Index of Herbs for Abortion / Abortifacient Herbs
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The herbs in this list should be avoided by women who are pregnant and who are wishing to carry their baby to term. This list of plant medicines that treat a wide array of women’s issues were selected specifically for their ability to induce an herbal abortion.
What is an herbal abortion?
An herbal abortion is a self-induced miscarriage that is produced by taking the proper herbs at the right time and in the right dosage. Taking an herbal abortion concoction requires some knowledge and care as the wrong dose of these herbs can be fatal.
This is an unregulated form of abortion that is still an option for women who have no other option, which is why we present it here. Herbs that induce miscarriage typically block the hormone progesterone which is the reproductive hormone responsible for maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
How is an herbal abortion different from a surgical abortion?
A surgical abortion typically is an out-patient procedure. And women have the guidance of their doctors to support them through the recovery process. Surgical abortion is also more than 20 times as expensive as an herbal abortion and it can, in some cases, be more traumatic on a woman’s reproductive organs than an herbal abortion. And finally, surgical abortion is not always available to women, especially after Roe vs. Wade was repealed.
With an herbal abortion, women must go through the process of miscarriage alone at home. Bleeding can last from 1 to 2 weeks after a woman takes an abortifacient herb. Herbal abortion can be dangerous because no one is monitoring the process and because dosages of herbs vary from woman to woman. Physiological responsiveness to different herbs also vary from woman-to-woman.
Women should not attempt to use herbs to end a pregnancy past 24 weeks gestation. To do so is extremely dangerous, the woman can die, and also it is unlikely that the herbal abortifacient will be successful. Women risk being charged with attempting to self-induce an abortion if they end up in the hospital after having taken a concoction of abortifacient herbs. So, women need to be cautious about using these herbal abortion remedies to avoid landing in prison, or worse, to avoid an untimely death.
Is there an herbal Plan-B?
Yes. There are over 500 herbs that can be used as abortifacients (herbs that cause abortion) and some of them can be used in the same way as the Plan-B pill. Protocol #1 (see below) which combines Pennyroyal Tea with Mugwort can be used to prevent implantation of an ovum.
Daucus carota / Wild Carrot Seed as an Herbal Plan-B
Wild carrot is a natural morning after herb. It can be used as a Plan-B herb because it contains porphyrins that trigger the pituitary gland to release sex hormones which triggers menstruation and prevents implantation of an ovum. Toxicity of wild carrot seed is low.
Daucus carota / Wild Carrot Seed Dosage as an Herbal Morning-After Pill
Administer 20 to 40 drops of Wild Carrot Seed tincture up to four times daily.
Alternatively, you can administer a tea/infusion by boiling water. Put 1 teaspoon of the seeds in a mug and pour the boiling water over it. Allow it to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 mugs of Wild Carrot Seed tea daily for up to 6 days.
Another source recommends that women chew 1 teaspoon of the dried wild carrot seeds daily washed down with water.
Are herbal abortions safe?
If the right dosage of the proper plants are used to induce abortion at home, an herbal abortion can be safe. Be patient with the herbs when you take them and give them time to work. Don’t take an overdose of an herbal abortifacient out of fear that an herbal abortion won’t work. Some women have access to surgical abortions, but they choose to do an herbal abortion because it is more natural and often, safer than a surgical abortion. Women have used herbs for centuries to induce abortion naturally at home. The myth that an herbal abortion is unsafe is essentially a form of propaganda. But be smart when you use herbs to cause abortion. Give them time to do their job and don’t take an overdose of an herbal abortifacient in an effort to get things moving. If you end up in the hospital due to an overdose on herbs that cause abortion, you could get hit with legal problems and you’re creating bigger obstacles to honest information about herbal abortifacients for other women.
It can be easy to overdose on herbal abortifacients. Stick to the proper recommended dosage and be patient. Success rates vary, of course, but taking a higher, potentially toxic dose of herbs that cause abortion can lead to negative outcomes for you, dear reader, and all women.
What is the success rate for herbal abortions?
Different sources claim that the success rate for herbal abortions varies from 20% to 80% or from 40% to 80%. Most herbal abortions that are successful are not reported, so it’s impossible to know for sure.
