On the magical properties of mint, manyrepresentatives of the fair sex know firsthand. Healing tea with this plant soothes, stabilizes the pressure, improves mood. Plus, the unforgettable taste of this drink few people will leave indifferent. But, as in any case, there are a number of indications and contraindications, which should be familiar to women who are about to become moms in the near future.
Mint: what is this plant
First, let's look at the chemical compositionmint, which determines its useful properties. As you remember from the biology lesson, peppermint is included in the category of medicinal plants that positively influence our body. Such an effect is caused by the following substances: essential oil, fenlandrene, pinene, jasmin, piperitone, mentofuran, tannins, flavonoids, bitterness, etc. Of course, the above mentioned elements do not say much to ordinary people. But, according to scientists, all this helps us to strengthen immunity. Thus, this plant is used not only for complex treatment, but also for the prevention of certain diseases (both local and local). Therefore, mint during pregnancy can be used by girls and in the form of broths, infusions, drops, and in the form of lotions, flavors. And so on from the list. In addition, it should be noted that peppermint is an excellent cosmetic. With its help you can get rid of sagging skin, dryness, acne.
Useful properties of mint for pregnant women
As scientists have established, mint is equally goodaffects both the body of the pregnant woman of the fair sex, and the fetus itself. It is widely used in non-traditional medicine by girls who prefer to be treated by folk methods. This is due to the fact that in most cases mint does not adversely affect the child's future. However, future mothers should always take care of the safety of the baby. Therefore, we do not experiment with homemade medicines. Beforehand, always consult with a specialist from whom you are observed. Now let's take a closer look at the useful properties of mint to know when and under what circumstances it can be used in everyday life, during pregnancy, and after childbirth. So, this plant was used by our mothers and grandmothers for:
- Fighting colds
Since mint has an analgesic,antibacterial, diaphoretic properties, it has been used for many centuries in a row to combat cold and viral diseases. Patients with high fever were given tea, then they were wrapped in a blanket. The cold person sweated, and after a couple of hours there was an improvement. On the second-third day, almost all recovered.
- Fighting cardiovascular diseases
Mint in some cases it is recommended to apply,as a vasodilator. But to abuse pregnant women with a concentrated drink is not worth it, since it can end badly, until the miscarriage.
- Elimination of gastrointestinal problems
Stomach problems? No appetite, suffering from bloating, constantly torments nausea, constipation? Still some 20-30 years ago mint drank both adults and children when it was necessary to get rid of the listed symptoms. Now it is proved that cholagogue (which is a decoction of mint) is not always useful. They also wash away the microelements necessary for normal work from the body. Therefore, it is not recommended to drink mint tea regularly, even in everyday life, not to mention pregnancy. Be sure to take breaks.
Also do not forget about soothing,toning properties of mint. If you are constantly nervous, worried, can not collect your thoughts, you should drink a glass of this magic drink. However, do not forget that with depression and nervous breakdowns you need to be treated by a specialist, and not to suppress symptoms with improvised means.
Indications for taking peppermint during pregnancy
Note: often mint during pregnancy is recommended for admission by the doctors themselves. But not as a substitute for medicines, but as an addition to the prescribed treatment. If you only drink broths, not listening at the same time to the advice of specialists, you can harm your still-born baby. The use of peppermint during pregnancy (both systemically and locally) is indicated in the following cases:
- if the girl is constantly tormented by nausea and vomiting (toxicosis of the first half of pregnancy);
- if a pregnant woman has a vegeto-vascular dystonia;
- if the future mother is tormented by meteorisms, intestinal colic, diarrhea, hiccough, dyskinesia of bile ducts by hypotonic type;
- if sometimes there are pains in the heart (due to nervous tension, stress), insomnia begins, there is increased psychoemotional agitation;
- if there is a headache, colds are diagnosed, accompanied by fever;
- if inflammatory skin diseases occur, etc.
