Essential Oils and Morning Sickness
People have used essential oils for thousands of years to treat any number of ailments and conditions. Essential oils are normally not taken internally, and are used in a fashion such as aromatherapy. That being said, some people have used essential oils as flavorings for food or drinks. More often, they’re used in cosmetics, perfumes, incense or just on their own. Essential oils have been used to treat many conditions, including things like the common cold or backache. You can also use essential oils for your morning sickness symptoms while you are pregnant.
Ginger root is known for its anti-nausea properties, and you can use an essential oil made from ginger root to combat morning sickness. Ginger has proven to be effective at relieving nausea due to morning sickness as well as other causes for many centuries.
There are a number of other essential oils used to reduce morning sickness, as well. Some women have had success with traditional essential oils like fennel and peppermint. Other women have had success with essential oils such as lime.
There are also some essential oils you should definitely cross off your list when you’re pregnant. These oils mimic a hormonal reaction, and should be avoided. Essentials oils such as Aniseed, Bay Leaf, Thyme, Tarragon, Juniper, Sagen, Hyssop, Camphor, Rosemary, and Basil fall into this category. Some essential oils, known as abortifacent oils, should be completely avoided during pregnancy. In addition to some of the other ones mentioned, such as Pennyroyal, Rue, Sage, Thuga, Tansy, and Wormwood, Mugwort, Savin, and Sassafras fall into the abortifacent category.
There are many ways to get your essential oils. You can use an essential oil spray, and there are even spritzer bottles that are specifically used to help you get the most from essential oils. Some women choose to put a drop of essential oil on a cloth, and use it as a forehead compress. Take care not to ingest essential oils while you’re pregnant without first talking with your doctor about their safety and their appropriateness.