All this month I have been talking about maternity and newborn portraits on my blog and social media. Today I have a special treat for you!
I would like to introduce you all to Chelsea Schofield. Like myself Chelsea is a wife, mama and local business owner here in Thornton Colorado. Have you even wondered if essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy? The answer is yes! Chelsea is a rep for doTERRA essential oils and has put together an amazing guide on some oils you can use essential oils during pregnancy. Here is what Chelsea had to say:
Pregnancy is one of the most precious seasons of a woman’s life. The gift of life forming inside her is one of nature’s most amazing miracles. The constant change throughout those tender months can create all sorts of challenges for a woman’s body. The bursts & increases of hormones bring a level of uncertainty with each day. With few medical options for managing them this can make it hard for a woman whose moods and physical symptoms can be complicated. Thankfully, women before us have found so many solutions available to us in nature and have passed these tricks down through the generations. One of those solutions has been herbal remedies and essential oils. Most of us have likely heard about drinking peppermint tea to settle an upset stomach or drinking chamomile tea in the evenings to calm our bodies for a restful night of sleep. The benefits we receive from herbs and teas can also be experienced with essential oils and in a much more concentrated way.
During pregnancy, like any other time in our lives, laying a solid foundation for nutrition is essential. Supplements have become a big piece to that now that our soil has been depleted of so many nutrients and our foods are giving us the quality of vitamins and nutrients we need. If you haven’t found a good pre-natural vitamin yet take some time to look into the Lifelong Vitality pack.
The three core products of Lifelong Vitality are formulated to provide you with effective levels of essential nutrients and powerful metabolic factors for optimal health, energy, and longevity. The essential oils in them allow the body to absorb the nutrients more effectively, making these supplements part of your daily regimen a no-brainer. With beautifully balanced levels of key vitamins, minerals, omegas, and DHA, these supplements are critical for balanced nutrition and as a pre-natal vitamin pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and postpartum.
Even with the most solid nutritional and supplemental foundation pregnancy can still bring some discomforts we’d all like to minimize. Am I right? So let’s dive into some of my favorite oils to use for those moments.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils give plants their distinctive smells, protect plants, and play a role in plant pollination. In addition, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.
- Are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds;
- Are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants;
- Protect plants against environmental threats and provide beneficial properties;
- Are highly concentrated when distilled for purity, potency, and efficacy;
- Have been used historically for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
Oils to use during pregnancy:
Ginger essential oil is derived from the fresh rhizome of the ginger plant—the subterranean stalk of a plant that shoots out the root system. Ginger has a hot, fragrant flavor when used as a kitchen spice, but can also make a great addition to your sweet treats too.
Some of the benefits ginger can provide during pregnancy are easing heartburn, and nausea. It can be soothing to muscles pains. People have experienced an improvement to their appetite and their ability to fight of colds.
These benefits can be experienced when using it topically on your affected area. I always recommend people use their oils with a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, unscented lotion, shea butter, are some examples) to maximize the benefits and reduce the risks of skin sensitivity or sensitization. One drop of this amazing oil should do the trick.
Wild orange is cold pressed from the peel like other citrus oils. It is high in monoterpenes so it possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function. It can also be used on surfaces as a natural cleaner. Diffusing wild orange will energize and uplift the mind and body while purifying the air. Wild Orange enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma.
Some of the benefits that women experience from the use of this citrus oil are an ease of anxiety and anger thanks to its uplifting benefits. It can calm nausea, acid reflux, heartburn & constipation. For some it’s been used to fight insomnia and the feelings of fatigue during the day.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and is used extensively in making perfumes and in aromatherapy. In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is used to lessen tension and stress and to promote a positive outlook. Ylang Ylang is frequently used in luxurious hair and skin products for its scent and nourishing and protective properties.
Throughout pregnancy women enjoy using it to help ease feelings of depression & frustration. It can be used to help reduce blood pressure and support a woman suffering with preeclampsia. It has also been shown to help with trouble sleeping.
A member of the Pelargonium genus of flower species, geraniums are grown for their beauty and as a staple of the perfume industry. While there are over 200 different varieties of Pelargonium flowers, only a few are used as essential oils. Uses of Geranium essential oil date back to ancient Egypt when Egyptians used Geranium oil to beautify skin and for other benefits. In the Victorian era, fresh geranium leaves were placed at formal dining tables as decorative pieces and to be consumed as a fresh sprig if desired; in fact, the edible leaves and flowers of the plant are often used in desserts, cakes, jellies, and teas. As an essential oil, Geranium has been used to promote the appearance of clear skin and healthy hair—making it ideal for skin and hair care products. It also helps calm nerves and lessen feelings of stress. Geranium is also known to naturally repel insects.
Based on that description taken from dōTERRA’s website I’m sure you can already see how beneficial it can be for women’s health. Some of the additional ways that women experience support from this oil during pregnancy are the reduction of pain and size of varicose veins & helping aid in the the healing of hemorrhoids. The properties of this oil that help soothe skin and reduce acne can be a great confidence boost for pregnant mamas too.
Lets jump into some recipes that you can prepare to help you during and after your birth, shall we?
This relaxing blend is a great way to help keep you and those around you feeling as calm as possible through the laboring process. Labor can be a quickly changing process for women and your mood and senses can also change drastically throughout it. If at any time the scent doesn’t appeal to you any more its nice to have the option to stop using it.
2 oz spray bottle
10 drops of lavender
7 drops wild orange
7 drops of peppermint
Top with water. Shake well before spraying. Ask someone who will be in the delivery with you to spray into the room during labor. If you have a diffuser it could also be poured into that and misted into the room.
After delivery has it’s own unique healing needs. It’s also important to be careful to not use things that could affect your milk supply if you are choosing to breast feed. Peppermint is the essential oil that is most often brought to women’s attention as one to be cautious of when it comes to post delivery healing for that reason.
Those first few days after delivery can be so tender and sore, but these soothing pads can help alleviate that for you and provide some much needed comfort.
Add 20-30 drops of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Geranium to a bottle of witch hazel. Shake to mix it together. Pour some onto some maxi pads. Place them in ziplock bags, laid flat into the shelf in the freezer until needed.
As with anything you are using throughout your pregnancy it’s important to do some research and make informed decisions. Be kind with yourself throughout this process and do not let all of the abundance of information overwhelm you. If you’d like to have a PDF emailed to you that has a nice recap of this information plus so much more with recipes and suggestions about oils specifically relating to pregnancy you can get that by reaching out in a message to me.
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Keep in mind that this is a very short list, but if you’d like to dive in further into the use of essential oils I’d be happy to set up an appointment with you to discuss your needs in detail. If you’d like to set that up today you can go to my calendar link here to choose a time that works best for you. I look forward to meeting you.
Thank you Jennifer for giving me the opportunity to share with your audience today about one of my favorite passions.
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