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DIY: Postpartum Tea for Depression

admin October 12, 2022

Recipe by Kate Tietje

Similar to the after-birth discomforts discussed in our cramp tincture, another common issue following birth is depression caused by shifting hormones.

Some mothers experience full-blown postpartum depression, while others experience mild symptoms. Either way, this postpartum depression tea can help balance your hormones and lift your spirit, but first, let’s discuss the benefits.

Benefits of the Herbs

This tea blend combines four herbs, all of which play a specific role in overcoming postpartum depression.

Licorice root is used because it favorably affects hormonal balance. Additional health benefits of licorice root include:

  • May reduce acid reflux and indigestion
  • May help manage peptic ulcers
  • May provide menopause symptom relief
  • ​​May improve fasting blood sugar and diabetes
  • May support respiratory health
  • May support oral health
  • May aid in weight loss
  • Anticancer properties

Red raspberry leaf tones the uterus and ovaries and increases available calcium. Additional health benefits of red raspberry leaves include:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Antioxidant properties
  • May help relieve premenstrual symptoms (PMS)
  • Promotes a healthy pregnancy
  • May help shorten labor
  • May reduce instances of childbirth complications

Rosemary leaves increase milk flow, add calcium, and tone the liver. Additional health benefits of rosemary include:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • May lower blood sugar levels
  • May improve mood, memory, and brain health

Skullcap is another source of calcium, nerve strengthener, and soother. Prolonged use of skullcap produces calm emotions. Additional health benefits of skullcap include:

  • May reduce anxiety
  • May promote sleep and relieve insomnia
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • May support heart health
  • Anticonvulsant properties
  • Neuroprotective properties
  • Anticancer properties

Postpartum Tea for Depression


  • 1/2 ounce dried, shredded licorice root
  • 1 ounce dried, crumbled red raspberry leaf 
  • 1 ounce dried, finely cut rosemary leaves 
  • 1 ounce dried, cut skullcap


Step 1: To make this tea, combine the herbs well and store in an airtight container.

Step 2: Add 2 teaspoons to 1 cup of boiling water when ready to consume. 

This brew is particularly interesting and strong tasting and smelling. Drink two or more cups daily for several weeks or up to two months.

Additional Resources

Have you ever used an herbal tea for postpartum depression?

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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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