Whispering Woods Herbal Grimoire

Abortifacient Herbs

I have provided this information for educational purposes only. This does not reflect my personal beliefs in regards
to this subject. In fact my private beliefs shall remain personal as they should be. (Crick).                                     

Abortificants are strong, powerful herbs and should be used only for short periods of time, if used at all; they are
hard on the body, they can stress the kidneys and liver and often they will make one feel ill. Many of these herbs
are toxic, and are not considered safe to use on a regular basis or for long periods of time. They should not be
taken on a monthly basis as a contraceptive. 

If you need assistance in this area, it is strongly suggested that you see a physician.

Angelica (Dong Quai) Dried Root

(Angelica archangelica)

Angelica has a powerful action over a woman's reproductive system. American and
European Angelica were used by colonial women to promote menstruation and to
terminate pregnancy. Susan Weed, a noted herbalist, says that Angelica will bring on
delayed menstruation 60% of the time, if menstruation is no more than two weeks 
over due. A decoction of the roots is probably the most effective method for these
purposes. Midwives have used decoctions and a syrup made from Angelica roots
after childbirth to stimulate the release of a retained placenta. Some midwives claim the placenta arrives
within minutes.

If you take blood thinning agents like aspirin or other pharmaceutics, do not use Angelica or Dong Quai, as these
have the tendency to increase bleeding, when used with a blood thinner, clotting may be impaired, hemorrhage
may be the result of the combination.
Also, if you tend to bleed heavily during normal menstruation be cautious when using Dong Quai or Angelica.
Do not use this herb if you have a history of cancer or who have had or are at risk for a heart attack. People who
use blood thinning medications, or if your blood has difficultly clotting. Or if you are 6 weeks or more pregnant.

Black Cohosh - Root  

                     (Cimicifuga racemosa)                       

Black Cohosh is a an herb that helps to prepare the cervix in releasing the contents of
the uterus. It is often used during childbirth to help ripen the cervix in preparation for
It is best used when combined with Blue Cohosh. Black Cohosh also combines well with
vitamin C & Dong Quai.
Its use is for menstrual stimulating & abortifacient purposes
Black Cohosh should not be used any longer than 10 days, since doses taken often
exceed the recommended dosages. Toxic build up and/or side effects could result,
even with herbs generally considered to be safe.

Standard Decoction (root): Simmer 5-15 minutes, 1-4 Tbsp., 3-4 times a day.

Black Cohosh also should not be combined with anti-depressants. Side effects occurring with
prolonged use may include uterine irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal blood clotting (which could cause problems
when using herbs to end pregnancy, possibly hemorrhage), liver problems, it could encourage breast tumors.
And should not be taken by anyone who has been advised not to take oral contraceptives.

Blue Cohosh - Root

(Caulophyllum thalictroides)     

Blue Cohosh contains at least two uterine contracting substances, an
oxytocic effect, {oxytocin is a hormone produced during childbirth which
causes the uterus to contract} and a substance called Caulosaponin which is
a unique substance found only in Blue Cohosh which causes the uterus to
contract. It is also an estrogenic herb meaning it contains estrogen-like substances and can have
estrogen-like side effects (those with estrogen-dependent tumors should not use
this herb). Its abortive qualities are best extracted into an alcohol base, thus a tincture made from the root would
be the best form to take. The best time to use the herb is before menstruation is due, 5 days before is good. When attempting to dislodge pregnancy causing the uterus to contract is desirable.
Blue Cohosh can be used by itself or combined with other herbs. It is commonly used with Pennyroyal, an herb
with abortifacient qualities and/or Black Cohosh, which will help to soften the cervix and relax the os, it also
encourages coordinated uterine contractions and according to some sources Black Cohosh is used to temper the intensity of blue cohosh' contractibility.

Standard decoction (root) Simmer 20-30 min. 1/2 to 1 cup 3-4 times a day

Blue Cohosh can be taken as a tincture, in a cup of warm water. At a dosage of 20 drops of tincture every 4
hours for 5 days.

Can be toxic, in excess and can easily over tax the liver and kidneys. Headache and extreme nausea have been reported from using combinations of Blue Cohosh and Pennyroyal.

Continue for 1 full day after bleeding starts, to insure complete expulsion of all fetal material .

