Three Simple Ways To Use Essential Oils In Pregnancy
Let’s face it: Even in the healthiest pregnancies there can be certain discomforts. Thankfully for many of those discomforts there is a healthy and easy way to address it. You needn’t be an herbalist or buy a bunch of expensive supplies either. Here are three simple ways I’ve used essential oils in my pregnancies.
For Itchy Skin
Probably every woman in her third trimester knows the feeling. Like you want to find a tree to rub up against, like a bear. If my husband starts scratching my back, I seriously will start purring like a cat. It’s that belly that is stretched to capacity and all your other skin with it. Here’s a lovely remedy to soothe itchy skin that Lila from the Central Coast Lavender Farm gave me in my seventh pregnancy.
- Place a few tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil in a cup of organic soy milk. Pour this into your bath water and soak your irritated skin.
- Why it works: Baking soda has a mid-range pH and it helps adjust the skin’s pH and bring balance. The soy milk allows the oil to disperse evenly through the bath water and moisturizes the skin.
For Positioning The Baby
Towards the end of my sixth pregnancy we found out that the baby was breech. This didn’t overly concern us, as I had had five other babies and so I knew my pelvis and cervix would open just fine, even if the baby decided to come into the world booty first. Plus, our midwife is like the breech expert. BUT, if there was a way to turn baby without any invasive means, that would be great. So, I started doing various yoga and relaxation positions, hoping to create more room for the baby to turn. Nope. I tried soaking in tubs of water and singing the baby around. Nope.
Then, through our midwife, we learned about myrrh oil. I read some links from Ina May Gaskin and so we decided to try it. For several days I laid on my side, liberally rubbed myrrh oil into my belly, talked to the baby and then took a nap. Each time when I woke up the baby had moved from being breech to transverse. But, quickly settled back to being breech as soon as I got up.
Finally, one day while I was sleeping she flipped all the way around. And she was born the next morning head first!
Why it works: I have no idea.
Theories: In Chinese medicine it is said that myrrh has blood moving powers and is therefore used commonly for uterine problems. In Ayurvedic medicine it is said to aid in circulation and nervous system disorders. The name myrrh is derived from an Arabic word meaning “was bitter.” It is said to relieve pain and help stretch sinews. According to aromatherapy practitioners, myrrh cools and calms agitated emotions and promotes feelings of empowerment and motivation! It is said that the scent helps to overcome emotional upsets, too.
For That Not-So-Fresh-Feeling
Oh, you know what I’m talking about. Our bodies can get a little out of balance when pregnant, especially when pregnant during these hot summer months. There can be vaginal itching and yeast infections are common.
Here’s what I do: (again a recipe I adapted from Lila of the Central Coast Lavender Farm)
- In a peri-bottle place a tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 drop lavender essential oil, 1 drop tea tree essential oil, and 1 drop rosemary essential oil. Fill the rest of the bottle with purified water. Shake well.
- Keep this in the bathroom and rinse yourself generously after using the restroom, patting dry. I do this for three days and usually that takes care of the yeast growth and itchiness.
Why it works: Lavender is a natural analgesic, antibacterial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory. It comes from the Latin word that means “to wash.” Rosemary is a natural analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, fungicidal. Tea Tree is a natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, deodorant, fungicidal, immune stimulant.
What are your favorite home-remedies for pregnancy discomforts? Share in the comments!
Disclaimer – The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. It is not the intention of the writers to advise on health care. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have.
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