Kate Middleton's Morning Sickness Cure Sounds Delicious

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lavender shortbreadWhat's her majesty, the Duchess of Cambridge, craving now that she is expecting the Royal Heir? Certainly NOT grilled cheese sandwiches and onion rings! Heavens no. Kate Middleton is craving something a little more refined though nearly as decadent: Lavender shortbread.

As it happens, her father-in-law Prince Charles has a company called Duchy Originals that reportedly produces the biscuits (though I don't see them on the website), so she's got a steady supply. But why lavender? Isn't that dangerous for a pregnancy

Contrary to popular wisdom, lavender oil is not harmful during pregnancy. And the flowers are safe to use in small to moderate amounts as seasoning in food, too. On the other hand, higher doses, like in lavender teas, make some doctors nervous.

Lavender has been used to treat vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea, upset stomach -- you know, the symptoms poor Kate has been suffering with her severe morning sickness. It's also supposed to help with flatulence, not that the Duchess passes gas, ever. I'm just saying.

No doubt Kate's lavender intake is being carefully monitored by the palace doctors. And really, it's unlikely that those shortbread cookies are delivering much flower power anyway unless she's chowing down on whole boxes at a time. But if you've suddenly found yourself with a lavender shortbread craving, they couldn't be easier to make. Find "culinary" lavender at health food stores and some farmers' markets. I've made it, and pregnant or not, it's heavenly.

Lavender Shortbread Recipe


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter with sugar. Sift together dry ingredients up to lavender, and then combine with butter, sugar, and lavender. If you can't find rice flour, just use a full cup of all-purpose flour.
  3. Roll out to 1/4-inch thick (square or circle) and score so you can cut the shortbread into pieces after baking.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges turn golden brown. Cut into pieces while shortbread is still warm.

Have you ever tried lavender shortbread?


Image via cuttlefish/Flickr

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nonmember avatar SPB

Unless she's suddenly become the Queen, she's not Her Majesty. That title is reserved for the monarch. The Duchess of Cambridge is Her Royal Highness.

nonmember avatar guest

I'd like to try these but the recipe doesn't say what kind of pan to bake them in, or how many servings it makes. ???

nonmember avatar Amanda

I had worse than what she had.. I was on a pic line for almost 2 months with fulids pumping constantly.... and still can't eat certain things I hope she doesn't go thru what I have been but in 3 months my babygirl will be here!!! Good luck!

zumba... zumbafreak11

Personally, I've never tried this, but my SIL is having a rough time of having morning sickness.  This is her first and she's 15 weeks along.  I think I will be giving her this recipe.

nonmember avatar Kamami

She does not have morning sickness, she has Hyperemesis Gravidarum. There is a big difference.

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

Its just not for e at all. Peppermint can help as well though and I can stand warm peppermint tea. When I feel queasy everything makes me gag just about lol.

nonmember avatar Tiffany Phares

Just made these and they smell heavenly-hoping they help with my nausea. Also-lavendar is mid-wife approved in my case...but you should check with your doctor before taking herbs while pregnant.

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