Birth is Sacred. It is powerful, and mysterious, and life changing. After your birth, you and your partner will never be the same. Babies who come into this world without medication or interference are better able to find their way to the breast and to latch on in that first important hour. They are born alert and ready to meet you face to face. Mothers who are educated about birth and trust their bodies and attendants are more likely to have a smooth birth experience, and feel empowered in doing so.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Nine Essential Oils & Helpful Recipes for Pregnancy & Birth
Lavender, Geranium, Cypress, Lemon, Clary Sage, Spearmint or Peppermint, Ginger, Tea Tree,
Many mothers wish to integrate essential oil treatments into their pregnancy routine. If you're experiencing any of these common ailments, using essential oils is a great way to holistically treat them.
Beautiful Belly Blend — 7 drop of rose, 6 drops of lavender, and 5 drops of orange blended into 2 Tbsp of almond oil, 1 Tbsp of wheat germ oil, and 10 drops of borage seed oil.
Varicose Veins — 15 drops of geranium, 5 drops of cypress, 2 drops of lavender, blended in 2 Tbsp of almond oil. Rub into legs, stroking gently from ankle to thigh.
Hemorrhoids — 15 drops of geranium and 5 drops of cypress blended into 4 Tbsp of almond oil or into a small tube of KY jelly. Apply to anal area as needed. The essential oils can also be blended and add 2-3 drops into a sitz bath 3x/day.
Insomnia— 1 drop of lavender on your sternum.
Nausea— 2 drops of spearmint and 1 drop of lavender mixed into 1 Tbsp of honey. Stir into 1 cup of hot water and add the juice of one lemon. Use a maximum of 3 times a day for 6 days. The oils can also be diluted in 1 tsp of almond oil and rubbed on your feet. Ginger or lemon oil, 1 drop per bowl of hot water and inhaled deeply can help, also.
Muscle Cramps — 5 drops of geranium, 10 drops of lavender, 2 drops of cypress and 1 cup of Epsom salts in a warm bath.
Swelling— 3 drops ginger, 2 drops cypress, and 2 drops lavender blended in 2 Tbsp of almond oil. Massage in with long strokes toward the heart. Also helpful to add 1 drop of lemon oil to hot herbal for diuretic and cleansing.
Yeast Infections— 3 drops of tea tree oil in a sitz bath, or added to a light vinegar douche. Do 3 times a day for 3 days, then follow with 3 days of plain, active yogurt inserted vaginally at night.
Perineal Massage— 5 drops of rose OR 3 drops geranium and 2 drops of lavender in 1 tsp of almond oil. Massage daily for last 10 days— 2 weeks.
Stop Early Labor**— 5 drops lavender, 1 cup Epsom salt in a warm bath.
Enhance Early Labor and/or Strengthen Contractions**— 8 drops clary sage, 8 drops of lavender and 8 drops of rose in 4 Tbsp of almond oil.
New baby skin— 3 drops of lavender in 2 Tbsp of almond oil. Massage in well.
Increase Breast Milk — 15 drops of geranium OR 10 drops of clary sage blended in 2 Tbsp of almond oil. Massage under arms and around breasts once a day, wash off before breastfeeding.
**Always consult a midwife or birth professional before attempting these treatments.