pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful time and there are many essential oils that can be used safely and effectively. Massage blends in pregnancy should contain half the number of drops  of essential oils in a normal blend. For instance, if a normal blend consists of 4 drops Lavender and 2 drops Roman Chamomile in 20 ml / 4 tsp carrier oil, during pregnancy modify the blend by using 2 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Roman Chamomile.

Aromatic back massage is one of the most soothing treatments for a pregnant woman, especially when nearing labor.

It is important to remember that essential oils will pass through the skin and be experienced by the baby as well, so do not add or change the recommended oils.

For use during pregnancy

  • Australian Sandalwood
  • Benzoin
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Otto
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Ylang ylang

For use during labour

  • Clary sage
  • Jasmine
  • Neroli
  • Geranium
  • Lavender

For post-natal care (mothers use only)

  • Roman Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli

Morning sickness

A bowl of boiling water with 4 – 6 drops spearmint oil added and placed on the floor by the bedside at night. The molecules inhaled during sleep will help calm the stomach. Do this for 3 consecutive nights. You can also put 1 drop on the pillow to alternate.

Stretch Marks

Blend:

  • 7 drops rose bulgar
  • 6 drops lavender
  • 5 drops tangerine

Add the above blend to a carrier oil mix of:

  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil
  • 10 drops borage seed
  • 5 drops carrot oil

Massage lower and upper abdomen, thighs, buttocks and breasts a minimum of once a day

Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins

A blend that will both prevent and alleviate hemorrhoids and varicose veins:

  • 15 drops geranium oil
  • 5 drops cypress oil

Diluted in 2 tablespoons of grapeseed or olive oil

Stroke the legs very gently upwards from ankle to thigh, the geranium will increase circulation and cypress has an astringent effect upon the whole venous system. This blend also balances the mind and alleviates doubts and anxieties. Varicose veins and hemorrhoids are both dilated veins so the care and treatment are the same.

OR

Put 2 drops of each geranium and cypress in a bath with the addition of 2 drops of lavender for both conditions

OR

For hemorrhoids make a cream to rub around the anal area by adding 15 drops of geranium and 5 drops of cypress to a small tube of KY jelly. Mix well. This treatment will not only alleviate, but prevents hemorrhoids from occurring.

Constipation

30 drops of patchouli oil in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Rub the oil all over the abdomen in a clockwise direction starting at the lower right hand side by the groin and up to just under the breast area, across and down other side to left groin area. Cover entire belly in slow, gentle, clockwise movements

Cracked Nipple Oil

  • Almond oil 90%
  • Wheatgerm 10%

Add 5 drops of calendula oil to 1 tsp of above carrier oil blend. Massage thoroughly over the whole nipple and areola area

To increase flow of breast milk

15 drops of fennel or geranium or 10 drops of clary sage

Diluted in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil. Use only 1 of the above oils to make your blend. Do not mix for this treatment. Massage breasts in a circular motion, starting under the arms, working inward and downward then up between the cleavage. Do this once a day. Wash thoroughly before breastfeeding.

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Oil Suggestions for Baths

Antibacterial: 3 drops tea tree, 3 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops thyme, 1 drop lemon

Antiviral: 3 drops tea tree, 3 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops lavender, 1 drop thyme

Deodorizing: 4 drops sage, 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops tea tree, 2 drops peppermint

Dry skin: 4 drops chamomile, 4 drops geranium, 2 drops patchouli

Greasy skin: 5 drops lemon, 3 drops ylang ylang, 2 drops cypress

Spotty skin: 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops thyme, 4 drops lavender, 2 drops chamomile

Head clearing: 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops lemon, 1 drop thyme, 2 drops rosemary

Hydrating: 2 drops chamomile, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops carrot, 2 drops geranium, 2 drops rose (optional)

Just A-H-H-H-H!: 1 drop lavender, 2 drops grapefruit, 2 drops geranium, 2 drops ylang ylang, 2 drops patchouli

Rejuvenating: 4 drops lavender, 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops peppermint

Relaxing: 4 drops chamomile, 3 drops lavender, 3 drops ylang ylang

Rise and shine: 2 drops bergamot, 3 drops orange, 3 drops lemon, 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop cinnamon

Slimming: 3 drops sage, 3 drops petitgrain, 2 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lavender

Mild sun burn: 8 – 10 drops lavender


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