Everything You Need to Know about Herbal Remedies

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Imagine this scene in your kitchen: You’ve just pulled a batch of freshly baked cookies out of the oven. Their warm and fragrant smell fills your entire kitchen. You sit down at the kitchen table for a bite of the first cookie with a hot cup of herbal tea. The cold winter weather and the amazing smell of fresh cookies in your kitchen call for cozy and soothing tea. Let’s take a closer look at herbs and herbal remedies.

Related post: Is herbal tea safe to drink during pregnancy?

Herbal remedies may be a drink, powder, ointment, or tea. What are herbal remedies?

The phrase “herbal remedies” refers to a large group of products which contain herbs like chamomile, ginger, garlic, gingko, aloe, or peppermint, etc.

Herbal remedies are usually in the form of drinks, powders, tablets, topical treatments, and tea. Products may include a plant’s seeds, roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or any combination of these. The concentration of products can vary based on the growing season and the part of the plant used. For example, the root may be more concentrated in a powdered drink compared with a cup of freshly brewed tea from herbal leaves.

Use herbs to flavor your cookingAre herbal remedies safe during pregnancy?

Using herbs for cooking is generally safe because only small, non-concentrated amounts are used. However, you should consult your doctor about herbal supplements. Some herbal supplements interfere with certain medications and may not be safe during pregnancy. Check out the related post for a checklist of questions to ask your doctor.

Related post:  Checklist – 7 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Supplements

 

 

What herbal remedies should you avoid during pregnancy?

Always check with your doctor about herbal remedies or supplements.

 

Be mindful of the following herbs which have been identified to avoid during pregnancy. This list does not include all available herbs or herbal remedies.

  • Aloe vera
  • Chamomile
  • Ginseng
  • Comfrey
  • Ginkgo
  • Cohosh

 

 

 

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Duyff, Roberta Larson. American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2012. Print.

 

Best Beverages to Stay Hydrated during the Summer

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Staying hydrated is very important during pregnancy. Ideally, you should get about 10 cups of fluids per day (about 2350ml). Especially during the summer, hot temperatures may dehydrate you more quickly. Be sure to stay hydrated while exercising to prevent baby from overheating.

How to stay hydrated

To help you stay hydrated I’ve created this Summer Beverage Road Map. Next to each beverage you’ll see a good-for-you or not-so-good-for-you rating to help you navigate beverage choices. If you’re tired of drinking water, check this road map for healthy and hydrating alternatives.

 

These healthy beverage options help you to stay hydrated during pregnancy

 

What are your favorite summer beverages during pregnancy?

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“Dehydration During Pregnancy: Symptoms and Prevention.” American Pregnancy Association. American Pregnancy Association, 07 Oct. 2014. Web. 19 June 2015. <http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/dehydration-pregnancy/>.

12 Me Time Activities You Should Try

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Here’s a question for you (and try to be honest about this). When was the last time you enjoyed an honest-to-goodness, I’m-going-to-do-whatever-I-want day off?

flower bouquet - pixabayLet’s call this a Me Time day. Our bodies do so much for us every day; they deserve a vacation once in a while. Every so often take some time to do whatever you want to do. The idea is to recharge your battery and restore your energy, both emotionally and physically.

If your current schedule keeps you too busy to even dream about a Me Time day, I have a challenge to solve your problem. Are you ready?

First, get your calendar. Schedule 3 separate days in the upcoming months for Me Time. Schedule these times right now, in advance, like a doctor’s appointment so you can plan your life around them.  Treat these days as designated and important events on your calendar.

Planning ahead is smart because you can ask for babysitting help and make other arrangements to free up the days you selected. Make realistic plans, so you won’t feel stressed out or overwhelmed before your “mini-vacation”.

Your Me Time days are non-negotiable. Unless there is a real emergency, seemingly important demands for your time will have to wait.

Now that you’ve got your Me Time days scheduled, check out these 12 activities to recharge and restore!

  • Sleep as much as you’d like
  • Spend time with your friends and family
  • Watch your favorite movies
  • Read your favorite books
  • Do some yoga or meditation
  • Take a nature walk
  • Enjoy a day at the spa or salon

 

  • Get a prenatal massage
  • Take a relaxing bubble bath
  • Invite a friend and have a girls’ day off
  • Do some journaling
  • Create a photo collage (digitally or from paper and glue)

The point is to do whatever you feel like doing, and know it’s ok to take this time for yourself.

Now it’s your turn. Leave me a comment with your 3 upcoming Me Time days and 1 of your personal favorite Me Time activities!

 

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Almond Raspberry Orange Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Almond Raspberry Orange Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These muffins are my favorite! I love the sweetness of the fresh raspberries and orange zest, and the light and soft texture of the almond cake. The sliced almonds lightly toast during baking, giving a crunchy and beautiful topping. You can serve them with brunch, enjoy them as a snack or dessert, or as a sweet and fruity breakfast addition.

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Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

This smooth, creamy dip made from freshly roasted red peppers goes with almost anything. It’s great as a spread on bread, as a dip with chips, or served with baked potato. Roast the bell peppers the day before (steps 1-6), so they have plenty of time to cool down. Then finish the rest of the dip in less than 5 minutes the next day.

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How to Make a Me Time To Go Kit for Your Purse

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Have you ever had a really hectic day (or week!) and feel like the days are just going by too quickly? When your life feels crazy-busy like this, treat yourself with a me time to go kit. It’s a portable kit that fits in a purse or small bag, and contains whatever helps you to enjoy a moment of me time in between your busy schedule.

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What Every Expecting Mom Should Know About DHA

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Have you ever heard of docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA for short? Many moms have not heard of DHA or are unsure about what this nutrient really is. Keep reading to learn what DHA is exactly and how it can help both you and baby.

 

What is DHA and why is it important?DHA helps baby's brain and eyes to develop

DHA is part of a healthy group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. Individuals of all ages need DHA because it is an important nutrient for the brain and eyes. DHA also has many benefits during pregnancy.

Lower risk of preterm birth, increased gestational length, and increased birth weight are only a few of these benefits. DHA also supports healthy development of baby’s nervous system and eyes. In the third trimester the fetus has the greatest needs for DHA to help with healthy brain develop.

For these reasons, a mother’s needs for DHA increase during pregnancy. Many pregnant women consume only 50mg of DHA per day, compared to the recommended 300mg per day. The body is able to synthesize small amounts of DHA from other omega 3 fatty acids. However, this amount is not large enough to meet the needs of the growing fetus. That is why you should get enough DHA from foods on a regular basis throughout your pregnancy.

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Homemade Chili with Italian Sausage

Now is a great time to pull out your slow-cooker, or buy one if you don’t already own one. These gadgets are amazing! They help you save time on prepping, cooking, and even clean-up! I’ve got an easy Homemade Chili recipe you can make this weekend! It’s a crowd-pleaser and sooo easy to make!

Cozy up to a hot bowl of homemade chili with Italian Sausage. This is an easy recipe that cooks slowly over 4 hours with little supervision, so you can catch up on work or just relax, knowing there’ll be a full meal waiting for you. You may substitute ground mild Italian Sausage with ground beef.

Make this delicious Homemade Chili with Italian Sausage in your slow-cooker

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