Morning sickness is just a fact of pregnancy for most pregnant women. While some mothers-to-be have only occasional or mild nausea, others are stricken with such severe morning sickness that they can barely keep anything down. Mint tea may help fight morning sickness; however, you should consider a few guidelines before you start to brew.
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Peppermint grows naturally in the wild. This versatile herb can be used in leaf form, as oil that can be added to products for flavoring, or in dried form as a tea. Peppermint has long been used to treat common medical symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, colds and headaches. In addition to sucking on peppermint candies, a common suggestion for pregnant women, peppermint tea may help tame the nausea associated with morning sickness.
Peppermint and Morning Sickness
Peppermint is one of many potential treatments for both nausea and pregnancy-related morning sickness. However, whether or not it actually works is open to debate. Its scientific effects on nausea have not been studied enough to form conclusions about whether or not it is a viable treatment. In addition, it may not necessarily be the tea that is effective: the March of Dimes promotes clear liquids for hydration, which on their own may help reduce nausea. Still, there is anecdotal evidence regarding peppermint tea's effect on morning sickness, as it is commonly recommended on pregnancy websites and in books as a potential treatment. It may work for some women while it may have no effect on others. But can it hurt?
Herbal Tea Safety
Herbal remedies during pregnancy are a bit of a grey area. Most herbs have not been studied in enough detail for their full effects on pregnant women to be understood; however, teas may be safer than herbal supplements since they are generally less concentrated. According to the American Pregnancy Association, peppermint tea is considered “likely safe” for pregnant women. While this may not sound like a resounding yes, it means that there is little evidence to the contrary. Of course, herbal teas are not regulated by the FDA, so always check with your doctor before you use any type of herbal pregnancy tea.
Herbal Tea Products
Consumer teas, like those that come prepackaged in a box from a national brand, are potentially safer than buying your own loose herbs or using herbs from your garden to make a tea. The concentrations of the loose forms may vary, and can potentially reach the unsafe quantities category. Many major brands only use herbs in amounts that are considered safe: while the FDA does not regulate herbal products, it does post guidelines that many major manufacturers follow. If you want to try herbal tea for morning sickness, stick with the kind you buy from the supermarket.