Why Women Choose to Do Herbal Abortions
Women in the past who still had easy access to surgical abortions have often chosen to do herbal abortions at home for the following reasons:
- Discomfort in medical settings
- Discomfort in clinics that require certain tests or procedures
- Desire to avoid the lack of compassion in abortion clinics
- Desire to avoid insensitive healthcare providers
- Preference for holistic care
- Lack of funds to pay for an abortion
- Inability to trust healthcare providers
Black Cohosh Root / Cimicifuga racemosa
Black Cohosh, also known as Cimicifuga racemosa is an herb that can be used to cause abortion at home. It should not be taken by women who wish to maintain a healthy pregnancy, but this herb is also used by non-pregnant women to naturally treat menstruation problems such as:
- Painful Menstruation
- Painful Ovulation
- Delayed Menstruation
Black cohosh is an emmenagogue that causes uterine contractions so it should be combined with an herb that improves blood flow to the uterus.
Black Cohosh Dosage:
Put ½ to 1 teaspoon of the dried herb with 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Drink this dose up to 3 times daily for up to 6 days.
Or administer a black cohosh tincture at a dose of 20-30 drops every 6 hours for up to 6 days.
Blue Cohosh Root / Squaw Root / Caulophyllum thalictroides
Caulophyllum thalictroides, also known as Blue Cohosh stimulates uterine contractions which means that it is an herb that can be used to induce abortion at home. Blue Cohosh can also used as a natural treatment for menstrual problems such as:
- Painful Menstruation
- Delayed Menstruation
In pregnant women who are past their due date, Blue Cohosh Root can be used to stimulate contractions while also easing labor pains. It has a tonic effect on the uterine tissues.
Blue Cohosh Root can cause high blood pressure so exercise caution in regard to dosage when using this herb for abortion. Also note that Blue Cohosh can cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, and even seizures in high enough doses. If you have low blood pressure, do not use Blue Cohosh.
Also note that the tincture may be more effective than the tea at causing abortion.
Blue Cohosh Dosage:
Put 3 teaspoons of the herb in a mug with water that has been boiled. Let it steep for 10-15 minutes.
Or administer blue cohosh tincture at 20 drops every four hours for up to 6 days until you begin bleeding.
Cotton Root Bark / Gossypium herbaceum
This is one of the herbal abortifacients with the highest success rate according to anecdotal reports. It is also one of the least toxic abortion herbs in this list.
Cotton Root Bark is an herbal abortifacient that works by inducing uterine contractions. You should seek out only Certified Organic Cotton Root Bark to avoid products that are sprayed with pesticides that might cause unintended negative health effects. This herbal abortifacient has a low toxicity level in comparison with the other abortion herbs listed here, but finding organic cotton root back can be challenging.
Cotton Root Bark is also used to stop bleeding between menstrual cycles.
Cotton Root Bark Dosage:
Add 12 teaspoons of the dried herb to 1 quart of water. Drink ½ of a quart of water up to 1 quart daily for up to 6 days.
Or take 10 drops of the tincture every 2 to 3 hours until you begin bleeding. Do this for up to 6 days.
Mugwort / Artemisia vulgaris
Mugwort is used to reduce pain due to menstrual cramps. It is also sometimes smoked to reduce cravings for those with nicotine addiction.
Artemisia vulgaris / Mugwort Dosage:
Tincture dosage is 1-4 mL up to 3 times daily (1:5 in 25%).
A tea / infusion is made by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb. Allow it to steep for 10-15 minutes. Drink this infusion up to 3 times per day. Or administer this mugwort tea with Pennyroyal as we describe in Protocol #1 as a 1-tablespoon dose of the dried herb once daily for up to 2 weeks.
Or administer Mugwort as a tincture. Take 20-30 drops up to 4 times per day (every 6 hours) for up to 6 days.
Do not use mugwort if you have uterine inflammation or if you have recently had a pelvic infection.
Angelica / Angelica archangelica
Angelica archangelica is an abortifacient herb that is often used to treat an array of different health problems. For women’s sexual health, it is used to regulate the menstrual cycle naturally and control vaginal discharge. It enhances circulation of blood to the uterus. It is the only herb in this list that is both an emmenagogue as well as an oxytocic herb.
