The Top 3 Fertility Herbs

by Sarah Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & ChildComments: 54

nettle is number one of the fertility herbsIt’s no secret that couples these days are having an increasingly difficult time conceiving. Even young women in their 20’s who should have no trouble in this area are sometimes finding it a challenge to let nature take its course.

While diet is clearly a critical part of healthy reproduction and eating the correct foods to promote fertility is Job #1, it is a lesser known fact that fertility herbs can play a huge role in this area.  It is often a simple and very straightforward process to assist the establishment of pregnancy using these safe and time tested plants to balance the female hormones and libido.

Fertility herbs are also helpful in nourishing the body and female reproductive system which in turn helps to relax the entire nervous system to facilitate conception.

You know how doctors are often prone to say to couples having trouble conceiving that the woman just “needs to relax”?   While this is an irritating comment for any woman to hear who is eager and ready to have a baby, herbs just might help this to happen a lot more quickly by doing just that!

Best Fertility Herbs

Stinging Nettle

This is my most favorite all around fertility herb.  Not only does it tone and nourish the uterus, it also promotes strengthening of the kidneys and adrenal glands.  If you are or have ever been a coffee drinker, this herb is for you!

One, two, or even more cups per day of this high mineral tea which is also loaded with chlorophyll  (a detoxifier) for several months goes a long way toward preparing a woman’s body for pregnancy and for sustaining the embryo once conception occurs.

Nettle tea is also fantastic in preparing for the baby’s birth as it is extremely high in Vitamin K, which allows the Mother to safely skip the newborn vitamin K shot knowing that her newborn baby’s blood will already contain an ample amount.

Continuing to drink nettle tea while breastfeeding promotes successful lactation and a copious milk supply as well!

Red Clover 

Red clover is an excellent fertility herb primarily due to the high amounts of calcium and magnesium.  These two minerals are believed to be of high importance in affecting a woman’s ability to conceive.

Red clover contains every single trace element needed by the glandular system.   As such, this alkalizing herb is probably the single most effective plant used for balancing of the hormones needed for conception to take place.    Balancing the body acid/alkaline PH, and thereby, the uterus PH, goes a long way toward favoring conception.

Brew your red clover tea along with peppermint (or another type of mint if you prefer), which acts as a sexual stimulant.    To make a powerful infusion of this herb, take one ounce of red clover and a teaspoon of peppermint and steep in one quart of hot filtered water for 4 hours.

Drink this mixture as desired once it has cooled down and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Red Raspberry

Red Raspberry leaves, particularly the wild kind, are very high in calcium.   Like Nettle and Red Clover, Red Raspberry leaves serve as a soothing uterine tonic and hence a very effective fertility herb.

The fertility promoting effects of Red Raspberry are enhanced in combination with other herbs, particularly Red Clover.

To make a powerful infusion of this herb, steep 1/2 ounce Red Raspberry and 1/2 ounce Red Clover in one quart of hot water for 4 hours.   Refrigerate the unused portion after cooling.

With each cup of this herbal infusion, add 5-15 drops of either Dong Quai root tincture or False Unicorn root tincture to further enhance the fertility effects.


Ovulation is controlled by light and using the power of light to encourage this process works very well when combined with fertility promoting herbs.

To establish the proper timing for ovulation, leave a light on in your bedroom for 3 consecutive nights midway through your cycle (all other nights should be total darkness).   You will ovulate on the nights when the light is on.

You and your Sweetie can take it from here!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, by Susun S. Weed

Lunaception for Fertility and Balancing Hormones

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Comments (54)

  • Anonymous

    Interesting post! Do you gave a good source to buy these herbs? Thank you!

    July 19th, 2010 2:24 pm Reply
    • Samantha

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      April 15th, 2014 10:21 am Reply
  • Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist

    Frontier is a great source of high quality, organic herbs. A Chinese doctor/acupuncturist can frequently put a bag of the proper mix of fertility herbs together for you too if you know one that you trust.

    July 19th, 2010 3:13 pm Reply
  • Melissa has wonderful information on all kinds of herbs. I have been buying herbs for teas from them for years, and they are always nice and fresh! Also, they have info on preparation of teas, tinctures and glycerites. Love their store!

