Did you know that July 21-27, 2013 is Natural Family Planning Awareness Week? If not, now you do. During this week many are concentrating on writing about well known ways of dealing with pregnancies both wanted and unwanted. Not many are talking about natural birth control measures, and yes there is a such thing! According to the Washington Times, in an article dated July 26, the Morning After Pill or Plan B Pill has landed on store shelves and is now available to girls under the age of 17 without a prescription.
No matter how much you look at that information, it is clouded with some serious issues, both morally and physically. I will not take up all your time going over the side effects that birth control pills have on you, as it is, it would take loads of articles. I want to focus on two facts, one, this news will change the USA forever. Not only is this potentially opening up a door of fire to spread rapidly among the youth of this country, but it is also opening Pandora’s Box or health issues. At a tender young age below 17, we are talking potentially raising the death rate of birth control because of the younger bodies that can legally now get the pill.
However, there is an alternative if you just have to use a birth control measure. Since the news states that this pill is now widely available to those girls younger than 17, we are looking at more preteen pregnancies most likely. That means more parents will want to try and aid their young daughters by intervening and having them take the morning after pill. Problem is, the side effects. Well as stated before there are natural alternatives that actually work. In fact one herb that is growing widely presently can be harvested and dried for later use in case the inevitable arises in your family.
Queen Anne’s Lace, also called Wild Carrot. Pictured here has been used as an all natural birth control remedy successfully for many hundreds of years. There is some word as to how to use it to make sure you are successful. Making a tincture or a tea out of the flower and the seeds or just the flowers are what must be adhered too. According to the Herbalist, “Well known for her contemporary studies on the contraceptive use of Queen Anne’s Lace (QAL), Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett has been working directly with QAL since 1985 and completed her first “grass-roots” study in New York City in 1993. This first study showed potential and also served to refine the information she continued to gather about the proper method for using the herb. After her findings were published in the Northeast Herbal Association Journal, she began to receive anecdotal information from many people also wanting to share their experiences with QAL, the majority of their experiences being incredibly positive.
The conclusions of her findings indicate that using QAL as birth control can be amazingly reliable when taken in a specific way. A tea or tincture of the seeds is taken approximately 8-12 hours after intercourse, and the dosage is repeated at that interval twice more, then discontinued. Some herbalists prefer a more folksy description of the hormonal effects by saying that QAL makes the womb more slippery and prevents implantation, but language isn’t important. What is demonstrated time and again is that fertilization is hindered and implantation is impeded, hence, no pregnancy.”
According to the Washington Times article, you can expect to pay somewhere in the realm of $48 and the generic brand is about $42, a steep price when one can simply venture outdoors and pick a wildflower that does the same thing and has for decades, possibly centuries.