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Aromatherapy. The word itself is soothing, isn’t it?
But there’s more to essential oils than just bringing pleasure to the nose and relieving stress. They act as medicine in the body and can be very helpful during pregnancy.
Backache? Nausea? Swollen ankles? Read on.
Remember to always consult your doctor or midwife before trying anything new during your pregnancy! Essential oils can be used if you are having a healthy pregnancy and if your doctor gives you the go-ahead after the first trimester.
BabyCentre recommends that you do not use essential oils if you have a history of miscarriage, have had vaginal bleeding during this pregnancy, have epilepsy, heart problems, diabetes, blood clotting, or thyroid, liver, or kidney disease.
Following is a list of oils that are safe to use while pregnant, but it is important that you get pure, authentic, genuine quality oils–not synthetic oils which may contain harmful chemicals. Two reputable sources for purchasing quality oils are: Aromatics International and Ananda Apothecary, according to natural-fertility-info.com.
Citrus oils such as tangerine, neroli, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, and sweet orange; German or Roman camomile; common lavender; frankincense; black pepper; peppermint; ylang ylang; eucalyptus; bergamot; cypress; tea tree oil (don’t use during labor or if you have sensitive skin); geranium; spearmint; cardamom; ginger; patchouli; petitgrain; rosewood; sandalwood; benzoin; sweet marjoram; and rose otto are all considered safe to use during pregnancy.
According to BabyCentre, nutmeg can have hallucinogenic effects and may react with pain relieving drugs during labor. Rosemary can increase blood pressure and cause contractions.
Basil can lead to abnormal cell development. Jasmine and clary sage could trigger contractions, so you’d only want to use those if you are overdue and trying to induce with an experienced midwife or aromatherapist. If you try to do it yourself and use too much, the contractions could become too powerful.
Stay away from sage and rose because they could cause bleeding in your uterus. Juniper berry could affect your kidneys. Laurel, angelica, thyme, cumin, aniseed, citronella, and cinnamon could also stimulate contractions and should be avoided.
Other essential oils to stay away from are:
After reading through these lists of essential oils, you may feel like a witch shopping at an apothecary’s shop.
Just wait until you start playing around with them! A little drop here, a few drops there–they can be really fun, but be sure not to overdo it.
They are very powerful little potions, so it is important to use them sparingly and safely.
It is unclear how much, if any, essential oil can actually reach your baby through the placenta, so it is best to play it on the safe side. Don’t use essential oils more than a couple times a week, and definitely not on a daily basis.Easy does it.
It should be noted, however, that there are no recorded instances of harm done to a fetus by essential oils, according to the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. Their Pregnancy Guidelines tell us that, because pregnant women have an extra fatty layer under their skin, the essential oils have a slow-release effect when massaged onto the body, as the oils dissolve in fat and are more likely to rest in the fatty layers.
This acts as a sort of safety area between the surface of your skin and your baby.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. What are we doing this for anyway? Relief. Sweet relief. The following ailments can be treated with these corresponding oils:
Now you know how to make little magical potions to pamper yourself and relieve various ailments that come with the beauty of childbirth.
Follow the guidelines to use these oils safely, and you will reap the many rewards they can offer you. You may be surprised and find even more benefits on your own! Just remember to take deep breaths and, most importantly, relax.
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