    July 19th, 2010 3:54 pm Reply
  • WordVixen

    Ah… so my 2nd shift life really might be affecting my fertility (or lack thereof)? I was afraid of that. I often don't get to sleep until just before the sun comes up. My normal sleep hours are between 4am and noon, but over the weekend is more like 5:30am (I can see the sun coming up) and 2pm.

    I also have a severe hormonal imbalance, which I'm hoping the real food lifestyle will help- but I've only been doing it for a few weeks. :-/

    July 19th, 2010 8:22 pm Reply
  • Greg B

    My wife and I have been using herbs for years and these 3 in particular for her fertility. I have to comment about the last part about the lunaception. My wife and I are NFP (Natural Family Planning) instructors and have been using that method for years ( What this lunaception sounds like is a rather unscientific, hit or miss method for attempted conception (think- the rhythm method). Every woman has a different cycle and different lutial phases and even the length of a cycle can vary depending upon an assortment of factors from month to month. If your attempting to achieve pregnancy (or even postphoning), the NFP method is scientifically proven to be 99.9% effective when used properly. It doesn't involve guessing, or buying anything other than a thermometer and some graph paper. If you have had difficulty in the past achieving pregnancy, please look into this method for a much more reliable way. We have helped many couples over the years (and for women in particular)learn how a woman's cycle actually works and for her to use the natural signs her body gives every cycle to know when ovulation is close to and eventually does occur. We can tell you the day of conception for all of our kids!!

    July 19th, 2010 11:46 pm Reply
  • Sarah S

    Along with eating the correct foods would you recommend a prenatal vitamin or if you are eating the correct foods would you not need the prenatal vitamin? I am actually nursing a newborn and so getting pregnant isn't an issue for me, but I want to make sure I am producing great breastmilk. I am new to the WAPF and trying to figure it all out. Thank you for the great blog.

    July 20th, 2010 2:54 am Reply
  • Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist

    Hi Sarah, I'm not personally a big fan of prenatal vitamins. I never did take one with any of my 3 pregnancies. They contain synthetic vitamins generally speaking even the so called "whole foods" ones. Great breastmilk is based on diet, not on man made supplements. Check out the diet for pregnant and nursing mothers for what to eat to produce the best breastmilk for your baby.

    July 20th, 2010 3:12 am Reply
  • Marisa

    @Melissa – Thanks so much for passing that site along! It's a really great find!

    October 10th, 2010 7:57 pm Reply
  • Erwin Alber

    Love this – thank you Sarah – will pass it on to my son and his wife, who had a failed IVF pregnancy. I assume that these herbs are not just recommended for people who intend to have a baby, but for everyone’s general and particularly sexual health.

    I also highly recommend James Wong’s book ‘Grow your own drugs’. There are also a number of YouTube videos featuring James:

    James Wong ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ Talks to Friends of Eden (part 1)

    Grow Your Own Drugs/ A Year With James Wong

    January 29th, 2011 1:45 pm Reply
  • Alexia

    What about male infertility?
    Does anyone know of anything that can help?

    Thanks in advance.

    April 29th, 2011 1:03 am Reply
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  • Christine

    Re “lunaception”, the small light on in your bedroom is meant to simulate the light of the full moon. Rather than leaving the light on “midway through your cycle”, I would suggest (and I believe S Weed, your source does as well) leaving the light on for the three days of the full moon, or, even better, letting the light of the moon itself in your bedroom, if you can. It is important that the room be completely dark the other nights, even removing the glowing clock. This one thing can do wonders to regulate the menstrual cycle – I know, I’ve used it myself. THEN it becomes much easier to track one’s cycle and use the NFP method mentioned above.
    Another herb useful for conception is fenugreek. A weak tea of the seeds is a traditional old wives’ remedy, and has the added bonus of making your perspiration take on the scent of maple, which your sweetie may like. :)

    November 9th, 2011 11:19 am Reply
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    October 5th, 2013 4:07 am Reply
  • Melanie Lowe


    I just wanted to ask, we have just started our first IVF so I am currently on hormone injections. Will this tea benefit me or will it mess around with the process? We’ve been trying for 3 years now and, in the last year and a half I went onto real food, organic, pasture fed food and cut ALL chemicals out of my life so my hormones are actually pretty good. It’s just my egg count that is low because I’m 38 now.

