Help Fight the Not-So-Glamourous Battles of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a happy time, but there is a laundry list of side effects women really could do without. If pregnant women went to see, their doctor every time a new symptom popped up they would be going to see the doctor literally every day for nine months.
Herbal teas can help alleviate some of the more common side effects
• Nausea/ Vomiting- Ginger, peppermint, spearmint, and red raspberry leaf teas are all common remedies for nausea and vomiting inside and outside of pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, these are recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA.
• Bloating/ Gas- Peppermint and chamomile tea are recognized as safe. A study in South-west England showed that chamomile was the number one herbal remedy used by pregnant women.
• Aches/Pains- Green and turmeric teas have been recognized to help reduce inflammation and are GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA.
• Increased Blood Pressure- Hibiscus tea
Please take note: Make sure to check and double check ingredients and safety. Not all teas are safe for pregnant or nursing moms, and some can be dangerous to your pregnancy. Speak with your OBGYN or other trained medical provider to ensure
Alleviating the Pain of Arthritis
Arthritis is a seriously debilitating and painful condition in which a person’s immune system attacks their joints as if they are foreign materials causing inflammation and pain.
The Arthritis Foundation recognizes the polyphenols in black, white, green, and oolong teas for helping with the inflammation and pain of living with arthritis. While not technically classified as “herbal” teas, they are effective.
Other herbal varieties can help. Specifically, willow bark tea can help alleviate pain, and inflammation. Willow bark has been used for centuries to relieve pain and was distilled to make aspirin distilled before modern pharmaceutical companies even existed. Other options include turmeric, rooibos, ginger and rosehip teas.
Lowering High Blood Pressure
Several herbal teas can help decrease high blood pressure and the risks associated with the ailment. Thousands of Americans suffer from high blood pressure and other cardiovascular health issues daily. Some cases can be managed with diet and exercise, but others need medical interventions.
In a study from the Journal of Nutrition hibiscus tea was shown to lower systolic blood pressure over 7 points in participants who were pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive. It can also help in other cardiovascular disease; there is evidence that suggests it may be effective in helping normalize cholesterol levels.
By replacing other sugar-laden drinks like soda and juice, any tea can help manage type 2 diabetes. Some are more effective than others are because of certain compounds found in the teas. Polyphenols in black, oolong, and especially green tea can have a positive effect on the blood sugar.
A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that a compound found in berries- especially blueberries- reduces insulin resistance and has other positive effects on cholesterol. Berry teas are a low calorie/sugar free way to gain the benefits of these compounds.
Chamomile tea may be able to curb the damage to eyes, kidneys, and nerves, which occurs in complications of diabetes. According to Prevention, chamomile tea can help decrease the dangerous fluctuations caused by diabetes.
Living with any chronic condition, even pregnancy can be difficult. Your personal experience and regime is as individual as a fingerprint. Do not stop any medications or add any remedies including herbal remedies without consulting your doctor first to make sure it is safe for you.