Not recommended for use by those who have kidney or heart problems of any kind, including high blood pressure
and low blood pressure. It should also not be used by those who are sensitive to estrogenic substances, such as estrogen-dependent tumors, or your physician has advised against the Pill.


(Petroselinum crispum)  

For terminating pregnancy, parsley. when used by itself it will not cause abortion.
It can be used as a tea, and it combines well with vitamin C (ascorbic acid). A parsley pessary
(vaginal insert) can aide in softening the cervix, helping it to open, to prepare for release.
A pessary is made by taking 2-4 sprigs of parsley, rinse and remove the larger part of the
stem just below the first leaf joint. After rinsing them, push them inside the vagina, as far
back as you can, placing them against the cervix. They will probably feel bulky at first, but
they will eventually soften from your body heat. Replace it every 12 hours, leaving it in
To remove the pessary, reach inside with your first two fingers and scoop out the softened herb, look for any
blood, and then discard.
Replace with fresh parsley. Parsley is a great herb for bringing on a tardy period.
The main components of the roots and leaves, in average 10–30%, are myristicin, limonene and
1,3,8-p-menthatriene; minor components are mono- and sesquiterpenes.

Should not be used by individuals with inflammatory kidney problems or diseases.

Penny Royal - Aerial parts

                   (Mentha Pulegium)                          

Pennyroyal is a well-known abortificant which causes the uterine muscles to contract, it
is said to be very effective and is sometimes combined with Blue Cohosh, or Mugwort.
It is believed to be most effective as a tea, drunk while hot. Either dried or fresh herb
can be used, some think a tea made from the fresh herb may be more effective. During
American colonial times a tablespoon of brewers yeast was frequently added to a freshly
brewed cup of pennyroyal tea to induce abortion.
Dose of 20 drops of tincture in a cup of hot water. Not more than four cups per day and
for no more than 5 days to induce menstruation without taxing the body.                    
Or take a whole plant and steep as tea or in tincture form into hot water. No more than three cups a day. It is very effective. It can be mixed with Blue Cohosh to help cramping.
Side effects are; nausea, numbness in extremities, dizziness, sweating. Too much is can be highly toxic.

Pennyroyal has been used traditionally to induce abortions. However, pennyroyal is dangerous and has led to
serious adverse effects and death.  The essential oil of pennyroyal should never be used internally even in small amounts it is a deadly poison. Anyone with kidney disease or damage should not use Pennyroyal.

                                                         Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)  
Tansy's main constitute, thujone is toxic, and very concentrated in the oil.
Thujone also has a potent action on the uterus, its a uterine stimulant.
Dose; 10 drops of the tincture in a cup of warm water every 2 hours until
bleeding begins.
To make a tea, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the dried herb per cup of water 3-4
times a day. For up to 5 days. It is very important to follow up with immediate
medical attention if complications occur.
Tansy contains thujone, which is known to be mutagenic, meaning that it disrupts normal DNA and cell replication, causing birth defects. Tansy should not be used in combination with vitamin C as they counteract each other.
While all abortifacient herbs are dangerous, Tansy is especially toxic.

Not to be used by women who normally menstruate heavily, anyone with epilepsy, liver problems, kidney problems, it is also phototoxic (meaning it can make skin extra sensitive to sunlight and may cause burning of the skin, or rash if skin is exposed to the sun). The essential oil should never be taken internally, it is lethal in small amounts.

                                            Wild Carrot (Queens Anne Lace)
                                                       (Daucus carota)

                              The name 'Carrot' is Celtic, and means "red of colour".                  

A teaspoon of crushed seeds has long been used as a contraceptive, its use
for this purpose was first described by Hippocrates over 2,000 years ago.
Wild carrot disrupts the implantation process, and is thus an abortifacient.
The seeds block progesterone synthesis.
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) plants closely resemble Wild Carrot. It has purple spotted stems without hairs, unlike the stems of wild carrot which are hairy and lack the purple spots.

There are many other herbs such as Wormwood, Mugwort and so forth that can be used as Abortifacient Herbs. But because of my personal views and the dangers involved with the use of these herbs, I will not list any further herbs under this subject. If you choose to research these herbs, please acquire as much information as possible before using or sharing such knowledge. (Crick)

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