Morning sickness affects about 50% of women during the first three to four months of pregnancy. Despite the name, it can occur at any time of the day, so it’s good to have a remedy that works well for you. Essential oils can be very effective for alleviating the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Inhalations and hot compresses placed on the abdomen are the most effective ways of using essential oils for the treatment of morning sickness.
During pregnancy, it is best to err on the side of caution when using essential oils. It’s wise to check with your doctor or qualified health professional prior to using any essential oils at home during your pregnancy. But there’s no doubt that aromatherapy and essential oils, if used correctly and with care, have an important role to play in helping a woman through her pregnancy and the birth of her baby.
Here are the seven essential oils that can help alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness in pregnancy.
Best Essential Oils for Morning Sickness
Peppermint Mentha piperita
Peppermint essential oil is an excellent oil for the digestive system, it is very effective at relieving nausea and vomiting, making it very useful during morning sickness in pregnancy. Its strong, fresh and minty aroma also promotes a clear head and revives and refreshes you if you’re feeling fatigued.
Put one drop in a bowl of steaming water for an inhalation or place one to two drops on a tissue and keep it nearby to inhale. You can also place 1 drop on your temples to alleviate a headache.
Mandarin Citrus reticulata
Mandarin essential oil is a very versatile oil during pregnancy. Its not only good for stretch marks and relieving flatulence, it is also an effective cure when blended with peppermint oil for morning sickness. It has a tonic effect on the digestive system, helping to relieve nausea and vomiting. Its sweet, sharp citrus smell will help you embrace your inner child and evoke happiness.
Add two drops into a bowl of steaming water together with one drop of peppermint oil for an inhalation. You can also place one to two drops on a tissue to keep with you throughout the day.
Petitigrain Citrus reticulata
Petitigrain essential oil, great for the digestive system, is also uplifting and refreshing for the nervous system. It can be used for nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions. It is also very relaxing and can be helpful for insomnia. It makes a very effective cure for morning sickness in pregnancy when combined with the other essential oils mentioned here.
Best used in an inhalation for the purpose of morning sickness, add three drops to a bowl of steaming water for an inhalation, or mix one drop with two drops of another essential oil recommended for inhalation.
Sweet Orange Citrus Sinensis
Orange essential oil helps to settle the digestive system and in doing so can help relieve the vomiting and nausea associated with morning sickness in pregnancy. It is also great for constipation and flatulence. Its sweet, soft, fresh and zesty aroma is uplifting, positive and joyful, helping to relax and harmonize emotions. It is very good for diffusing stress during pregnancy.
Add one to three drops to a bowl of boiling water for an inhalation, or one drop combined with two drops of other essential oils recommended for morning sickness. You can also place one to two drops on a tissue to sniff during the day.
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Lavender essential oil is said to be very effective for alleviating morning sickness during pregnancy, either as an inhalation or as a hot compress over the abdomen. It is a very gentle yet powerful essential oil with many uses during pregnancy due to its mild and soothing properties. It is one of two essential oils together with Roman chamomile Anthemis nobilis that can be used in massage blends as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, provided that you use weak dilutions under the supervision of your medical doctor or a qualified aromatherapist. It is very cooling and can help to reduce irritability and calm the nerves.
Add one to three drops to a bowl of boiling water for an inhalation, or one drop combined with two drops of other essential oils recommended for morning sickness. You can also make a hot compress to place on your abdomen by adding six drops of lavender to a bowl of steaming water.
Ginger Zingiber officinalis
Ginger essential oil is excellent for helping to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness in pregnancy. It is excellent blended with sweet orange, or any of the oils above, to treat vomiting and nausea. As a grounding oil, its warming nature promotes inner strength and motivates you when you feel flat.
Add one drop together with two drops of other essential oils to a bowl of steaming water for an inhalation. You can also add one drop to a tissue to keep with you throughout the day. To make a hot compress, add two drops ginger and four drops lavender to a bowl of hot water.
Spearmint Mentha spicata
Spearmint essential oil shares similar properties to peppermint. It is great for relieving nausea and vomiting and its warm, sweet minty aroma is uplifting, cleansing and stimulating to the spirit. Its also great for fatigue, headaches, migraine and stress.
You can use spearmint in the same way as peppermint, although in addition, you can also combine two drops with four drops lavender to make a hot compress.
When used correctly and with care, essential oils can be very effective in the treatment of morning sickness in pregnancy.
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