increase milk lactating animals

Blessed Thistle | Calendula | Fennel | Fenugreek | Goat’s Rue | Marshmallow | Nettles

For generations people and animals have consumed herbs to increase nutrition and maintain health. Herbal-based salves and other topical treatments have also been used for treating and maintaining overall skin health.

The herbs in Mammal Mama products have a tradition of food use worldwide, as well as a history of safety and effectiveness for lactating animals and humans.

For more herb information please see the Resources page.

Blessed Thistle

blessed thistle increase milk supply
Photo by Martin Wall

Blessed Thistle has fuzzy leaves and stems with yellow flowers. It is a "bitter" that aids digestion and liver support. Blessed Thistle increases milk production and is an emotional ally to uplift spirits. Not for use during pregnancy.

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Calendula

calendula skin healing herb
Photo by Kathryn Higgins

Calendula is an easily planted annual with orange and yellow flowers and alternate leaves. The unusual curlicue seedpods easily reseed themselves. This edible flower is an all purpose skin healing herb used to stop bleeding, wash wounds, and heal cuts, abscesses, rashes, and boils. It soothes and heals chapped skin and eczema. Calendula relieves muscle cramps, painful swellings, hemorrhoids, and insect bites.

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Fennel

fennel herb to boost milk production
Photo by Martin Wall

Fennel is a licorice flavored, feathery, aromatic herb. It grows to several feet with umbels of small, yellow flowers that look very similar to a dill plant. This digestive herb relieves heartburn, gas, colic, and an upset stomach. The seeds can be chewed to sweeten breath and help a toothache, and as a gargle will relieve a sore throat. Fennel also increases milk supply.

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Fenugreek

fenugreek increase milk production in lactating animals
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Fenugreek is an annual legume that grows 12-18" high with branched, trifoliate leaves. It produces "pea pods" that contain yellow-brown seeds. These seeds are mucilaginous when cooked and smell like maple syrup. Fenugreek seed is used to flavor imitation maple syrup and a popular spice in East Indian cooking. Externally, it can be used as a poultice on wounds and sores. Drinking tea made with the seeds aids digestion, and gargling with the tea relieves a sore throat. Fenugreek seeds are also well known for increasing milk production in lactating animals and humans. Not for use during pregnancy; large quantities of this herb can reduce blood sugar levels.
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Goat’s Rue

goat's rue increase animal milk production
Photo by Martin Wall

Goat's Rue grows 2-3 feet tall with branching stems and oval, opposite leaves. The long flower stalk produces many light purple to pink flowers similar to those in the pea family. The leaves stimulate development of mammary glands, and it is one of the most potent herbs known to increase animal milk production . It also increases sweating to bring down a fever. In large doses, goat’s rue can lower blood sugar levels, making it useful for diabetics who are not on insulin, or have an effect on the amount of insulin needed.
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Marshmallow

marshmallow soothes skin irritations
Photo by Martin Wall

Marshmallow grows 1-3 feet tall in moist locations. The alternate, serrated leaves feel soft when rubbed. Small pale flowers bloom in the leaf axils. The young leaves can be eaten raw or slightly cooked; it makes an excellent soup thickener. The roots can be used as a meringue substitute when covered with water and boiled until reduced by half, cooled, and beaten to a froth. Mallow softens skin and soothes skin irritations, boils, stings, and runny sores. The tea is soothing to mucus membranes, swollen glands, and irritations of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary tract.
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Nettles

nettles increases milk in lactating animals
Photo by Martin Wall

Nettle has dark green serrated leaves and short hairs that cause burning and blistering when touched. It grows in moist soil usually near streams and ditches. Even though it may sting when gathered without gloves, it is an excellent spring green in teas and meals, but don't eat it uncooked. It makes a wonderful substitute for spinach in any dish and an excellent lasagna filling. Nettle is an herb worth using on a regular basis. This spring tonic is loaded with nutrition and strengthens many body systems. A rich source of iron, calcium and folic acid, nettle also supports the kidney and adrenals. It helps clear up anemia, skin problems, and increases and enriches milk in lactating animals.
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