Chamomile in pregnancy: benefits and how to make the infusion
Among the different medicinal plants that a pregnant woman can consume with certainty, especially without exceeding the amount and always under the gynecologist's control, the chamomile It becomes one of the most beneficial plants, whose consumption is recommended but provided it is done in a moderate way, never drinking large amounts of infusions or herbal tisanes.
This caution in relation to the consumption of infusions and tisanes during pregnancy is mainly due to the fact that the effects that high doses have on plants and herbs in pregnancy, specifically on the uterine muscle, are still unknown. In any case, before proceeding to take infusions it is best to consult the doctor.
The chamomile It is constituted as one of the best known digestive and sedative plants. So much so, that it is even common for many moms to add chamomile to the bottle, thanks to the different benefits of chamomile for the baby (for example, it helps to relieve colic by being antispasmodic, helps to calm it by its sedative effect, and relieves the belly pain and gas when digestive).
Benefits of chamomile for pregnancy
Herb with tranquilizing and sedative benefits
Whether you are anxious during the second trimester of pregnancy, or if it is difficult for you to sleep, chamomile is an herb that gives you a mild sedative effect.
This means that it will help you induce sleep when you take it at night, and it will also help you to relax. Of course, it is not advisable to exceed the cup per day, since then it will provide the opposite effect, being then a stimulating infusion (and not sedative, which is what is sought).
This sedative effect is due to its content in glycine and apigenin, two ideal compounds to alleviate sleep problems or disorders.
Helps relieve nausea
Although more common during the first trimester, nausea can also appear during the second trimester.
This benefit is possible thanks to its refreshing effect. But you must be careful, since a consumption at high doses generates an opposite effect, even provoking provocation and more nausea.
Useful in case of digestive disorder
In case of mild digestive disorders, chamomile acts as a natural laxative.
Other benefits of chamomile
Between the Active ingredients of chamomile, we find that it contains mucilages, flavonoid glycosides, camazulene, coumarins and isadol.
For this reason, among the most important benefits of chamomile we find that it is anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, carminative, antiseptic, sedative and tonic.
This means that it is useful in cases of indigestion, pain caused by dyspepsia and as a reliever of the common symptoms of flatulence, helping at the time of relieving the discomfort caused by heavy digestion.
In the form of vapors helps against sore throats, while using it as a mouthwash helps to treat different mouth infections.
How to prepare the infusion?
What do you need? Ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 cup of water
Steps to prepare the chamomile infusion:
- Put in a saucepan the equivalent of a cup of water, and bring to a boil.
- When the water starts to boil add the teaspoon of chamomile flowers, and let boil for 2 minutes.
- After this time turn off the heat, cover and let rest another 3 minutes.
- Strain, serve in a cup and sweeten with a spoonful of honey.
The most advisable is drink a cup of this chamomile infusion 1 hour before each meal. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.