Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) - Aids in the digestive process by soothing inflammation in the stomach and intestines, creating a healing barrier. Has been used for many years as a general body tonic, which may help in times of stress. It is also known as a great anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) - With its sweet-scented leaves it is the elixir of life, and is known to calm the nervous and digestive systems, with the additional benefits of enhancing the immune system. Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family, it has also been known to be a featured remedy for anxiety, melancholy, nervousness and a host of viral and bacterial infections.
Peppermint (Mentha piperata) - Renowned as a digestive aid calming and soothing the digestive tract, and also relieving nausea and gas. Its antispasmodic properties help relax muscles and reduce stomaching cramping and spasms. Peppermint may also help fight off infections such as the common cold and influenza due to its antimicrobial properties.
Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) - Considered to be the oldest of mints. Has relaxing properties but is also a mild stimulant increasing memory and cognition, it is both calming and energising at the same time. Also used as a mild digestive aid.
Herbal teas have been used for thousands of years by pregnant and breastfeeding women for the health benefits they may bring. Surprisingly there is limited research in the effects of these herbs. It is usually okay to drink herbal tea during pregnancy but should be limited to 1-2 cups per day especially in the first trimester. Please consult your healthcare professional before drinking in early pregnancy.