Friday, February 21, 2014

Essential Oils for Common Pregnancy Ailments

Although pregnancy is a beautiful time of anticipation and joy, it can also be a time of discomfort and stress as a woman's body changes and adapts to carry a growing baby. With so many cautions and restrictions concerning commonly used over-the-counter medications, it can be difficult for expectant mothers to find relief for their ailments using traditional means.

Thankfully nature provides many remedies that are safe and effective for use during pregnancy! More and more mothers are turning to essential oils for relief of the undesirable symptoms of pregnancy. They are even finding safe alternatives for themselves and their families for many common health concerns beyond pregnancy and birth.

Click here to read about safety and caution with essential oils in pregnancy.

Why Use Essential Oils in Pregnancy? 

In her book Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, author Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM says, 
"I often tell my clients, if you get sick there isn't much you can take while pregnant, but essential oils are very effective for most ailments and perfectly safe in pregnancy. Essential oils can be very beneficial for pregnancy, labor, and birth, even in the postpartum period. They serve as a physical, emotional, and mental support" [i]."

Essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds found in plants. Throughout history, people have used them for therapeutic benefits without risks and harmful side effects. For this reason, pregnant women can trust that their bodies will know how to process the natural compounds in essential oils and respond positively.

Essential Oils for Specific Needs in Pregnancy

I recommend using therapeutic grade essential oils and seeking out reputable information or advice from a trained aromatherapist. 

The following is a list compiling suggestions from, Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies by Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM and the Pregnancy & Beyond tear sheet from Aroma Tools:

Breasts (soothe) - 3-5 drops lavender and/or geranium can be added to 1Tbs. coconut oil and massaged on the area of tenderness.

Breasts (sore) - 3-5 drops of Roman Chamomile can be added to 1Tbs. coconut oil and massaged on the area of soreness.

Constipation - Suggested oils and blends are Digestion Blend, Lemon, Peppermint, and Fennel. It should be noted that some suggest caution with fennel during pregnancy.

Depression - Suggested oils and blends are Invigorating citrus blends, Joyful Blend, Grounding Blend, Frankincense. Diffuse any oils or place 3-5 drops of Frankincense under tongue and chase with water.

Fatigue - Invigorating Blend, Lemon, Joyful Blend, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Peppermint (some suggest caution with peppermint during pregnancy). Place 1-2 drops in palms of hands, rub together, and inhale deeply, or massage onto back, shoulders, or back of neck, adding a carrier oil if needed.

High Blood Pressure - Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemongrass, Lavender. Place 3 drops ylang ylang in evening bathwater twice a week, or combine 5 rops geranium, 8 drops lemongrass and 3 drops lavender in 1 oz. fractionated coconut oil. Rub over heart and on reflex points of left food and hand.

Nausea/Vomiting - Ginger, Peppermint. Dilute as recommended, and apply 1-3 drops on ears, down jawbone, and on reflex points of feet, or place 1-3 drops in an empty capsule, and swallow or diffuse in the air.

Sleep - Soothing Blend, Lavender. Apply a few drops directly to the bottoms of feet or diffuse oil at night to assist with relaxation.

Stretch Marks - Skin Blend- This blend comes in a roll on and is already diluted, making it easy to apply directly to affected area.

Swelling - Water, Citrus Blend, Lemon, Relaxation blend, Cypress, Lavender, Ginger - 3-4 quarts of water is generally recommended to consume daily during pregnancy. Also, mix 3-5 drops of suggested oils with a carrier oil and massage into legs, ankles, and feet or add 3-5 drops of lemon to all your water.

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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration.These statements are for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As a Birth Doula, I do not prescribe, treat or diagnose and offer this as information for individuals to research and discuss with their healthcare providers.

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