Aromatherapy for Morning Sickness

Around fifty percent of expectant moms feel nauseous in their first trimester of gestation. Among the key reasons causing morning sickness is squat blood glucose levels or noxiousness in the GI tract or liver.

Morning sickness during pregnancyHere are some of the finest essential oils based remedies for allaying morning sickness.

  • Adding four to five droplets spearmint into a container having scorching water which is to be placed by the bedside on the ground. Inhalation of these continually dispersed aromatic molecules would have a calming effect on the abdomen. Also a droplet could be placed on the cushion one is sleeping on.
  • An inhalant could be prepared by adding four to five droplets spearmint or menthe longifolia essential oil (optionally ginger) for calming the tummy.
  • A nausea-lowering inhalant could be made by a potent combo of essential oils like one part peppermint/lemon to four parts lavender. A couple of drops could be added to hankies, aromatic lamps or diffusers. Lavender has a calming effect on the central nervous system whereas lemon/peppermint has an invigorating effect.
  • Expectant mothers could also daily sip a tea prepared by mixing analogous proportions of:
    • Alfa alfa
    • Hindberry leaf
    • Peppermint
  • Pregnant women eating Red RaspberryPregnant women are advised to take Red Raspberry during meal times that help in supporting reproductive system and its astringent compounds help improve digestion. Also pregnant women should consume lighter or smaller snacks/ meals that are spaced at briefer time intervals. They should also be consuming adequate fiber-rich foods and stay amply hydrated to facilitate easier bowel movements that could also allay morning sickness.
  • Intake of digestive enzymes like Practazyme Plus along with meals is also advised as they aid in breaking down majority of the food forms, enhance assimilation, activate necessary vitamins which might be otherwise washed out, help body in extracting requisite minerals, ably suited for vegans and helps in assimilation of starchy or sugary diets.
  • Pregnant women are advised to steer clear from or reduce intake of fat, sugars, sodium, caffeine and foods that have undergone processing.
  • Also daily intake of B complex supplements (having added Mg, B6) for curbing nausea and puking. Food forms high in B6, Mg are banana, chicken, sun flower seed, walnut, probiotic yoghurt, brown rice.
  • Although it is believed that too much intake of ginger could be causal to contractions in the uterus but several herbal practitioners’ advice cautiously using ginger during gestation. The herb could be taken in capsular or minced form.
  • For maintaining optimal liver, spleen and digestive functioning pregnant women should ideally take digestion supplements (LIV-J) along with their meals.
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