In our previous blog, we talked about the possibilities and pitfalls of using essential oils for aromatherapy during pregnancy. We’re back to talk about cheerier things—this time, we’ll take a look at essential oils that can ease the baby-creation process.
Here are the potentially beneficial and most likely safe oils during pregnancy. Remember: always dilute your oils in a carrier oil, and no oral ingestion unless your medical practitioner gives the OK. Some of the oils on this list overlap with the Avoid/Restrict list from our previous blog, mostly because in larger quantities these oils can stimulate uterine contractions. You want that action going on at the end of the game, during labor, not the beginning!
Again, this list is not comprehensive. Please consult a well-trained aromatherapy practitioner for advice, and always use only 100% pure and organic oils.
SAFE/BENEFICIAL OILS FOR PREGNANCY
- Lavender (use with care during the first trimester, as it can stimulate contractions)
- Ginger (also use with care, as it can stimulate contractions)
- Peppermint (use with care)
- Lemon and Grapefruit (yes, citrus oils tend to be in the Restricted category, but properly blended and diluted can be refreshing and aid with morning sickness)
The following are a few essential oil aromatherapy recipes that may ease pregnancy woes:
Indigestion: Apply 3-5 drops of Peppermint, Ginger, or Fennel on abdomen or on the bottom of feet. Some may find relief simply by opening the bottle and inhaling for relief, or applying a small amount under the nose.
Stretch Marks: Combine 4 drops each Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense, and liquid from 6 Vitamin E capsules in an ounce of organic coconut oil, store in a small jar. Massage over abdomen, breasts & thighs every morning and night after the first trimester.
Insomnia/Anxiety: Try rubbing 2 drops (diluted) of Patchouli or Lavender oil into your soles; you can also diffuse it.
Lower-Back and Leg Pain: Try a bath with 2 drops of Ylang-Ylang.
Nausea (“morning sickness,” my foot!):
- Diffuse 3 drops of Grapefruit or Peppermint essential oil by your bed. Waking up to these scents could help reduce nausea. Your mileage may vary.
- Massage Lavender, Sandalwood or Ginger combined with virgin coconut oil onto abdomen.
- Dilute and rub 3-5 drops Peppermint on abdomen or the bottoms of your feet.
Swelling/Water Retention: Check with your doctor, as swelling can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, a serious medical condition. Once you’ve determined that you and the bitty are OK, try combining 3-5 drops of Geranium, Ginger, Lemon, and Lavender in a roller bottle with fractionated (liquid) coconut oil and roll on ankles and feet several times a day. Massage your feet, ankles, and lower legs in an upward movement, toward the heart.
Pregnancy is exciting, but the physical and emotional rollercoaster is real. Remember to take time to care for yourself! If you feel comfortable doing so, safely using essential oils can make the weeks you spend making another person all the more enjoyable.