Turns out I’m lucky. Nobody in my family really suffers from morning sickness, but me, when I got pregnant I had three months of puking my guts out. I couldn’t stand up and I couldn’t keep food down. If I was lucky I’d manage to get one full meal in before it all became too much. Yay me.
Between nausea and the vomiting it was nausea that I just couldn’t handle, and after a month and a half of this, I was ready to try anything! Nearly everyone I talked to recommended ginger, but ginger makes me throw up even when I’m not pregnant, I really, really hate the stuff! So it really wasn’t an option. In the end, I found essential oil recommended on a pregnancy forum and figured I’d give it a shot since it was getting really quite unbearable. I already have a pretty insane collection of essential oils as it is, so I had all the oils to hand and the mix I tried was just what I needed to take the edge off. It wasn’t a cure, but it seriously helped!
Most people burned the oils in an oil burner, but I needed something I could keep in my pocket and carry around with me when I went out, so I did this instead. The oils listed below are the ones which personally worked for me, but other oils which are recommended are: clove bud, ginger, lavender, mint (spearmint and peppermint), black pepper, rosewood, and sandalwood.
What I Used:
- 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- Small Glass Cork Topped Bottle
- Half a cotton ball
I wanted to be able to carry the mixture around with me in my pocket without having to worry that the bottle would turn upside down and leak oils all over my clothes, so I added half a cotton ball inside to absorb the oils. I found when I did this that I could smell the oils a lot better than when it has just been loose liquid inside the bottle. I don’t know why that was the case, but the oils definitely diffused better.
Once the cotton was in the bottle I added the oils, let them soak into the cotton and then put the cork in until I needed to open it. That’s it really.
Each time I felt like I needed to make a dash for the bathroom a sniff of this would usually do the trick enough for me not to throw up. I wouldn’t call it a cure for morning sickness, but it took the edge off and knocked my nausea levels from a constant nine out of ten to a very manageable three.