Herbs That Can Help Alleviate Some Ailments During Pregnancy

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Herbs That Can Help Alleviate Some Ailments During Pregnancy

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The possibility of being pregnant during a crisis or prolonged period of self-sufficiency is something that is both a miracle and a challenge.  Since there’s a good chance that normal access to prenatal care may be limited or not available, it’s important to consider how mom and the baby can be as healthy and nourished as possible.  There are a handful of common herbs that have been used for ages to ease some common ailments during pregnancy, and they can be used now as well as during a crisis. 

Ginger

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Ginger is a fantastic choice for helping calm upset stomachs and ease nausea.  Many believe that it can reduce the effects of morning sickness, which could be a godsend, and it’s generally considered safe to take ginger in small amounts.  However, there are some concerns that too much ginger can produce potentially-harmful side effects, but these usually occur when large quantities are consumed for a prolonged period of time.

The best way to take the ginger is to grate a small amount and put it in with your tea of choice along with a little honey.  Another option is to make some ginger syrup which can be added to a variety of foods in small amounts as well.  You can also add a little bit to some soda water to enjoy a homemade ginger ale. 

Just make sure you do some research to discover the benefits as well as drawbacks associated with using ginger while pregnant so that you don’t overdo it. 

Chamomile

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Chamomile, particularly chamomile tea, produces a soothing, calming effect that is a great way to slow the mind and prepare for sleep at the end of the day.  However, it is also a natural stress-reducer that can improve sleep duration and quality as well.  Consequently, a cup or two of chamomile tea everyday could be just what the doctor ordered to ease frayed nerves and encourage the body to get an appropriate amount of rest.

Witch Hazel

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It is not uncommon for women to suffer from hemorrhoids, and this can be more debilitating and distracting than most people think.  One of the benefits associated witch hazel is how it soothes cracked, broken skin, and it can work wonders with reliving the pain, irritation and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids. 

The easiest way to use this remedy is to take a tablespoon or two of witch hazel and steep it in some almost-simmering water.  Let it cool until it is safe to apply to bare skin before dabbing some of it around the affected area with a small cloth or towel.  Let the tea soak in and repeat as necessary.  Another option is to make a bag of witch hazel out of cheesecloth, tie it up, and place it in a warm bath in order to let the whole body absorb the potent compounds. 

Red Raspberry Leaf

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This is a lesser-known herbal remedy, but it may play a big role in easing the pain as well as the duration of labor.  It is thought to condition the uterus in some way that makes it more toned during the latter months of pregnancy.  The general consensus is that women benefit more from this remedy if they start taking it during their second and third trimester.  Just make a tea from the leaves, and enjoy a cup or two a day as you get closer to your due date, and maybe it will help to make delivery a little more bearable.

Learn more about these and other natural remedies that may help to ease the physical burden of pregnancy now as well as during a survival situation.  This is just one more reason why you should have a nice supply of medicinal herbs on hand, and now is the time to start stocking up and learning how to prepare homemade remedies, whether you’re pregnant or not.