Kate Middleton Has An Unusual Cure For Her Terrible Morning Sickness

Prince William and Kate Middleton leave the King Edward VII Hospital together last month in London, England.

Prince William and Kate Middleton leave the King Edward VII Hospital together last month in London, England.

As you know, Kate Middleton is afflicted with an extremely rare condition known as Pregnancy Being A Waking Fucking Nightmare (no, seriously, it’s essentially nine months of dry heaving). Luckily, every single Kate Middleton development must be exhaustively covered by blogs like this one, and today we have a (somewhat) interesting development in the saga of the royal womb.

Kate Middleton eats lavender shortbread to ease her hyperemesis.

Apparently lavender is a traditional cure for nausea, not just terrible, oppressive, constant morning sickness endured by famous people. Per “sources,” according to the always credible Sun:

The Royal Family has been sending her boxes of the unusual shortbread, which is sold by Prince Charles’s Duchy Originals brand as well as posh London store Fortnum & Mason.


Her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall, is known to be a fan of the sugary treat. Lavender is a traditional anti-sickness cure.


A source said: “A lot of women develop cravings during pregnancy and Kate is no exception. She has got a real taste for these biscuits.


“Lavender is said to have healing properties, so it is not such a wacky food to nibble on when you’re pregnant.”

Huh. Well, does anyone have any recipes they’d like to share?

Also, because we’re dealing with a British tabloid, they couldn’t resist including a few hilarious baseless rumors about various other famous ladies:

Pop star Beyoncé is said to have eaten ketchup “with everything” during her pregnancy and, bizarrely, Britney Spears is said to have craved SOIL.


Actress Angelina Jolie is thought to have munched on chilli-flavoured chocolate.

Although ketchup and chili-flavored chocolate strike us as completely normal, not gross things to crave as a pregnant lady, we have to wonder about the third.

The last thing we have to take from this is: did you know the English refer to biscuits as biccies?

(Photo via Wenn)

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    • AStewart

      Yes, yes we do (refer to biscuits as biccies – though I’ve never seen it written down).
      I would have thought ginger was a more common, natural nausea remedy. Never heard of lavender used that way.

      P.s, we also call sandwiches “sarnies” – not sure if you knew that one!

    • Natalie

      Craving soil is a condition know as pica and is usually associated with an iron deficiency, which can be common in pregnant women (both pica and iron deficiency) So, not that strange actually. Sorry for the bio/nutrition lesson.

      • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

        BRITNEY SPEARS EXHIBITING COMPLETELY UNREMARKABLE SIGNS OF PREGNANCY doesn’t have quite the same lurid tone, does it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sheridajayne.glover Sherida-Jayne Erdner Glover

      I had the same condition during my first pregnancy, I threw up the morning I conceived, the morning I delivered and every day in between but two. There is an antacid gum called Chooz that saved my life and sanity.

    • …her?

      I definitely thought this was going to be another Weird Old Trick courtesy of M. Ortberg.

    • Sarah

      Um, am I the only one who immediately thought that she was eating some more herbal baked goods? I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of women in California and other pot-tolerant states using THC to medicate for extremely severe morning sickness.