Tagged Aversion to Smells

Natural Morning Sickness Remedies: EFT Tapping

Ok, I’ll be honest… The technique I’m going to share in this article is one I’m not particularly crazy about. Proponents of EFT (or Tapping, as it’s often called on the internet) claim it can cure everything from phobias and emotional traumas to dyslexia and warts. Usually, anything that claims to be a panacea of that magnitude leaves me a little skeptical, unless there’s a decent body of hard science to back it up. Most of the “evidence” of EFT’s usefulness is solidly anecdotal and I have yet to see any real proof of its effectiveness.

That being said, I do know people who swear by its ability to short-circuit physical and emotional patterns that won’t respond to any other treatment. When I was searching for relief from my own early pregnancy symptoms I came across several websites that promoted EFT as a “cure” for morning sickness. Willing to try anything once, I decided there wouldn’t be any harm in setting my skepticism aside and giving it a shot.

Now, I’m usually someone who is pretty level-headed and able to stay calm in almost any situation. But when I was still trying to get a handle on my morning sickness symptoms, I definitely had moments in which I started freaking out over the idea of not being able to work (something that would’ve destroyed my new brand new and still struggling business) or even over the irrational thought that I would never again just feel normal. What I found was that EFT seemed to lessen my morning sickness to some degree when it was at its worst and I was starting to feel panic-y.

Will EFT work for your morning sickness symptoms? I’m not making any promises with this one, but I thought I would include information on the technique in case you’re at the point that I was and you’re willing to try anything.

What is EFT?
EFT involves using your fingers to tap on specific acupuncture points located on the hands, face and body while reciting affirmations out loud. (One of the points used is KD27 which I wrote about in a previous article. Click here to read it. This is the best point for morning sickness-related nausea and stimulating it might have something to do with EFT’s effect on morning sickness symptoms.) Proponents says it “resets” the body’s energy circuits (this is NOT an idea found anywhere in Traditional Chinese Medicine or acupuncture, by the way, even though EFT practitioners often claim it’s based in TCM) and can cure all manner of ailments from mental-emotional disorders to physical diseases.

EFT How To:
The founder of EFT offers a free (if long-winded) tutorial online which does a much better job of outlining the technique than I could possibly manage here. Click here to access the free tutorial. (Just fyi, there are a million websites online that are charging for this exact same, or very slightly modified, information. Please don’t get suckered into paying for an ebook or video course on EFT when the same information is freely available to you.)

Suggested EFT affirmations:
(These will make sense after reading the tutorial.)
“Even though I have morning sickness, I deeply and completely accept myself”.
“Even though I have this nausea, I deeply and completely accept myself”.
“Even though I have this aversion to smell, I deeply and completely accept myself”.

You can substitute any other symptoms specific to you (specific food aversions, vomiting, digestive tract irritation, etc). I also suggest running through all of the points three times without stopping for each affirmation you decide to use. Once you’re done, assess how you’re feeling and repeat the process as necessary.

Have you tried using EFT for morning sickness? Did it help? Let me know in the comments below!

Natural Morning Sickness Remedies: Essential Oils

Do you find yourself becoming nauseated when you’re exposed to unpleasant smells?

Your sense of smell can be greatly heightened during pregnancy, probably to help you more easily detect and avoid rotten foods and other substances that may be harmful to your growing baby. Since most of a baby’s physical development occurs during the first trimester, this is the time that those substances can do the most damage. Not surprisingly, this is also the time that smells can be the most off-putting.

While this increased sense of smell can be great for avoiding things can hurt your baby, it’s not so great when it makes you go running for the bathroom every time you walk by the meat counter in the grocery store or catch a whiff of the Italian take-out your coworker is eating for lunch.

One of the most effective ways to combat the effects that bad smells can have on your stomach is to carry around a small bottle of citrus-scented pure essential oil. The clean, astringent smell of the citrus can instantly calm nausea for many women. Small bottles can easily be carried in pockets or purses and can be pulled out and discretely sniffed when you encounter unpleasant odors. You can also apply a few drops to a tissue or handkerchief to carry with you instead of a full bottle.

Personally, during my first trimester, I carried around a small bottle of grapefruit essential oil that I sniffed any time I felt nauseous, whether the nausea was smell-related or not. I always felt as though the clean, astringent scent calmed both my stomach and my mind, helping ward of fatigue and pregnancy-brain as it quelled my nausea. On days that I was feeling particularly sensitive, I kept the bottle open on my desk which seemed to help dissipate other smells in the area. This can also be accomplished through the use of an oil warmer, kept close-by and used to help diffuse the scent throughout your personal space.

Natural air fresheners can also be used for this purpose, especially when room smells are bothering you. (I kept cans in both the bathroom and the kitchen and instructed my husband to use them frequently!) While artificially scented sprays can actually aggravate nausea, natural citrus sprays will eliminate smells and act similarly to essential oils.

There are a few essential oils that may be unsafe to apply topically to your body while pregnant, all citrus oils are completely safe. I recommend grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime or tangerine. Just be sure to choose one that is 100% pure essential oil to avoid any unsafe additives.

Do you have a favorite essential oil that you’ve found works especially well to calm your morning sickness? Let me know in the comments below!