The Partridgeberry herb has been known for a long time amongst native American tribes as being particularly potent for easing childbirth pains. The tribes also ate partridgeberry either raw or as accompaniment to cake and bread.
Partridgeberry is an evergreen vine that predominantly grows in the forests and woodlands of North America. Also known by its official name of mitchella repens, the partridgeberry possesses a trailing stem that often “sticks” to the ground. With quaint white flowers and reddish berries, the partridgeberry often gives color to an otherwise colorless forest ground during winter. So attractive is the partridgeberry that it is often placed in residential gardens to add color to a dull landscape.
The active constituents of partridgeberry are tannins, glycosides, mucilage, alkaloids and saponins.
To make this tea, place 1 teaspoon of the dried herbs (entire plant except the roots) in 1 cup of boiling water. Let the mix steep for up to 15 minutes. Partridgeberry tea can be thrice a day. However, pregnant women are advised not to use partridgeberry before the last two weeks of pregnancy as it may be abortifacient. Once that period is crossed, partridgeberry may be mixed with raspberry leaves to prepare the body for childbirth and labor.
Below are the health benefits associated with this herbal drink:
- Possibly aids in enhancing fertility.
- May help relieve menstrual problems like cramps and heavy bleeding.
- May help ease childbirth.
- When applied externally may help relieve soreness in the breast for nursing mothers.
- May have a tonic action on the ovaries and the uterus.
- May possess calming action on the nerves.
- May assist in treating diarrhea and colitis.