An Essential Oils Newsletter all about pregnancy, labor, oil recipes testimonials
Grade A Notes Natural Health & Essential Oils Grade A Notes is published as a resource for Young Living Essential Oil customers, distributors, interested parties,or the just plain curious. Published by Melodie & Brandon Kantner Since January 1999
In This Issue:
Essential Oils in Pregnancy and Labor
Essential Oil Recipes for Pregnancy and Labor
Experiences: Oils in Pregnancy and Labor
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The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment, or prescription for any disease. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader.
Essential oils are ideal for helping ease some of the problems occurring during labor. Nausea can be alleviated by using Peppermint or Spearmint oil in room vaporizers,or for foot massage. Peppermint is a refreshing mental stimulant if the labor is long and tiring. Relaxing oils can help relieve some of the emotional trauma associated with labor. The inhalation of the vapors from Clary sage has been found helpful to improve the efficiency of uterine contractions towards the end of a long labor. Using aromatherapy for pregnancy and birth is also an age-old process. Aromatherapy is usually done to relive tension and promote relaxation. Massage is especially good for a woman during pregnancy to help relax the body and ease discomforts. Scenting the air can also relax or rejuvenate you, and it's easy to do. Add 2 to 6 drops of essential oil to a mister bottle & spray it in the room, or 2 to 4 drops of essential oil to a diffuser to add a soft fragrance to the air. Additionally, you can add 2 to 6 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball with a gentle oil such as lavender, place it on your pillow. Sometimes I put lavender on my hand and then rub my handover the pillow when I'm trying to relax or having trouble sleeping. Remember to use a cold diffuser if you are diffusing oils. Heating with a candle or potpourri burner is not diffusing. Never heat the oils; it changes the chemical constituency. During labor and delivery, aromatherapy can be a very useful tool. Used correctly, essential oils can help ease pain and discomfort, aid in opening the breathing passages and provide you with a general sense of comfort and relaxation. Some wonderful essential oils to use during labor & delivery include:
(an oil blend from Young Living)This beautiful combination of oils is for mothers and babies. It is comforting, soothing, relaxing, and may be beneficial during the birthing process, as well as helping to relieve stress during pregnancy. The oils of rose, rosewood, palmarosa, geranium, ylang ylang, and chamomile have traditionally been used in European cosmetics to enhance the youthful appearance of the skin.
How to use: Diffuse, apply over mother's abdomen, on feet,lower back, face and neck areas. Dilute with V-6 Mixing Oil for full body massage.
A wonderfully versatile oil with a gentle fragrance, is very helpful for dulling and easing uterine pain and for relieving back and leg pains. Lavender is also a calming oil that can relax you and ease nervousness. Use Lavender for massage, in compresses for the lower back or in a diffuser or bowl of hot water to help cleanse and purify the air in the delivery room. Restores unbalanced states to a more harmonious state,and has been said to strengthen contractions.
It has a refreshing uplifting quality. It may help relieve anxiety, stress and tension.
How to use: Diffuse. Apply to forehead, on temples or on location.
Note: Do not apply to skin that may be directly exposed to sunlight or UV rays within 72 hrs.
A wonderfully warm fragrance, is very helpful during childbirth. Its analgesic and antispasmodic properties can help dull uterine pain while strengthening contractions to help shorten labor. Jasmine has a gently uplifting quality on the emotions and is a great confidence builder. Use for massage by itself or mixed with Lavender. Jasmine is also useful as a compress on the lower abdomen directly afterbirth to help expel the placenta.
How to use: Diffuse or apply topically.
This works well as a muscle relaxant, relieving stress and tension in the body.
Very gentle, soothing and calming to the mind and body. Helps calm the irritated, fretful or nervous person.
One of the most common problems occurring in early pregnancy, which essential oils may help, is morning sickness. Peppermint oil is an excellent treatment for this problem,and simply inhaling the oils vapors from a bowl of hot water can relieve the nausea. (KEEP THE EYES CLOSED WHILE INHALING.)You can also put a drop of peppermint on your tongue, only if YOU ARE USING GRADE A or GENUINE & AUTHENTIC grade oils. Otherwise they may have chemical adulterants& you would not want them in your mouth.