Angelica archangelica Dosage:
Take 2-5 mL 3 times per day (1:5 in 45%).
Or make a decoction of Angelica by placing 1 teaspoon of the root in 1 cup of water. Bring this mixture to a boil. Let it simmer for 2 minutes and then remove it from the heat. Let it stand for 15 more minutes. Drink 3 cups of this mixture throughout the day.
Or administer from 10-20 drops of Angelica archangelica essential oil daily.
Another source recommends that women administer ¼ cup of the dried root of Angelica archangelica in 1 quart of water. Drink 1 quart of this mixture daily. Or administer 10-20 drops of tincture every two hours for up to 6 days.
Or administer 20-30 drops of the tincture every 6 hours (4 times per day) for up to 6 days.
Pennyroyal / Mentha pulegium / Hedeoma pulegiodes
Pennyroyal can be used to induce an herbal abortion, but this an herb that deserves respect and plenty of caution or you might end up in the hospital after taking it. The essential oil of pennyroyal is particularly toxic if taken at the wrong dose. One tablespoon of pennyroyal essential oil is equivalent to roughly 1000 cups of pennyroyal herbal tea.
Symptoms of pennyroyal overdose include:
- Kidney Failure
Put ¼ cup of dried pennyroyal in 1 quart of water. Drink this dose once daily for no more than 6 days.
Note that the essential oil of pennyroyal is fatal if taken internally.
Side Effects Caused by Herbal Abortifacients
Common side effects of herbal abortifacients include:
- Feelings of fear
- Visual disturbances
- Irregular menstrual cycles for 1 to 3 months
- Kidney irritation
- Benign lumps in the breast
- Heavy bleeding or clotting
Some women experience incomplete abortion as a result of using herbal abortifacients.
On a positive note, however, most women do not experience severe long-term hormonal imbalances as a result of using herbs to induce abortion.
Serious Potential Side Effects of Using Herbal Abortifacients
If you attempt to induce abortion at home using herbs and fail and you end up carrying the baby to term, you could develop the following issues:
- Incomplete implantation of the placenta
- Low implantation of the placenta
- Premature detachment of the placenta before or during birth
- Severe hemorrhage
These side effects can be fatal.
How to Do an Herbal Abortion
In order to do an herbal abortion at home, you must combine at least two herbs. One herb must be an emmenagogue that stimulates blood flow from the uterus to promote menstrual flow. The second herb must be oxytocic to stimulate the contraction of the uterus. Angelica archangelica is the only herb in this list that is both an emmenagogue as well as an oxytocic herb.
These are herbs that stimulate blood flow to the pelvic region and to the uterus to stimulate menstruation.
- Mentha pulegium / Hedeoma pulegiodes / Pennyroyal
- Angelica archangelica / Angelica
- Artemisia vulgaris / Mugwort
- Cimicifuga racemosa / Black Cohosh Root
Oxytocic herbs contain phyto-oxytocins that mimic the action of human oxytocin in the body. These phyto-oxytocins stimulate uterine contractions through the release of prostaglandins.
All oxytocic herbs are toxic at high enough doses. And as the dosage goes up, the uterine contractions may sometimes become more painful. Also note that oxytocic herbs can be somewhat toxic to the liver, especially with long-term use. If you have a history of hepatitis or another type of liver disease, you should avoid these herbs.
- Angelica archangelica
- Artemisia vulgaris / Mugwort
- Caulophyllum thalictroides / Blue Cohosh
- Gossypium herbaceum / Cotton Root Bark
Herbal Abortion Protocol #1:
In this protocol, you’ll combine pennyroyal tea with mugwort as the helping herb.
Put 1 tablespoon of dried pennyroyal in a mug with 1 tablespoon of mugwort. Bring a cup of water to a boil and add it to the mug of dried herbs. Allow the mixture to steep for 15 minutes.
Drink 1 cup per day for 6 days.
Herbal Abortion Protocol #2:
In this protocol, you’ll combine Black Cohosh Root with Cotton Root Bark.
Take 10 drops of the Cotton Root Bark tincture every 3 hours until you begin bleeding. Starting at the same time, administer 20 drops of black cohosh tincture every 6 hours. Follow this protocol for up to 6 days.
For more information about herbal abortifacients:
Other Important Links:
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