Everything You Need to Know about Herbal Remedies

Good Pregnancy Eats

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.

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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.

 

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