There should be no more satisfying and special time in a woman's life than the nine months of pregnancy, but women are often beset by anxiety and discomfort. This is a time to take ultimate care of yourself to help to ensure that you and your baby are as healthy as you two could possible to be.
The use of essential oils during pregnancy, labor and after delivery can help immeasurably, both physically and emotionally. The essential oils will pass through the skin and be experienced by your baby, so don't be tempted to either increase or change the recommended oils. There are some oils which should never be used during pregnancy; and some that should be avoided for the first three months (see list below).
ACHING BACK OIL
Toward the end of pregnancy can be a trying time as the body gets heavier and backaches more frequent. This oil is very gentle and will help to alleviate the depressing, dragging feeling. If used regularly it may help to prevent the backache.
*Use only after the first four months.
Aching Back Massage Blend
Dandelion root and leaf are rich sources of vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, calcium, potassium and iron. Dandelion leaf is mildly diuretic: it also stimulates bile flow and helps with the common digestive complaints of pregnancy. Dandelion root tones the liver.
Raspberry leaf is rich in vitamins and minerals (especially iron). It tones the uterus, increases milk flow and restores the mother's system after childbirth.
Nettle leaf provides the minerals calcium and iron, is mildly diuretic and aids in the elimination of excess water from tissues. Nettle enriches and increases the flow of breast milk and restores the mother's energy following childbirth.
**To be used only after the first trimester.
Pregnancy Tea Recipe
As soon as pregnancy is confirmed, it's time to start taking extra care of the skin on the tummy, thighs, bottom and breasts. Stretch marks can be largely avoided but not easily cured and the use of these oils morning and night will certainly help to keep the constantly and rapidly stretching skin supple and pliable.
Tummy Oil Recipe
Essential oils for use during pregnancy
Benzoin, Chamomile (but not during the first four months), Cypress, Geranium (see caution following), Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender (see caution following), Lemon, Mandarin, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose (see caution following), Ylang-Ylang.
Caution: Oils which may be unsafe to use during pregnancy
Basil, Cedarwood, Celery seed, Cinnamon, Clary sage, Fennel, Galbanum, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme.
Oils to avoid during the first four months of pregnancy;
~German & Roman Chamomile
The oils listed above just happen to be oils I have researched. If you're pregnant, please research the contents that you are placing on/in your body. Just because somethings natural it doesn't mean it's safe for your unborn child, remember anything you apply to your body WILL pass through your skin. Due diligence is in order when it comes to your health.
Demeka Scott - is a mom, entrepreneur, author, herbalist. and certified nutritional consultant. She spends her time learning new things and encouraging others.
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