Georgia Birth Alternatives

Whitney Whitmoore, cpm

Recipes and Remedies


NORA Tea
You can either make your own NORA tea using this recipe or you can purchase a premade tea from Earth Mama Angel Baby called Third Trimester Tea if you don't want to go through the hassle of making it.

NORA Tea consists of four ingredients:  Nettles, Oat Straw, Raspberry Leaf, & Alfalfa.  Begin to drink NORA Tea after the 16th week of pregnancy.  Try to drink a quart daily.  If you find it difficult to drink every day, try drinking half a quart per day or at least 2-3 times a week. 
            Mix 2 parts (8 oz.)  Raspberry Leaf and Nettles to 1 part (4 oz.) Alfalfa and Oat  Straw.  Mix well and place in a ziplock baggie or other container.   You can also add either Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, or Rose Hips (a sour taste) for flavor.  Buy small amounts at a health food store, in order to try them.    
            To Prepare:  (In the Evening) Place half an inch of herb in the bottom of a quart size canning jar (a handful or two).  Experiment with the amount of herb and taste to find what works for you.  But please make sure there is about ½ an inch in the jar.  Fill the jar to ½ to ¾ of an inch from the top with boiling water.  Cover the jar with a lid or small plate to retain the essential oils and let sit overnight.  In the morning, strain using a small mesh strainer into another container and your “tea” (technically an infusion,) is now ready.  Since this is a highly nutritious drink it is also strongly flavored.   Some women love it and cannot get enough of it!!  Some tolerate it and others have a difficult time.  These suggestions are offered to help you maximize the amount you do drink. Feel free to experiment, so that you are sure to drink it frequently
 Add ice.
Add Honey, blackstrap molasses (source of iron), molasses, sorghum, or maple syrup to sweeten.
Mix with half and half (or a desired quantity) with fruit juice.
Add a squeeze of lemon, or lime, especially nice with Lemon Balm.
            Cut half and half with water.
            Cut half and half with an herbal tea such as Raspbery Zinger.
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Electrolyte Drinks
Sweet and Smooth-ie 
You will need…
-3 cups of coconut water
-1 cup of strawberries
-1 cup of fresh water
-1 cup of ice
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste
Directions
Throw into your blender and let it run until everything is thoroughly mixed together and the mixture is smooth.

Refreshing
You will need…
-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
-1 ½ to 2 cups of fresh water
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste
Directions
Throw into your blender and let it run until everything is thoroughly mixed together and the mixture is smooth.

Freezing this particular recipe into ice cubes and then crushing, can be helpful for munching when you have morning sickness. Likewise you can freeze it into popsicles. These are refreshing in the summer months.


Iron Rich Smoothie
This is full of iron, magnesium, folic acid and vitamins C and E.

1 beet
1 apple
2 carrots
1/2 cup broccoli
2 large kale leaves

​Add all ingredients to blender, blend until smooth. You can certainly add coconut water, yogurt or any other ingredients you wish just be sure the original 5 are in there.