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20 Uses For Essential Oils In Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum

August 29, 2018

Since I started sharing about our use of essential oils I’ve been getting tons of questions about how to use them during pregnancy, labor and postpartum and with kids/babies. I’m working on another post with the later, but today I’m sharing all about how to use essential oils to support your pregnancy, postpartum and even labor too!

You should consult with a doctor or medical professional if you’re hesitant about using oils first. Also keep in mind that essential oils are POWERFUL – they should always be diluted properly especially when you’re pregnant and there are certain oils you should avoid entirely when breastfeeding and pregnant. It should also be noted that I use 100% pure, therapeutic grade YoungLiving oils so that’s what I’m referring to in this article. If you’re interested in starting with oils please read THIS!

Pregnancy

Peppermint is amazing for those yucking morning (or all day) feelings. Make a rollerball to keep in your purse, or just dab a few drops of oil in your hands, rub together an inhale. Peppermint Vitality oil is great to add to your morning water first thing when you wake up.

Lavender is every pregnant mama’s dream! It’s one of my favorite oils. Calms anxious nerves, soothes skin and helps you get all that rest you need. Diffuse it with Frankincense at bed time, add a few drops to your favorite belly butter or make your own bath salts for a relaxing soak.

Thieves is wonderful to support the immune system. Being under the weather when you’re pregnant is the worst and it’s so easy to get sick since your immune system is weakened when you’re expecting. Make a roller ball with Thieves (diluted with a carrier oil) and apply it to the bottoms of your feet at night.

Lemon, Citrus Fresh + Peppermint are great oils to awaken and energize you when you’re feeling sluggish (hello, 3rd trimester). Try diffusing or making a roller ball to apply topically when you’re feeling sleepy.

Tea Tree Oil is a savior if you’re experiencing hormonal breakouts! Apply neat or dilute with witch hazel or jojoba oil to your blemishes.

There are several  Young Living oil blends that help sleep support– which can be troublesome to many in the final trimester (or throughout  pregnancy)! I suggest diffusing these 30 minutes before you fall asleep or making a blend to apply topically to your wrists and behind ears. Some favorites are Gentle Baby, Stress Away, Peace & Calming and Sleepyize from the KidScents line. I also have a pillow mist I made with lavender that I love to spritz on my pillow before hopping in bed with tea and a book or journal.

Legs won’t calm down at night? Try Copiabia, Peppermint & Lavender in a roller ball topped with a carrier oil and rub it on your shins before bed.

Labor

Make a birth room blend to pack in your hospital bag (don’t forget the diffuser) or set up for laboring at home. Lavender + Frankincense + Ylang Ylang  + Roman Chamomile.

Whip up a roller ball to use when labor starts with Clary Sage + Lavender + Geranium. Clary Sage

Apply a drop of Roman Chamomile to a wet washcloth and apply to your forehead.

Postpartum

Happy Mama roller is my favorite and a go-to gift for new moms to support bonding with baby and uplifting moods. Mix 10 drops Joy, 10 drops Tangerine and 5 drops Lavender and top with a carrier oil .

Joy is a great support oil for bonding and breastfeeding.

Valor was hands down my favorite for emotional & anxiety support during the postpartum period. Apply it neat on your wrists or over your heart or add it to a rollerball blend.

Fennel is great for breastfeeding support.

Mix up a happy hair spray for postpartum hair loss with Rosemary, Lavender & Cedarwood in a spray bottle, top with  distilled water.

If you’re interested in getting oils and using them to create a healthy, happy home and support yourself during pregnancy, labor and postpartum send me an email! MamaNotesWellnessClub@Gmail.com

 

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  1. Holly

    May 21st, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Curious how the clary sage, lavender, and geranium helps and where to put it? Also curious on what the roman chamomile does when applied to the wet wash cloth and forehead?