Pharmaceutical industry and mint
As you already understood, mint is used not only infolk medicine. Usually, doctors do not prescribe decoctions of herbs, namely preparations containing this ingredient. Medicines are issued in the form of mint drops, gastric pills, various ointments, cosmetics, etc. So you can buy ready-made dosage forms in the pharmacy, and do not bother yourself with cooking decoctions, infusions, etc. Why is it better to buy pharmaceutical products? The fact that manufacturers test drugs, conduct clinical studies. And only after they are convinced of the safety of the pill itself, mass production begins. If the results are negative, tablets and tinctures will not fall on the pharmacy counters.
Tea with mint during pregnancy
Tea with mint is especially useful in the first trimester,when in pregnant women decreases immunity due to hormonal failure. In addition, these ladies are subject to constant hysterics, mood swings. And this drink, as you remember, not only kills microbes, but also struggles with depression. Thus, it is good to drink when taking serious medicines is no longer possible, since they can adversely affect the development of the embryo. Also tea with mint is an excellent remedy for fighting nausea and vomiting. Unfortunately, almost all pregnant women face with toxicosis. Only a few do not know what it is. Plus, mint tea is very tasty.
- Means for fighting nausea and vomiting
It is necessary to take 2-3 tbsp.l chopped (dry) mint leaves. They will need to be first rubbed between the palms, then poured into a faience brewer. Pour 200 grams of hot water. Use steep boiling water is not worth it, because it immediately destroys all the beneficial trace elements and vitamins! The broth should be infused for 30 minutes. This tea is recommended to cool a little (to room temperature). Apply half the glass three times a day. It is advisable to drink it 20 minutes before eating.
- Treatment of colds during pregnancy
To make tea against cold, take onea tablespoon of mint leaves, pour all the boiling water and allow to stand for 10 minutes. They drink during the day. To improve the effect, you need to do inhalations with ethereal mint oil. Add a few drops to the inhaler or hot water, then inhale for several minutes a couple.
- Fighting a headache
In order to cope with a headache intime of pregnancy, you can use two proven means. Option one - take fresh mint leaves and attach them to the forehead. After half an hour all the symptoms will be removed by hand. But in this case this tool will help if the pain is not strong. The second option is to make a tincture from mint leaves on alcohol and rub it into whiskey. It is recommended to resort to such methods, when the pain is blunt and pulsating, giving off to the frontal or temporal part. Often, such symptoms are manifested in the weather. It is better for meteosensitive individuals to stock up with this remedy in advance.
- Treatment of skin diseases
Inflammatory processes on the skin associated withthe appearance of fungi and other microorganisms, are perfectly cured with the help of ordinary mint. This approach is justified, since the use of any, even the lightest drugs during pregnancy is severely limited. This also applies to antibiotics, which can lead to mutations, affecting the development of the fetus. Mint does not adversely affect the embryo, so it is used with success in the initial stages of inflammatory skin disease. To do this, take fresh mint sprouts, grind them on a blender or in a meat grinder. The resulting gruel is applied to the diseased (affected) place. The course of treatment lasts an average of seven to ten days.
- Mint for the treatment of digestive diseases
As mentioned above, mint helps to cope withsuch problems as bad breath, stomach pain, broken acidity, persistent nausea and vomiting. By the way, it is also used to neutralize toxins that enter the intestine. Regardless of what kind of toothpaste a woman uses, a couple of hours after cleansing, she may have an unpleasant odor from her mouth. In this case, it is recommended to rinse the oral cavity with an unconcentrated infusion of mint leaves. Also, you can use a solution made from water and mint drops. To normalize the work of the gastrointestinal tract, you need to take two tablespoons of chopped leaves, pour a glass of hot water. Remember that boiling water can not be used. Let the infusion be infused for two hours. After this, the liquid must be filtered through gauze, folded in several layers, or through a sieve. The infusion is ready. It should be taken one tablespoon while eating. Note: a pregnant woman is recommended to eat five to six times a day, while portions should be small. So, as you understand, mint teas, tinctures and broths help get rid of many of the problems that pregnant women often face. However, this applies only to cases where all nine months the future mother feels wonderful. If there is a threat of miscarriage or a lady after taking such medications there are unpleasant feelings, you should not experiment. And we always inform doctors about this reaction.