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Is smoking sleepytime tea dangerous? It contains chamomile, spearmint, lemon grass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves,orange blossoms,hawthorn, rosebud
Smoking is no good: Amon king at all is detrimental to your health now you are 17. Better reconsider and find a good sport to play ...Read more
Is it ok to use lotions that contain extracts black tea leaf, green tea leaf (camellia sinensis) during pregnancy?
Probably not: Use this only as an adjunct to a scientific, 21st century rx. Unlike somebody peddling a concoction on the internet, your physician is bound by law to tell the truth. We can manage all acne, and it seems silly to ask for a glitzy, hyped botanical when scientific treatment is readily available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Haven't read that it: Is contraindicated. It is recommended that you not drink nettle leaf, fennel, sassafras, rosemary, hibiscus, ephedra, licorice root, raspberry leaf, anise or sage tea. Encourage you to limit caffeine intake -so if you drink white, red, yellow or green tea- try to make it decaffeinated. Ginger, lime, barley, peppermint and thyme tea are safe during pregnancy. ...Read more
I take warfarin how do tumeric, chilli, chia seeds, garlic, onions, ginger stinging nettle tea interact with warfarin?
It's complicated but: I dislike warfarin because virtually every medicine and herb interacts with it. Turmeuric, chia seeds, garlic and ginger also thin blood and thus you might need to lower the dose. Rather than avoiding these one can consume consistent amounts & adjust coumadin accordingly or one can consider alternative meds or even supplements (under doc's guidance) to thin blood. Also see http://bit.ly/1hHlMAv ...Read more
In moderation: Like anything in life, in Moderation (do not drink it all the time), the Raspberry leaf tea can be safe in pregnancy and for many years women have been using it to try and help with contractions during the end of pregnancy and general "uterine health." Discuss all products with your OB/GYN to assure she/he is aware of all your intake. Bet wishes. ...Read more
Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)
Probably not.: Although it sounds as though it probably would not affect it, nutritional supplements are not tested or overseen by any regulatory agency, so it is impossible to know for sure what you're getting. You should discuss any potential interactions with your OB/GYN. Hope that helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can tea with rose hips, lemon balm, lemon verbena, and hibiscus flower affect birth control or hormones?
Broad question but..: I know of no known interactions between these herbs and oral contraceptives. As to whether these have any affect on hormones, that is a very broad question. I found one website that says lemon verbena can help regulate menstrual cycles and help with PMS, but it did not provide references so I don't know if research confirms this. Lemon balm is thought to help regulate thyroid hormone levels. ...Read more
Herbal remedy: Tea tree oil derived from the melaleuca tree is used as a topical antiseptic for bacterial and fungal infections. I can't tell you if its effective or not. It's also used as a substitute for tea. There are in expensive effective otc antibacterial and antifungal creams & ointments that can be used just as easily and that are known to be effective. ...Read more
Flavor and nutrients: Apart from the flavor you derive, you also get some micronutrients (vitamins/minerals). Honey contains some sugar (fructose and glucose) and aloe vera has some carminative properties which may help soothe the GI tract. Of course, like all medicines, herbals have to be taken in moderation to prevent untoward effects. ...Read more