5 natural cures for nausea
Five ways to ease nausea, plus tips on picking a prenatal.
Pregnancy can be a time of joy … and, often, also of morning sickness. The nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness can happen any time of day—not just in the morning. It is thought to be caused by the rapid rise of estrogen during pregnancy as well a pregnancy hormone called hCG.
Lori Bregman, founder of Rooted for Life (rootedforlife. com), a holistic support program for moms-to-be, recommends these natural remedies to ease symptoms.
1. GRAB SOME GINGER
Take ginger capsules, drink ginger tea, or slice or grate fresh ginger into hot water or tea.
2. THINK ZINC (AND VITAMIN B6)
Take zinc supplements, as well as vitamin B6 (often found in prescription morningsickness drugs) every 8 hours. Also, brewer’s yeast is high in B vitamins, which
Healthy tip! If your prenatal supplement makes you feel nauseous, try taking your vitamin with a meal or snack, or right before you go to bed.
prevent nausea; it can be sprinkled on foods such as cereal or rice.
3. HAVE A CUP OF TEA
Raspberry leaf, peppermint, and anise teas can all be helpful for morning sickness.
4. GET HELP FROM HOMEOPATHY
Bregman suggests nux vomica (6X) or ipecac (30X) as needed. Or place two drops of Bach’s Rescue Remedy (a blend of flower essences) under your tongue as needed.
5. PUT IT ON ICE
Try Bregman’s Lemon Ice Cubes: Mix 1 quart of water with the juice of 2–4 lemons, depending on how much tartness you prefer. If you want more sweetness, add stevia to taste. Pour into an ice tray, freeze, and suck on the cubes, or crush them and eat. Lemons have a calming effect and have been known to help relieve nausea.