"Several therapeutic methods, including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions, have been proposed for Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP), including aromatherapy. Many clinical reports in the literature suggest that certain essential oils (e.g. peppermint, lemon, lavender) may be able to reduce nausea episodes and vomiting due to various causes, either alone or in combination. Although lemon and peppermint inhalation aromatherapy alone may be effective in diminishing NVP, more investigation in this field is necessary, e.g. to study their safety and potential side effects."
In this article in our Phyto-Aroma News section from Dr Péter Babulka, you will find the details of a paper from an Iranian research team which carried out a Parallel Randomized controlled trial for possible treatment for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy with combined inhalation aromatherapy. As nausea and vomiting are typical and almost inevitable features of pregnancy complaints, such research has high importance in this field to study and support inexpensive and affordable methods, their safety and potential side effects.
Have you used peppermint, lemon or other essential oils for yourself or clients during pregnancy?
If you want to know more about what research says about herbs and essential oils on this field, you can find a few recent study excerpts in the Phyto-Aroma News selection of the AUTUMN issue of AROMATIKA Magazine (9.3.)