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Apr 01 2011

My little sister gave birth this week to a beautiful boy and I’m very excited.  I remember how aromatherapy made the birth of my son so magical  and how essential oils helped at every step of the way.

Since I wanted my sister’s birthing experience to be as pleasant and memorable as mine, I prepared an aromatherapy package with the basic essential oils that helped her in her journey.

Perineum:
In a 4 oz bottle  of golden jojoba oil, I have added 20 drops of Rose Maroc. I have asked her to rub a little oil along the perineum to encourage elasticity in the area and prevent tearing during childbirth.

Contractions: Once the contractions started, my sister’s husband and I took turns to give her a massage on her lower back with LABOR Blend.
The oils in this blend helped with the pain and aided the uterus in doing its job.  These essential oils also promote circulation, calm the central nervous system and alleviate anxiety.  Not only is this blend a uterine tonic that facilitates birth, it has a contractive effect, which pulls together dilated tissues, and thus is very beneficial in bringing the uterus back to its original shape after birth as well.

A lower back massage given by a her husband,  provided reassurance, renewed her energy and helped her move gracefully through the different stages of childbirth.

Anxiety:
To the pre-formulated essential oil blend called RADIARE I added 10 drops of rose essential oil for its feminine and uplifting effect.  This essential oil blend helped her maintain a positive mood during the whole process, and helped ease anxiety and nervousness.  She put a couple of drops on a tissue and breathed deeply from it.  After birth, this blend of essential oils is an excellent remedy to prevent depression and to boost self-esteem.

The delivery room:
Although hospitals may not allow a  candle diffuser, I have asked my sister to carry an electric diffuser in her hospital kit to welcome her baby with her favorite scents .Bergamot, lemon and grapefruit, which are all combined in the Citrus Delight essential oil,  provide a fresh, welcoming atmosphere, not only for the mother and the baby, but also to the husband and the doctors.

Focus:
The Alerta body mist kept my sister and her husband focused. This spray can be used as often as needed to help open the chest, breathe better and refresh her sweaty skin.

POSTNATAL CARE Breast Care:  In order to avoid cracked nipples and to prevent any type of inflammation, I have suggested my sister to  use the same Labor Blend.  This will have to be massaged thoroughly over the whole nipple and aureola area twice a day and washed off before breastfeeding.

Baby Massage: 
Massage can be very rewarding as it strengthens the parental bond, increases circulation and is said to help fortify the immune system.  A back massage is very beneficial to enable the baby to feel relaxed and comforted.
To a 4 oz bottle of jojoba oil I have added a mild and safe dilution of 5 drops of lavender and 3 of mandarin.
By personal experience, I know this will help the baby sleep well and will strengthen his immune system from the very beginning. She would start using this oil after the baby is two months old.

Baby’s room:  The electric diffuser is perfect and safe for a baby’s room.  I chose Sleep Time essential oil that combines the calming qualities of lavender, mandarin, sandalwood and palo santo.  Essential oils diffused in the room can keep germs at bay, along with all the emotional effects these essential oils have.
© AROMANDINA 2011 – All rights reserved –  aromatherapy blog This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
   
Feb 13 2011 I’m often asked about the safety of essential oils during pregnancy and oils that should be avoided.  As Shirley Price mentions in her book ‘Aromatherapy for Health Professionals’,  “There is currently very little direct evidence for the safety of essential oils in pregnancy – and equally there is a notable absence of any real proof to the contrary.” Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt states a similar opinion in his book ‘Medical Aromatherapy’: “Not much is known about the safety of essential oil use during pregnancy. Sweeping disclaimers are constantly established, banishing every essential oil that exhibits only a hint of a problem potential from use during pregnancy.  But these highly defensive statements mostly ignore the potential for problems from the conventional drug alternatives.” I agree with his statement which says, “The reasonable approach is to proceed with common sense and reason, to try and maintain balance and prevent infections during pregnancy with those essences that are known to be easy on the system or “tonics of life””. Keeping that in mind, I would like to share with you some ‘common sense; recipes that will help make your pregnancy enjoyable and healthy.

Stretch marks:

  In a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil mix: Use this blend after the first trimester twice a day – morning and evening.  In the morning, think about the benefits of this blend in diminishing stretch marks. In the evening, give your tummy a comforting rub thinking about your baby and the connection you are already establishing by massaging him/her. In my 16 years of experience, I’ve never seen a pregnant woman with stretch marks after they used this blend.

Constipation:

A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and other good sources of fiber is very important. Essential oils from citrus fruits not only stimulate your digestion, but they are very calming and happy oils. In a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil mix: Ask your partner to massage with circular movements in your lower back and the soles of your feet.

Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy:

Hemorrhoids may be one of the consequences of constipation and this essential oil blend can be very helpful. In a 4 oz bottle of Jojoba dilute: Rub around the anal area twice a day or as often as required.

Colds and respiratory problems:

  • Put 2 drops of Ravensara (ravensara aromatica) in a bowl of hot water.  Cover your head with a towel and inhale from it. Ravensara is believed to have expectorant, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  • Put 2 drops of Ravensara and 2 drops of Lavender on a washcloth. Take a hot shower and place the washcloth on your chest. Breathe deeply and allow the steam and the oils open up your chest and sinus.
  • Mix 2 drops of Ravensara and 2 drops of Lavender in a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the chest.
  • Add a total of 10 drops of 3 or more of these oils: Eucalyptus radiataLavender, Tea Tree, Ravensara to the tank of a vaporizer.  Mix them first with a pinch of salt so that the oils dilute well in the water.  Stir well and keep vaporizer on during the night.
Or try this pre-made blends:
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This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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