Essential Oils

aromatherapy oils

Essentials oils considered safe for labour and helpful for specific conditions – also including oils for post natal use.

 

Aromatherapy For Labour & Birth

The suggestion is that oils can trigger hormones to be released, such as neroli, to calm. Others such as myrrh, may have a stimulating effect on the uterine muscles supporting a longer labour. Oils to help relax and support less discomfort in labour.

 

Essential oils can be used in a few ways. They work by entering the blood stream through inhalation (in an oil burner or on a tissue) or through the skin , by massage. Oils for improving state of mind, such as anxiety, tend to be more effective if inhaled.  You can also use essential oils in a compress of hot or cold water.

 

Making up a Blend for MASSAGE

For massage, you can use any vegetable oil as a base, although grapeseed or sweet almond are a good choice. Essential oil/s must be at a concentration safe for the unborn baby, as its possible the essential oils will pass into your bloodstream (0.5% blend).

 

eg 30ml of say grapeseed oil, just 3 drops of essential oil, used as a blend for massage.

 

Other blends therefore include;

30 ml grapeseed oil: 3 drops essential oil

50 ml grapeseed oil:  5 drops essential oil

100ml grapeseed oil: 10 drops essential oil

 

In an Oil Burner or on a tissue

Putting oils on a burner is also a great way of using them. From anxiety to stress,to insomnia. If you feel nauseous, you can try 1 drop of peppermint or 1 drop of ginger essential oil directly on a tissue.  Inhaling an essential oil directly from the bottle is not a good idea as you end up inhaling more than the recomended amount, and the essential oil will evaporate.

 

 

 WHICH OILS TEND TO BE SUGGESTED?

 

OVERDUEClary SageJasmine

 

SLOW LABOURClary SageGeranium

Myrrh

FAST LABOURLavender- unless labour is firmly established NAUSEA/VOMITINGPeppermint (on a tissue)Ginger
ANXIETY / FEARNeroliRose

Roman Chamomile

PAIN RELIEFLavenderGerman Chamomile

Frankincense

Sweet Marjoram

 

 

 

 Oils for post natal care

Putting essential oils in a burner is a way of using oils for post natal issues. For more physical issues such as engorgement, oils can be applied through massage or using a compress.

 

EXHAUSTIONNutmeg / Rosewood / Lemon / Rose / Frankincense LACK OF CONFIDENCESandalwood /RoseFrankincense / Geranium
BABY BLUES / DEPRESSIONBergamot / May Chang Lemongrass / GeraniumClary Sage / Neroli

Ylang Ylang / Citrus Oils

 

TEARING / EPISIOTOMYUse neat in a tepid ‘Sitz’ bath, twice  a day :Lavender (3 drops)

Cypress (2 drops)

 

Arnica homeopathic tablets  for helping heal. Start taking soon as possible during labour and for a few days afterwards.

 

AFTERPAINSGinger / LavenderUse this blend in a tummy massage

 

Chamomile / Marjoram

Use this blend in a warm compress. Add 2 drops of each oil to bowl of warm water, use damp flannel.

CAESAREAN SCARTea tree / Lavender/ MyrrhGeranium / Frankincense

 

Wound healing, can be used in compress or mixed into a body cream & apply directly to scar tissue. Do not massage the scar for 6 weeks – just apply the cream.

SORE  / CRACKED NIPPLESPatchouli / Chamomile / LavenderRose

 

Use in cold compress. Massage towards the nipple.

ENGORGEMENTGeranium / Frankincense / Chamomile 

Use in cold compress. Massage towards the nipple.

INSUFFICIENCY OF MILKGalactagogues are oils which stimulate milk production:Lemongrass / fennel / jasmine

 

Use in burner or warm compress or in massage towards nipple.

MASTITISIf setting in: Cold compress with tea tree oil 

If you HAVE mastitis, then your doctor may advise you have antibiotics.

 

If healing: geranium / lavender / chamomile in cold compress.


9th April 2015

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