IMPORTANT OILS TIP
When buying essential oils always look for labels that state "genuine & authentic" or "Grade A." Most people think the words, "Pure" or "100% Pure" on the label indicate the oils are good. This is just not true. Price is usually a good indicator of quality. I have seen lavender oil for$5.00 and rose oil for $10.00. It takes around 4000 pounds of rose petals to make 1 pound of rose oil. If you see rose oil for under $100.00. It is not pure rose oil. Much more is involved in therapeutic grade oil than just the purity. If they are not properly distilled, they won't be therapeutic grade. For more information on oil quality, send a blank email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING GRADE A or GENUINE &AUTHENTIC grade oils. Otherwise they may have chemical adulterants and could be dangerous.
Water Retention Massage Oil:
2 1/2 Tb. almond oil
1/2 Tb. jojoba oil
1 Evening Primrose oil capsule (approx. 10 drops)
2 drops Tangerine
1 drop Lemon
This can be used all throughout pregnancy. Relax on the sofa with your legs raised by pillows. Apply the oils to your feet, ankles and legs, massaging toward your heart to help circulation. The help of your partner would certainly be appreciated.
Pregnant Itchy Skin Blend:
2 1/2 Tb. Almond oil
1/2 Tb. jojoba oil
1 Evening Primrose capsule (approx. 10 drops)
1 Vitamin E capsule (approx. 10 drops)
4 drops Tangerine
4 drops Geranium
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Cypress
3 drops Lemon
This blend uses the same EOs as the above Water Retention blend, with differing amounts of the EOs. This oil can be used almost daily during pregnancy. Apply it to wet skin after showering, especially on the growing belly. It may help in not having to experience the itch that most mothers speak of, plus it could be beneficial for stretch marks. (Gentle Baby and Prenolone+ cream also work well on stretch marks).
Three Weeks Before Delivery:
8 drops Geranium
5 drops Lavender
1 oz. almond oil
Mix and rub on the perinea three times a day. This helps to soften the cervix and thins the membrane to get ready for delivery.
One Week Before Delivery:
8 drops Geranium
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Fennel1 oz. almond oil
Apply this on the perinea to further get it ready.
Labor Diffusing Blend:
40 drops Lavender
37 drops Frankincense
21 drops Ylang Ylang
20 Chamomile Roman
Diffuse into birthing room, if possible.
Labor Cooling Compress Blend:
10 drops Jasmine
5 drops Chamomile Roman
5 drops Geranium
20 drops Lavender
Use in a bowl of water; swish a wash cloth and use to cool mom's head and face.
4 drops Helichrysum
4 drops Fennel
2 drops Peppermint
5 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Clary Sage
1/2 oz. mixing oil
Apply only after the labor starts. Massage inside the ankles,on little toes, little fingers and lower tummy and back.
Using Oils in Pregnancy and Labor
Thank you to the person that mentioned the web site that talked about a study using lavender in sitz baths on women who had to have episiotomies during childbirth. I spoke with a friend last night. Her daughter gave birth Sunday morning. It was quite stressful and traumatic on both mother and baby. The doctor spent 2 hours sewing her up from major tearing. I suggested spraying Lavender in the area. She emailed me this a.m. saying that she can walk without pain. Aren't these oils wonderful!
I am starting my fourth month this week and have used the oils liberally. I use a lot of Gentle Baby on my abdomen and Frankincense. I use Spearmint at my temples for the nausea and occasionally peppermint. I too have been very very sick and have only about energy to do about 2-3 hours of errands and stuff and the rest of the time I am battling fatigue and nausea and the painful question of what can I put in my stomach that I can force myself to eat. I think that the Power Meal and the Be Fit has been the best help and I do notice a difference when I use them. I notice a difference when I use the Rose Oil and sometimes will carry it around with me and just sniff it. I drink 3-4 quart jars of carbon-filtered water, only use rice milk,and try very hard to stay away from additives. The more energy my body has to use to fight preservatives and stress, the less available for me and the baby. I alsouse the Prenolone+ almost daily. I probably use 6-7 other oils on my body, bur just choose from my case.
My daughter-in-law and nieces have used Clary Sage with great results. It resulted in quick, smooth labor and delivery. One used Dragon Time with good results and I have read Jasmine is very good. Gentle Baby can be rubbed on the tummy for stretching as well as the perineum to help prevent episiotomies and tearing. It is not advised to use Clary Sage except in the last few weeks of your pregnancy. Gentle Baby is wonderful for the newborn to soothe and relax (dilute with V-6).
Blessings to you