Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s, and a couple’s life. It is also a very critical time regarding health and diet to ensure the baby develops in the healthiest way possible. Due to the delicate nature of a developing baby, many herbs and foods that would normally be safe and beneficial to a woman become off-limits, particularly during the early stages of pregnancy.
When your baby’s due date comes and passes, you might begin to wonder if inducing labor will be necessary. Using chemicals such as Pitocin has been rumored to cause health issues for the baby, and if there are natural ways to induce, why use potentially dangerous chemicals?
Does Cumin Tea Work for Inducing Labour?
Every woman is different, so herbs will always work differently for each individual. For some women, cumin can do the trick to begin contractions, while other mothers report that the tea did not work for them at all. Cumin should be consumed slowly while warm and with the guidance of your doctor or midwife. Be very aware that using cumin tea under the direction of your medical professional is highly advised as cumin is a very powerful herb that, if consumed too much, can hurt you and your baby.
One cup every two to three hours should be enough to induce labor if your body seems to be responding well to the herb. If this doesn’t work, you may need to consider another option. Physical activity such as walking has helped many women.
While more research needs to be conducted as to how exactly cumin helps begin contractions for some women, one study found that it can spike your metabolic rate, which might kick start labor. Other research done in other parts of the world has found that many women, both during labor and before labor, use many types of herbs. Women in India use a mixture called kasayam which includes cumin, during labor. Keep in mind that less is more, and too many herbs could create more problems than benefits.
Preparing Cumin Tea
- Heat one teaspoon of whole (organic) cumin seeds in a pan over medium heat for a few seconds.
- Add water and boil for five or 10 minutes.
- Strain and do your best to enjoy it!
It is not as delicious smelling or tasting as say, peppermint tea, but at this point, you might be willing to try just about anything to finally have your baby in your arms and out of your belly! Oddly enough, a slice of potato can help mellow out the flavor.
Other Benefits of Cumin
Whether you discover that cumin tea to induce labor works well for your body or not, you can still enjoy the many health benefits cumin provides such as improving digestion, lowering bad cholesterol, and promoting weight loss. It is also a great source of iron and antioxidants and research has found evidence of antimicrobial properties. Speak with your doctor about using cumin tea to aid in inducing labor if you are past your due date.
Our Final Say
Herbal teas are just one of mother nature’s many great gifts that we can turn to for improving our health. The recommended teas listed in this article have proven benefits in helping to induce labor.
As always though, be sure to consult with your doctor or primary medical physician prior to taking any of the natural remedies, herbs or general advice given in this article. This information is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.