Pregnancy-Safe Headache Tea
Headaches while pregnant or breastfeeding are tough because if you are like me, conventional, over-the-counter medications are out of the question. Sometimes getting something to eat or drink, like a small glass of fruit juice can help alleviate a headache. Always do a mental nutrition check. Are you getting enough nourishment? A headache could be a clue that you are deficient in something, especially magnesium.
Sometimes a headache can be due to the weather, stress, fatigue or another reason. A cup of herbal tea can really help nourish the body while relieving stress and allowing you to get some rest. Herbs during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be used with caution and the user should always check for contraindications. During the first trimester, especially if you have a history of miscarriage you will want to educate yourself on herb safety.
Now that I got my little herb safety PSA out of the way, let’s talk herbs! I have used herbs during my pregnancies and they have been quite helpful. I am very confident in the safety of the herbs I chose for this headache tea. Here is some information about each one.
Chamomile is a very gentle herb. It has long been used for headache relief. It helps ease tension and can even help with migraines.
Skullcap is relaxing, great for insomnia and when you have a headache, sometimes the best thing to do is sleep it off. It is rich in calcium which is a headache remedy itself.
Lemon Balm is uplifting and tastes a bit like a lemony green tea. It’s also great for anxiety.
Lavender is full of soothing phytochemicals and an excellent headache reliever when taken in a tea or inhaled.
Lemon Peel has vitamin C and is astringent. It adds a pleasant flavor to the tea as well as boost it’s headache relieving properties. It is considered a catalyst to all the other herbs.
I buy my the majority of my herbs here.
Mix 1 part of each herb together. 1 part can be anything from 1 teaspoon to 1 cup or whatever measurement you choose. Store in a glass container or tea tin. To brew, place 1-2 teaspoons of herbal tea per 1 cup of hot water. After reading water softener reviews, I realized maybe some trace impurities might cause my headaches, I am currently shopping to install this major upgrade into my house. I like to use a tea ball. Let steep at least 15 minutes and sweeten as desired with raw honey or other natural sweetener. Enjoy hot or chilled whenever you feel a headache coming on.
Rather buy this tea already blended? You can purchase it here from my Poppyswap Shop.
Disclaimer: The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare provider with any health issues. If you are on any medication, check for contraindications before taking any herbal supplements.
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Sarah is a wife, mom of 4, farm owner, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also an Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey and Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).