Morning sickness refers to the extreme discomfort that pregnant women usually experience in the morning especially during the second trimester of their pregnancy. Its indications include nausea, vomiting and aversion to certain foods.
There are various ways to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. These include exercise, medication, and aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is one of the oldest methods of treating morning sickness. It involves the use of extracts and essential oils from aromatic plants to alleviate various illnesses. It is natural, effective, and low on side effects.
The most common essential oils that people use to treat morning sickness are:
1. Peppermint essential oil
2. Lemon essential oil
3. Ginger essential oil
4. Spearmint essential oil
Just like other forms of treatment, aromatherapy involves certain procedures that you need to follow to effectively treat your specific ailment.
Here are some of the most common and effective ways to treat morning sickness with aromatherapy:
You can inhale the aroma of your essential oil by putting a few drops of it on your handkerchief and smell it. If you have an aromatherapy diffusor, you can also use it for this purpose.
2. Body Application
If you intend to apply essential oil directly on your body, you should dilute it first with a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil to prevent it from harming your skin. This will help to alleviate your discomfort.
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts. You should avoid applying them directly on your skin in its undiluted form as it might cause irritation.
Apply the diluted essential oil directly on your navel or behind your ears once every three or four hours.
3. Tongue Application
Put a drop of essential oil on your tongue to alleviate the symptoms of your morning sickness.
As a word of advice, you need to complement aromatherapy with proper diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep. These can help to give you a faster relief from morning sickness.
Do not forget to seek professional advice before you apply aromatherapy for your morning sickness.