rauwolflia root

Rockweed thallus

Rue (this is a different herb than Goat's Rue)

Sage (decreases breastmilk production)

Sarsaparilla

Saw Palmetto

Seaweed thallus

Senna leaves and pods

Southern Prickly Ash bark

Star Anise

Stillingia

Stoneseed herb

Sumac

Tansy

Thuja leaves

Turkey Rhubarb

Uva Ursi

Wild Cherry Bark

Willow bark (including White Willow)

Wintergreen leaves

Wormwood


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