It is common for women to favor natural remedies when pregnant, in an effort to lessen exposure to chemicals and synthetic products. Home remedies for morning sickness have long been favored over their pharmaceutical counterparts. They are more effective, cost less and take little time to whip up. This article will provide pregnant women with a list of natural home remedies for morning sickness, including detailed instructions for how to create the chosen remedy in the comfort of home.
1. Aromatherapy Using Essential Oils
Essential oils are a lovely home remedy for morning sickness that is quick to use, easy to take with you and effective. Peppermint oil, especially, is excellent for combating nausea. Other popular essential oil options when researching proven home remedies for morning sickness during pregnancy are lavender and lemon.
Essential oils (choose high-quality oils, not fragrance oils)
Essential oils can be enjoyed by simply removing the cap to the glass bottle and sniffing in the soothing aroma. Oils can be diffused in the home using an essential oil diffuser that has had a few drops of your chosen oil added to the water. Adding 2-3 drops of oil to a relaxing bath is one of the most soothing of morning sickness home remedies.
2. Alkalizing Tonic
Morning sickness can throw all of the body’s levels off balance. Many women have reported great success when focusing on trying to maintain an alkaline state within the body. This apple cider vinegar based drink is tasty, easy to sip, and quick to settle a queasy stomach.
1 quart of water
1 tablespoon of raw honey or agave nectar
3 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
2 lemons, juiced
Mix the above ingredients in a pitcher or jar. Sip small amounts (at room temperature or gently warmed) throughout the day. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator and be sure to mix well before pouring a new cup.
While it is widely known that ginger ale is a great remedy to reach for during a time of stomach upset, it is important to note that ginger in all its forms is incredibly effective to quell a morning sick stomach. Ginger is a natural anti-spasmodic that not only works well as a home remedy for morning sickness, but it tastes great too!
Pot of water
Candied Ginger Chews
The goal is to incorporate ginger into your diet throughout the day. Heat a pot of water to boiling, turn the heat off and add 2-3 bags of ginger tea (organic is ideal). Allow the tea to steep, and enjoy either warm or iced throughout the day. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Candied ginger chews are a convenient way to keep ginger on hand at all times. Most grocery stores carry individually wrapped ginger candies that you can stash in your purse, your car or your desk and chew as soon as you notice any morning sickness symptoms starting to arrive.
When the flora inside the stomach and digestive tract are out of balance, it can lead to not only a weakened immune system but also stomach upset. Morning sickness that leads to vomiting necessitates getting the gut back in optimal shape, which is where probiotics come in. Choose a probiotic that has multiple strains and at least 10 billion colony forming units.
Probiotic pill, capsule or powder
Glass of water
Following the dosage instructions on your specific probiotic (and adhering to your doctor’s recommendations,) take your probiotic on a full stomach with a glass of water.
5. Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Studies have shown that there is a link between morning sickness and magnesium deficiency in pregnant women. Soaking the feet in a soothing Epsom salt bath is a quick and easy way to boost the body’s stores of magnesium, while soothing tired feet and helping to promote relaxation at the same time.
1 bag of epsom salts
Small tub of warm water
Situate your towels in front of a chair or sofa where you can comfortably sit while your feet soak. Place the tub of warm water on top of the towels and add 1/4-1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Gently stir the salts into the water using your toes. Place both feet in the tub, sit back and enjoy.
6. Acupressure Bands
In Chinese Medicine, it is said that there are certain points on the body that, when light pressure is applied, can help alleviate problems within the body. This is one of the most popular home remedies for morning sickness because it is so easy! Acupressure bands are commonly known as motion sickness bands, are also very effective in helping pregnant women take control over their morning sickness. The bands can be found at most drugstores.
Open the band packaging and slip onto the wrist. Wear as often as needed until you feel the morning sickness has passed.
7. Plain, Salty Snacks
You need to look no further than your pantry or cabinet to find one of the most simple home remedies for morning sickness. Foods such as crackers, pretzels, and popcorn have all been shown to settle the stomach and keep women with morning sickness from vomiting.
Butter-Free, Salted Popcorn
Keep a few of these salty snack choices on you at all times. Taking small nibbles throughout the day can help keep morning sickness from rearing its ugly head. Try to take a few bites before getting out of bed in the morning.
8. Homemade Fennel Tea
Fennel has long been used to treat nausea, especially in pregnant women. This natural, black licorice-flavored seed is a powerful natural remedy and is one of the home remedies for morning sickness that many women recommend trying.
1 Tablespoon of whole fennel seeds
1 cup boiling water
Coffee Grinder or Mortar and Pestle
Crush the fennel seeds with the coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. Add the crushed seeds to the boiling water. Let steep at least 10 minutes before draining. Sip the tea throughout the day.
9. Increase Vitamin B6 Intake
Vitamin B6 is often lacking in pregnant women who are suffering from morning sickness. Upping your intake of this important vitamin has been proven to be one of the most effective home remedies for morning sickness there is.
Vitamin B6 Supplement, 10 mg
Take one 10 mg pill 2-3 times a day as recommended by your doctor.
10. Sour Lemons
Combat a sour stomach with a sour tasting snack of lemon slices! Out of all of the home remedies for morning sickness out there, most pregnant women have never heard of this one despite its effectiveness.
Air Tight Container
Wash and slice a lemon into thin slices. Store the lemon slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Any time a wave of morning sickness hits, nibble on or simply taste the juice from one of the lemon slices.
As mentioned earlier, increasing magnesium can quickly help to get morning sickness symptoms under control. A lovely way to get more magnesium is through the use of a magnesium oil that allows the magnesium to be absorbed through the skin
1 cup of hot water
1 cup of magnesium chloride flakes
Mix the above ingredients in a lidded container. To get the flakes to dissolve, vigorously shake the container until you are no longer able to see any flakes. Allow the oil to cool. Apply to the body on areas that are thin-skinned, such as behind the knees and the insides of the arms.
12. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is incredibly soothing when dealing with all kinds of stomach upset. Morning sickness, especially, responds well to the slow sipping of a peppermint tea. It can be enjoyed warm or iced.
Mug of Hot Water
Add peppermint tea to a mug of hot water. Allow to steep for several minutes and then allow to cool down. Remove tea bag and sip on peppermint tea throughout the day.
Morning sickness can detract from an otherwise joyful time in a woman’s life. It’s wonderful to have so many natural home remedies for morning sickness available to try. Not all remedies will work for all women, so don’t be discouraged if you need to try a few to find the perfect fit. Did you suffer from morning sickness when pregnant? If you tried any of the above home remedies for morning sickness, or know of a different method, please share in the comments below.
Also make sure to come back in a few months after your bundle of joy arrives and check out our article on home remedies for stretch marks!