    I want to do whatever I can to make this IVF a success. I’m so worried about doing anything that might interfere with the process. I haven’t taken so much as an aspirin for the last year or so so the injections are making me VERY nervous. But I really want to improve my chances as much as possible so I’ve bought the tea, I’m being very strict with my diet AND I’m doing the hormones. Will they all work well together or will the tea affect the conventional medicine? I’m SO scared this doesn’t work because it’s costing us a lot of money to do it.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    November 15th, 2013 3:05 am Reply
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    Allison Lippe Anderson you never know what can help…just passing along info

    February 18th, 2014 9:46 pm Reply
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    February 18th, 2014 9:49 pm Reply
  • Courtney Sullivan via Facebook

    Three of my favorites + a chemical free diet.

    February 18th, 2014 9:52 pm Reply
  • Dottie Norkus via Facebook

    It also doesn’t hurt to get a COMPLETE (fT4/fT3 too) thyroid panel checked!

    February 18th, 2014 9:54 pm Reply
  • Laila LisaMarie Prescott via Facebook

    You mentioned that the first herb is good for breastfeeding women, but what about the other 2?

    February 18th, 2014 10:12 pm Reply
  • Wendy Williams via Facebook

    Ha! I guessed all three. Very good ones indeed.

    February 18th, 2014 10:21 pm Reply
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    February 18th, 2014 10:28 pm Reply
  • Shawnicy

    Funny, I used all those and others too for a year and 9 months with no success. It wasn’t until I added Shatavari that I got pregnant. I mean the first cycle on the stuff! I wish there was more known about it and that I hadn’t waited a whole year to try it!

    February 18th, 2014 10:33 pm Reply
  • Shawnicy Barnhart via Facebook

    Funny, I used all those and others too for a year and 9 months with no success. It wasn’t until I added Shatavari that I got pregnant. I mean the first cycle on the stuff! I wish there was more known about it and that I hadn’t waited a whole year to try it!

    February 18th, 2014 10:34 pm Reply
    • Sochy

      Hi Shawnicy,

      I just need to ask you something and that is how did you got pregnant using Shatavari? Like how did you used it or did you add any other herbs with it and did you used Sahatavari in capsule or herbs? It will really help me so much, I’m 41 yrs old no kids and trying to conceive for the past 14 yrs and I’m willing to try anything natural. I did got pregnant one time last year but after 6 weeks I got a miscarriage. I will appreciated your reply so much thank you.

      May 13th, 2014 1:24 pm Reply
  • The Healthy Home Economist via Facebook

    Love the nettle tea. Even though our family is complete at this point, I still drink it regularly as it is such a helpful tonic for the female system.

    February 18th, 2014 10:34 pm Reply
  • Asmira Basic via Facebook

    I started drinking cranberry tea. I feel great!!

    February 18th, 2014 10:50 pm Reply
  • Shannon Hanaway via Facebook

    Always discovering and learning new things here.

    February 19th, 2014 12:14 am Reply
  • Mindy Packard Muller via Facebook

    Christina Oversby Anderson, this might be of help. 😎

    February 19th, 2014 12:41 am Reply
  • Keely Stewart via Facebook

    Brenna Feely

    February 19th, 2014 12:49 am Reply
  • Amna Ciantar via Facebook

    Yay! I’ll have to try these!

    February 19th, 2014 7:18 am Reply
  • Christina Oversby Anderson via Facebook

    Thanks Mindy Packard Muller

    February 19th, 2014 10:37 am Reply
  • Sakana Taka via Facebook

    Don’t forget Maca.

    February 19th, 2014 11:50 am Reply
  • Marilyn

    I’ve been trying to have a baby for about 2 year and nothing doctor told me that I have hormone levels are low but I am 44 can anyone tell me if the fertility does work for that if anyone can help me thank u

    March 23rd, 2014 11:35 pm Reply
  • Marilyn

    I’ve been trying to have a baby for about 2 year and nothing doctor told me that I have hormone levels are low but I am 44 can anyone tell me if the fertility tea does work for that if anyone can help me thank u

