Herbal teas to avoid during pregnancy

Avoid teas made from, or medicinal amounts of, these herbs and ingredients while pregnant

Ellen Desjardins, RD, PhD 1

During pregnancy, avoid teas made from, or medicinal amounts of, the following:

Angelica/ dong quai
Anise
Aloe vera
Alfalfa
Agrimony
Autumn crocus
Basil
Barberry
Bayberry
Bearberry/ uva ursi
Bethroot/ red trillium
Bloodroot
Boneset
Borage
Broom
Buckthorn bark
Burdock root
Calamus root
Calendula
Catnip
Celery seed
Chamomile
Chasteberry/ vitex
Chicory root
Cinnamon (medicinal amounts)
Coca (contains cocaine)
Coltsfoot
Cohosh, blue or black
Comfrey
Damiana leaf
Devil’s claw
Duck root
Eucalyptus
False unicorn root
Fenugreek
Fennel (medicinal amounts)
Feverfew
Gentian
Ginkgo
Ginseng
Goldenseal
Gotu kola
Guarana (contains caffeine)
Henbane
Hawthorne
Hibiscus/rosemallow
Hoodia
Horehound
Hyssop
Joe Pye weed/ gravel root
Juniper berry
Kava
Kola nut
Kombucha
Labrador tea
Lemongrass
Licorice root
Lobelia (contains nicotine)
Lovage
Mallow
Mayapple
Ma huang/ ephedra
Mistletoe
Motherwort
Mugwort
Noni
Nutmeg (medicinal amounts)
Oregano (medicinal amounts)
Oregon grape root
Osha
Parsely (medicinal amounts)
Passion flower
Pau d’Arco
Pennyroyal
Peruvian bark/cinchona
Pleurisy root
Poke root/ pokeweed
Pulsatilla
Poppy (avoid completely)
Red clover blossom
Red raspberry (avoid in first trimester only)
Rhubarb
Rosemary (medicinal amounts)
Rue
Sage
Sassafras
Saw palmetto
Senna leaves
Shepherd’s purse
Skullcap
Stinging nettle
St. John’s wort
Sumac berries
Tansy
Thuja/ white cedar
Turmeric root
Thyme (medicinal amounts)
Valerian
Vervain
Vetiver
Wild carrot
Wild yam
Woodruff
Wormwood
Yarrow
Yellow dock
Yerba maté (contains caffeine)
Yohimbe/yohimbine

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