More than ever, this is the time to treat yourself right. It's important.
You want what's best for you, but more importantly, you want what's best for the little one being knit in your womb. So use all-natural help as much as possible. The discomforts and worries of pregnancy fade away quickly when you take the time to do what's right. Use essential oils to make it a super-great experience.
Essential oils can be invaluable companions during pregnancy. Oils like Lavender and Myrrh may help reduce stretch marks and improve elasticity of the skin. Geranium and Soothing Baby Blend have similar effects and can be massaged on the perineum (tissue between vagina and rectum) to lower the risk of tearing or the need for an episiotomy (an incision in the perineum) during birth. And there are so many other uses.
Read through this entire list to see how aromatherapy must be your essential companion during these months of pregnancy, then childbirth and on into the childhood of your little one. More and more, OB/GYN practices are putting these very oils into use on a daily basis. We now have nurses specifically asking us for better education on the use of aromatherapy to help their patients. They know it works, and want to incorporate it into their practices. They really care.
Below are some very general recommendations of oils to have on hand. But keep reading on - into specific areas of needs. And if you have any specific questions on safety or which oil is the top recommendation, we'd love to help. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We want this to be the best experience of your life.
General Pregnancy First Recommendations: "The Right Start" Pregnancy Kit, Soothing Baby (relieves stress during pregnancy; can also be used by fathers to relieve stress during delivery), Lavender, Myrrh, Rose.
Topical = Dilute 50:50, massage 2-4 drops on reproductive Vita Flex points on sides of ankles. Also massage 4-6 drops on lower stomach and lower back.
Inhalation = Diffusion; diffuse Soothing Baby, Moodlifting Blend, Happiness or Courageous to reduce stress before and after birth. (Expectant fathers will also find this helps to reduce anxiety while waiting for delivery.)
Anxiety/Tension - Focus (help mother focus on giving birth).
Baby (Newborn) - Frankincense (1 drop on the crown for protection), Myrrh (on remaining umbilical cord and around navel to protect from infection), Valiant (1 drop - divide between both feet and 1-2 drops rubbed up spine to help ensure proper alignment).
Conception - Do a proper cleansing for one year before. May want to start wih the Master Cleanser. Detox Foot Pads also a good detoxification (once every 3 months).
Constipation - Drink Lemon oil in 8-10 glasses of water per during pregnancy.
Delivery - Clary Sage, Soothing Baby, Lavender (stimulates circulation, calming, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic), Nutmeg (balances hormones, calms the central nervous system, alleviates anxiety, increases circulation, and good for blood supply), Courageous (align mother's hips; apply along inside and bottom of each foot, then have someone hold feet-right palm to right foot and left palm to left foot- to balance energy flows; rub a couple drops along newborn's spine for alignment). **Caution - Nutmeg is generally non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. However, large doses may cause nausea, stupor, and tachycardia. Use in moderation and with great care during pregnancy. Always dilute Nutmeg one part to two parts carrier oil before use.
Blend - 8 drops Geranium, 5 drops Lavender, 1 oz. carrier oil. Prepare three weeks before delivery and rub on perineum three times a day. One week before delivery, prepare same blend and add 5 drops Fennel. Continue applying three times daily.
Transition - Basil.
Early Labor - Lavender (rub on tummy to stop).
Keep Baby in Birth Canal - Soothing Baby. ** Comments - One mother would rub Soothing Baby on her little fingers and little toes when contracting. Then she would squeeze the sides of her little fingers while someone else squeezed her little toes. This was repeated during contractions until the baby decided to stay in the birth canal.
Labor (during) - Clary sage (kick labor into gear; some have combined with Fennel), Soothing Baby (apply to ankles and hands when labor starts), Jasmine (to speed up contractions), Focus (to help focus), Labor Blend.
Pain - Pain Relief (apply to lower back and tummy area). ** Comments - Refer to the chapter entitled "How to Use - The Personal Usage Reference" in the Essential Oils Desk Reference under "Pregnancy" for a wonderful blend to use during labor.
Labor (post) - Geranium, Lavender. **Comments - Lavender is calming and has a slight analgesic effect. It also stimulates circulation, which is great for both mother and baby, and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Geranium is one of the best oils to stimulate circulation, which in turn facilitates easy breathing. It has a contractive effect and helps pull together dilated tissues, so it is healing for the uterus and endometrium after the birth. Geranium is also an anti-depressant and is known for its uplifting effect (Alternative Medicine - A Definitive Guide, pp. 806-7).
Lactation - See Milk Production below.
Blend - Equal amounts of Lavender and Tangerine. Dilute with some carrier oil and apply to breasts and under arms twice a day.
Milk Production - Clary sage (bring in milk), fennel or basil (increase), peppermint with cold compress (decrease). Caution: Fennel should not be used for more than 10 days as it will excessively increase flow through the urinary tract.
Morning Sickness - Calamus, Digestive Blend** (1-2 drops in water and sip or 1-2 drops around the navel), Ginger, Migraine Blend, Peppermint. Apply on or behind ears, down jaw bone, over stomach as a compress, on Vita Flex points on feet, on hands (rub together and smell), or put a drop on your pillow. Can also put 4-6 drops of Spearmint in a bowl of boiled and cooled water and place on floor beside the bed overnight to keep stomach calm. ** Caution - Although Digestive Blend is recommended for morning sickness, it contains some oils which some aromatologists strongly discourage using. It may have a lot to do with the purity of the oil. Use at your own risk. Some have and it has worked for them.
Postpartum Depression (Baby Blues) - Bergamot, Clary sage, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Soothing Baby, Grapefruit, Happiness, Jasmine, Lavender, Moodlifting Blend, Myrrh, Nutmeg (use in moderation), Orange, and Patchouli, Courageous, Vetiver.
Pregnancy Mask - Lemon.
Sciatica - Pain Relief Blend, Helichrysum, Peppermint, Muscle Relax Blend. Dilute properly and apply 6-10 drops on location twice a day or more as needed.
Self Love - Moodlifting Blend.
Skin Elasticity - Clarity Blend, Female Blend, Soothing Baby, M-Balance, Migraine Blend. Again, many of these blends contain oils that many aromatologists feel should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy.
Spinal Bifida (SB)- Helichrysum, Thyme, Tea Tree, TeaRose, So Thieves (All oils listed reduce symptoms and should be applied down spinal area two times a week with a warm compress. Be sure to dilute each to the proper ration.)
Toxemia (extremely high protein in urine) - Circulation Blend.
Above information on pregnancy taken from Reference Guide for Essential Oils compiled by Connie and Alan Higley and from Essential Oils Desk Reference compiled by Essential Science Publishing.
**This information has been designed to provide information to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any condition of the body. The Oil Shoppe shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained herein. The information presented herein is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.
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