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Bay Leaf Combats Thrush

by Carol

December 2009

When my son was 4 months old he developed thrush in his mouth. Breastfeeding became extremely painful with cracked, bleeding, and raw nipples. I gave him antibiotics and, of course, it came back within 2 weeks. The doctor wanted to put him on another round of antibiotics but by then I had done research and no longer trusted them.

I fixed a strong tea of about 10 Bay Leaves by putting them in a cup measure and covered them with boiling water. When it was cool I strained it and put the liquid in a small spray bottle. After and before every feeding I sprayed his mouth and my nipples and after every diaper change I sprayed his little bottom. They quickly started healing, NO more pain, and within a week all the spots were gone from his
mouth.

I recommended this to a friend who has no use for herbs but she was desperate with a 1 year old who had a few cycles of antibiotics, and even antibiotic cream. The child had diarrhea and was having a terrible runny mess every half hour, his little bottom actually bled and he just screamed and screamed. She went out that night and bought Bay Leaves. A week later I talked to her and she told me that within hours of applying it after every diaper change his bottom was healing and he was no longer crying.

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After childbirth, a mama's body is gearing up for breastfeeding. It also begins a cleansing process as chemicals, hormones, and nutrients are all adjusting to proper levels as before the pregnancy. The liver, kidneys, colon, etc. are all very involved in this cleansing. Herbs that aid in this process are known as liver cleansers and as blood purifiers. Amazingly enough, many of the liver cleansers and blood purifiers also promote milk production. Some of these herbs are: Fennel, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Dandelion. Most of us may not see the relation between breastfeeding and cleansing. However, God provided the herbs that aid the new mother to get both jobs done. The Mama's Milk Tea recipe was contributed by one of our readers, and includes herbs for after birth.