How to Use Aromatherapy to Combat Morning Sickness

Posted on May 13, 2012 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article

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Morning sickness is more than a drag for some pregnant women. It can be downright frustrating, and even debilitating. You can’t take most of the over the counter medicines, either, because they just haven’t sufficiently been tested for use during pregnancy. That means turning to alternative forms of treatment.

One treatment many women have had great success with is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy relies on the power of scents to help improve your health and well-being. By using essential oils, aromatherapy works on your olfactory senses to help with what ails you. Because so often morning sickness can be triggered by smells, it only stands to reason that some women have luck using aromatherapy to combat morning sickness.

If you want to try this out, here are some tips to get you started:

  • Remember the power of ginger. Ginger tends to have amazing anti-nausea properties, and this applies to aromatherapy as well. The fact of the matter is that a couple of drops of ginger sprayed from an aromatherapy inhaler may work wonders for your morning sickness. If you don’t have an inhaler, placing a couple of drops on a tissue and breathing through the tissue may do the trick.
  • Don’t forget mint. Many women get relief from their morning sickness using peppermint or spearmint. These mints can also be used in aromatherapy. Mint tends to have a settling property, and help to calm your stomach. In fact, after-dinner mints were more or less invented for this reason. Try some aromatherapy using mint, and you may find your morning sickness dissipating.
  • There are other essential oils you can try, too. Some of the aromatherapy mixtures that expectant moms have used to help combat morning sickness can include Anise, Basil, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Chamomile, Clove, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood, and Spikenard.

Here’s a quick recipe to get you started. Mix 1 drop of basil, 1 drop of lavender, and one drop of peppermint with two teaspoons of carrier oil. Rub your hands together to warm them up, and then apply the warm oil to your belly. Once you’re done, you can also cup your hands over your nose and mouth for a few minutes, too.

Have you tried aromatherapy for your morning sickness? How did it work out for you?


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