It is important to note that most herbs listed here are safe in normal amounts used in cooking. High doses taken daily may harm you or your baby. Before taking any medications or herbals products, it is always important to consult with your physician.
Herbs that can be used while pregnant
Peppermint is a refreshing and cool herb, but it has more benefits than just preventing bad breath.
The fresh leaves can help relieve nausea, vomiting, and gassiness. It is beneficial for women who are dealing with morning sickness.
If you don’t have access to fresh peppermint, you can find peppermint tea in many grocery stores and health shops.
Virgin coconut oil
VCO is a versatile superfood. Virgin coconut oil is great to use on dry skin and hair. A recent study has also shown that virgin coconut oil may be effective against COVID-19 due to its antiviral properties.
It is a source of medium-chain triglycerides which are said to be effective at controlling cravings and preventing weight gain.
So far, there have been no adverse effects while using VCO and it is considered safe to use during pregnancy.
Ginger, or luya, used in food and drink is a good way to add refreshing flavor and health benefits. It can be peeled and sliced and steeped in hot water to make salabat tea. You can add honey and lemon or calamansi to add flavor and a boost of vitamin C.
This is a great herbal remedy for soothing a sore throat or prevent a cold early on. It is also said to help with nausea which can ease morning sickness. If you do not have fresh ginger, you can buy the powdered version.
Pregnant women often suffer from constipation at some point during gestation. Adding fiber to your diet is an effective and natural way to improve bowel motility and form softer, bulkier stools. Eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great ways to include fiber in your diet. If that is not enough, psyllium with plenty of water can help.