The use of medicinal herbs for morning sickness remedy and relief have been a part of traditional herbal medicine for a long time. Many of these natural herbs can be of great help to alleviate or even eliminate the symptoms associated with morning sickness.

Some of these medicinal plant or herbs for morning sickness treatment have undergone medical evaluations and are supported by scientific evidence while others can only be supported by anecdotal evidence.

As with any other forms of medication, be it medicinal herbs or other natural remedies, it is always a good idea to first consult a medical practitioner

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Ginger – Herbs for morning sickness – ©The Herbal Resource

Some Common Medicinal Herbs For Morning Sickness Relief

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

This herb is probably one of the most popular medicinal herbs for morning sickness. Ginger has a long historical use as a natural treatment for nausea and vomiting. In fact, it is a staple in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Present day clinical trials have confirmed that it does soothe the digestive system and decrease in the severity of nausea. Ginger can be taken in a powdered form or steeped in hot water to make a tea. Although classified by the Food and Drug Administration as being generally safe, there have been some concerns regarding its prolonged use. However few clinical studies have found evidence of any adverse effects.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint is a medicinal herb that has a calming effect. It helps to aid in digestion and also assists the flow of bile. Peppermint is commonly recommended for the treatment of nausea and morning sickness. Recent studies have substantiated the power of peppermint in calming and settling the stomach. The medicinal properties of the peppermint herb can be attributed to menthol. Menthol is a natural cooling, anesthetic for the stomach. In the nineteenth century menthol vapors were used for the treatment of morning sickness.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

Anise seeds are known as detoxifying and calming agents. They can offer treatment for heartburn and associated discomfort. Anise has been used traditionally in many different cultures to reduce or eliminate symptoms of morning sickness and other issues with nausea.

Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

While there no scientific studies to support the use of raspberry as one of the effective herbs for morning sickness, it has strong traditional roots and reputation as a treatment for variety of “female” conditions such as menstrual cramps, morning sickness and labor pains.

Black Horehound (Ballota nigra)

Black horehound is a customary natural treatment for both motion sickness and morning sickness.

The taste of this herb is a little harsh so it is often mixed with other herbs such as camomile and meadowsweet.

Persons who have allergies to aspirin should however avoid the use of meadowsweet since it contains a similar compound.

Other natural herbs that have been used for morning sickness relief.

  • Chamomile – (Chamomilla recutita )
  • Peach – (Prunus persica)
  • Cabbage – (Brassica oleracea)
  • False Unicorn – (Chamaelirium luteum)
  • Galangal – (Alpinia officinarum)

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