Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly still struggling with morning sickness, and has turned to ancient African plant knowledge to help her beat the nausea.
The Duchess, formerly known as Kate Middleton, has reportedly been burning candles scented with oils made from a rare plant found in South Africa, the buchu.
The scent is similar to blackcurrants and is used in South Aftrica to tackle gastrointestinal sickness.
The organic ‘Contentment’ candles by Neom, have reportedly been burning in the home Kate shares with Prince William in Kensington Palace.
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The 31-year-old royal is now in the second trimester of her first pregnancy, which is when morning sickness symptoms ordinarily begin to fade away and many pregnant women feel much better, often getting a ‘pregnancy glow’.
But Kate has been suffering with a more severe form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which can last for the entire pregnancy.
Though we’ve seen Kate in public several times since her serious bout of hyperemesis, when she was hospitalised before Christmas for four days, she is still struggling with its effects.
The Duchess surprised viewers of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards by appearing on stage to give the prize to winner Bradley Wiggins. She also attended the private launch of her first portrait as a member of the royal family – at the National portrait Gallery in January.
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It’s also thought htat Catherine is enjoying traditional lavender shortbread biscuits, thought to help morning sickness, sent to her by other members of the royal family.
Many essential oils are safe in pregnancy but it’s recommended you wait until the second trimester before using them. Some, including basil, rosemary, jasmine, clary sage and nutmeg are not recommended. Be sure to check guidelines before using any.