Tea for Two

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 | Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article

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You’ve heard it said that while you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two. Most doctors and dietitians would debate the soundness of that advice. But if you’re experiencing morning sickness, you may want to try drinking for two. Tea for two, to be more specific.

Don’t misunderstand us. We’re not suggesting that you start slamming back caffeinated tea. All caffeinated drinks should be avoided or at least limited during pregnancy.

However, there are many herbal substances known to help relieve morning sickness which can be brewed as a tea. These include:

  • Ginger. Recent studies have shown that women given ginger for morning sickness reported relief 88% of the time, compared with less than 30% in the control group. To make ginger tea, boil a cup of water and add 2 tsp of fresh, grated ginger root.
  • Chamomile. Chamomile tea is available in most grocery stores. One particularly tasty variation you might try is Sleepytime. Sleepytime also has vanilla flavor, so be aware of its affect on you.
  • Peppermint. Again, there are plenty of caffeine free peppermint teas available at your average grocery store.
  • Raspberry. This is especially effective if you can brew the actual raspberry leaves, though some find the flavored teas to be effective as well.
  • Lavender. One of the most soothing scents available, lavender tea can help relax your mind and body as well as relive morning sickness.

Of course, many of these flavors can be taken in other forms as well. Peppermint and lavender are both known to help morning sickness when inhaled. Ginger root can be taken straight.

Whichever herbal substances you use, and however you take them, make sure to adjust the potency to fit your needs. The scent of peppermint may soothe your morning sickness, but too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. As we all know, strong odors of any kind can bring on morning sickness. It’s best to stick with mild teas, regardless of flavor.

Herb, tinctures, and teas for morning sickness are not exactly new ideas. Which ones have you tried? Have they worked for you? What other herbal teas have you found to help with morning sickness?




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