Excited to be pregnant, but not so excited about that morning sickness? Herbs and other natural remedies have been used for centuries to curb morning sickness and other stomach ailments. This article will take a look at some of the most effective natural remedies for morning sickness. Especially when pregnant, prolonged use of any of these herbs should be checked with your physician.
Herbs for Morning Sickness
Ginger – this herb has a long history of being used to treat nausea and vomiting. Modern clinical trials have proven its efficiency in soothing the stomach and decreasing the severity of nausea. Ginger can be taken in a powder forms or added to a cup of hot water and drank as a tea. You can also take ginger in capsule form. If you are desperate for a quick fix and have some ginger ale at home, pop it open but wait until the beverage is flat; the carbonation may only upset your stomach more.
Peppermint – peppermint has long been revered for its soothing effects and is taken for various ailments. It has been shown to settle the stomach and aid in digestion. The powerful ingredient in peppermint is menthol, so if you can’t find a pure peppermint oil, you may look for a menthol substitute. For some, it is enough to just smell menthol to soothe the stomach. A few drops of peppermint oil can be added to your food/beverage, or you can brew yourself a nice cup of peppermint tea to help soothe the stomach.
Another option is to add a drop of peppermint oil to a sugar cube and either add it to a beverage or just suck on the cube. A different version of this is to add a drop of peppermint oil in each cube of your ice tray, fill the ice tray, and then chew on the peppermint-infused ice cubes when your stomach is upset. You can also create a soothing belly rub by adding 1 drop of peppermint oil to 3 drops of chamomile oil; place the oil mixture on a warm, damp towel and rub on your stomach.
Anise – anise seeds offer relief for both stomach discomfort and heartburn, which is another ailment that plagues many pregnant women. Drink it as a tea, placing ¼ teaspoon in ½ cup boiling water. Steep for five minutes, strain, and enjoy! If you don’t have any anise seeds in your cupboard and need fast relief, you may also use fennel seeds, which can be chewed on.
Black horehound – despite its funny name and unique flavor, this herb is well-known for its effectiveness in reducing nausea related to morning sickness. The herb is usually taken as a tea; sprinkle ¼ teaspoon into a cup of boiling water. Steep, strain, and sip. If the odor or taste is unappealing, add a couple drops of chamomile to the tea. Black horehound can also be found in a syrup form, in which 1 teaspoon of syrup may be taken up to three times a day.
Lemon – while its effects may not be as powerful, many pregnant women have claimed that just smelling lemon helped alleviate their morning sickness. Add a slice or two of lemon to one of the herbal teas suggested above, add some lemon to your water, or just keep a slice handy in the morning.
Brewer’s yeast – High in B6 and magnesium, brewer’s yeast can have a significant impact on your nausea. It can be taken in powder or flake form. You can sprinkle some on your food or mix it into a glass of lemonade or lemon water.
Organic apple juice – Keep a glass on your nightstand and sip on it before bedtime and throughout the night. While this may not prevent the morning sickness, it will help alleviate some of the effects of morning sickness, such as low blood sugar.
It is very important to remember to stay hydrated, especially when suffering from morning sickness. Eat small meals periodically, get plenty of fresh air, and stay active. And as much as you can, get lots of rest!
Published: June 17, 2015. By Sasha Brown
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