Can Pregnant Women Drink Yogi Ginger Tea?
By Victoria Weinblatt
, last updated March 19, 2012
Not all ingredients in Yogi ginger tea are suitable for a pregnant woman. Yogi ginger tea contains ginger root, lemongrass, licorice root, peppermint leaf and black pepper. While ginger appears to help pregnant women, lemongrass, licorice root and peppermint leaf are contraindicated during pregnancy. Get approval from your doctor before you drink Yogi ginger tea or other herbal teas while pregnant.
Pregnant women can use ginger root, according to a study from Shahid Beheshti Medical Science University in Iran, published in the March 2009 edition of the “Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine.” To study the therapeutic effects of ginger root, researchers divided 67 pregnant women presenting with nausea and vomiting into two groups. One group took 250 mg of ginger in capsules for four days and the other group received placebo. The ginger group showed 50 percent decrease in the amount of times vomited, compare to 9 percent improvement for the placebo group.
Pregnant women should avoid lemongrass during pregnancy unless approved by a doctor. The essential oil of lemongrass naturally contains citral and myrcene. Two studies cited by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one on myrcene published in a 1993 edition of the journal “Food and Chemical Toxicology” and the other on citral in a 1995 issue of the journal “Toxicology”, reported that these substances caused birth defects in rats.
Pregnant women should not use licorice as a dietary supplement without a doctor’s approval. Licorice supplements could increase your risk for preterm labor. Breastfeeding women should also avoid it.
Taking peppermint leaf is likely safe while pregnant and breastfeeding if you consume amounts normally found in food. However, the effects of taking peppermint for medicinal purposes while pregnant is unknown. Obtain approval from your doctor before you use peppermint leaf while pregnant.
Pregnant women should not use more black pepper than is normally found in foods. The lack of available scientific evidence regarding black pepper and pregnancy makes it risky to use it medicinally without permission from your doctor.