    March 23rd, 2014 11:38 pm Reply
    • Laura

      He Marilyn,
      IF you are still having a pretty regular cycle, you need to be proactive in taking care of yourself in a way that promotes your eggs to be nutrient rich and healthy. Nature works in a way that when men and women are older, even if a woman is producing an egg, if that egg is not “adequate”, or the sperm even, is not quite up to par, either factors can actually cause the sperm to, I guess, stray away, from the egg. This is natures way of preventing deformities, retardation, or anything else that a baby may be born with. Now, of course, sometimes the egg still gets fertilized, because we do have children born with defects.
      So-if I were you, I would do this! Be very mindful of what foods to and to NOT eat. Lots of fruits and vegetables-those high in vitamin c-green, dark, leafy vegetables, bell peppers, oranges, apples, broccoli, grapefruits, etc. Also beets! The more color, the better. You need eggs-the yolks are important. Seafood, which provides zinc and other important nutrients. You can look this up and get a complete guide. You need fat in your diet, but the good kind, to get your omegas.
      Now-as supplements-I would get a raw organic vitamin from the health food store that is all plant based. I would also recommend stinging nettle, red raspberry, and red clover herbs. You can take them as a tincture or as a tea. I would also throw some raw organic COQ10 and DHEA in your diet. These all support fertility and healthy ovaries and eggs. Many of these things are great for your skin too. Oh-coconut oil (raw, unrefined, cold pressed), should be part of your diet. You can just drink the coconut oil, about two tablespoons a day, with a meal. You will get a stomach ache if you don’t eat with it. Now-I would say that if you are even considering any of this-get your help and advice from an herbalist, or better, a master herbalist. They are all over the place in health food stores and whole food stores. I certainly don’t mean GNC, or any other amateur store like that. One more thing to mention-shatavari.. It promotes healthy reproduction. I was 48 when my last was born, and I don’t think it would have been if I hadn’t taken care of myself the way that I did!! /best wishes to you on your endeavors.

      November 2nd, 2014 12:47 am Reply
  • Ukoo

    A delighting news indeed 4 me 2 hear about those herbs. I’ll try them 2 my sister who was another victim of infertility.

    June 7th, 2014 8:17 am Reply
  • Adrienne

    What about herbs for men? They are half the equation!! Or do these work well for them too? Also, I’ve heard that just spending enough time in the sunlight will help to regulate hormones, cycle and ovulation. I get that the light is to simulate moonlight. What about leaving the blinds open on a full moon?

    July 9th, 2014 9:50 pm Reply
  • Anne

    Hi Sarah, thanks so much for this post! Is anyone of these herbs particularly good for low progesterone levels?

    Thanks for all that you do!!

    July 9th, 2014 9:56 pm Reply
    • maggie

      Nettle is it decreases estrogen levels while increasing progesterone

      October 7th, 2014 7:46 am Reply
  • Sheri

    Hi, i just came across your site from google searching ideas to help with infertility. I have unexplained infertility and was hoping to try something naturally while we save up for more treatments. My biggest question is can these herbs be taken any other way besides tea? For some reason i just don’t like tea.

    October 17th, 2014 12:55 am Reply
    • Sheri

      Also i was wondering about Shatarvi, suggestions on how that is to be taken?

      October 17th, 2014 1:00 am Reply
  • Nicole

    You’ve mentioned Red Clover – however, in a previous article on your blog, and supported claims that red clover may trigger precancerous breast tissue. Can you help me to understand why you can tout it’s beneficial properties in this article if such risks are involved?
    Thank you very much for your wonderful blog and brilliant work.
    Nicole x

    December 28th, 2014 12:34 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Nicole, in this age of pollution everywhere and pseudo-estrogens ubiquitous to everyone’s living environment, even healthy herbs and foods like flax need to be considered carefully before consuming them. There is no right or wrong answer here … only information for you to consider. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, probably best to avoid all estrogenic foods. If you do not, careful and moderate consumption is probably ok. Red clover is indeed an amazing and helpful herb, but consider its use carefully based on its estrogenic properties.

      December 28th, 2014 8:54 pm Reply
      • Nicole

        Thanks so much for your reply and time Sarah!
        Much appreciated xx

        January 11th, 2015 11:15 pm Reply
  • Mili

    Can you continue using these three teas throughout the pregnancy?

    April 2nd, 2015 1:40 pm Reply
  • dorcas

    I have been trying to get pregnant again for my second child but still no success.i have tested infections for the last 4months but still yet menstruation is becoming irregular and with the way am always having discharge I can’t seem to tell when am ovulating.pls any advice will do.

    November 6th, 2015 6:55 am Reply

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