I'm pleased to welcome Annalie Lockhart-Chapman to to blog today- sharing her top tips for busting the difficulties of pregnancy using essential oils.
So you get the blue (or pink line) on your pregnancy test and your emotions start to soar! Then the reality of pregnancy kicks in and you start to feel tired, sick and your boobs hurt if anyone even looks at them. This pregnancy malarkey is tough! And to top it all off when you have a raging headache there is nothing you can do about it, you can’t take this, you can’t take that, don’t do this don’t do that. Your life seems to revolve around the dos and don’t like never before, your anxiety reaches an all-time high as you have no idea if that little bundle is happy in there or not and you cry at everything, you don’t even want to cry, but you can’t get the top off your marmite jar and it feels like the end of the world is coming. Then the guilt kicks in, you should be enjoying every moment of this gift you have been given, growing a little life. Actually, pregnancy is bloody hard! But all is not lost there is something you can to help find emotional balance and physical comfort. Essential oils!
It is an exciting time for pregnant women as 100% certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils are safe to use in pregnancy (I actually discovered these oils from a pregnant hypnobirthing client) they give you the opportunity to make you blossom even more in pregnancy, have a more relaxed and effective labour, enhance your postnatal recovery and support breastfeeding
Oils can be used aromatically and topically, and for the highest quality oils, you can also ingest them. You need to find a good quality brand here – look for a brand that advocates internal use, even if you are not going to ingest them, it is important to ensure that the oil is tested to be free of impurities and without fillers*
Of course, there are some precautions you can take, like starting with a very small amount and increasing the amount you are using slowly if you have not used them before. Clary Sage and jasmine should be avoided until you are full term, just in case you are already in early labour they can increase the effectiveness of your surges.
If you have not used them before, you can start with a smaller amount and increase to quantity ensuring that there is no sensitivity as you do so. Also, trust your intuition, if you don’t feel comfortable using a particular oil, don’t use it. The recommendations here are safe to use in pregnancy. I would suggest you always dilute when using topically, certainly if you have not used them before. So one drop of oil to one drop of plant-based carrier oil (Fractionated coconut oil is great).
So, here are 10 niggles you might get in pregnancy, and the oils you can use to help.
1 Total and utter exhaustion - wild orange, lemon grapefruit and peppermint have wonderful properties that can give you an instant boost. Pop them in a diffuser or put a drop in your hands and sniff!
2 Morning (or being awake) Sickness - make sure you eat lots of protein at night as this can help with that horrible empty feeling in the morning, and then use lavender lemon and ginger, in some fractionated coconut oil, rubbed onto the belly. Cardamom is amazing, a drop behind your ears and on the back of the neck, might be all you need. Making this up in a roller bottle is a great way of using it and having it to hand all the time.
3. Heartburn & indigestion – Digestive blend, peppermint, ginger and wild orange – 1 or two drops under your tongue and follow with a water chaser (I like to use a shot glass :D )
4. Headache – Restful blend, lavender, peppermint, soothing blend or soothing blend. Apply to your temples, forehead, and back of your neck. You can combine these too if one isn’t cutting it.
5. Backache – Soothing blend, lavender, rosemary, wild orange or massage blend. Massage one or a combination of these with coconut oil to the area of concern.
6. Stretchmarks – Make up this blend and apply it daily
10 drops cypress
5 drop geranium
10 drops invigorating blend
10 drop lavender
10 drops wild orange
Add to 150ml of fractionated coconut oil
7. Restless legs – When they just won’t stay still! Geranium, lavender, and cypress & massage blend are all fantastic. Use them separately in coconut oil, or together if one isn’t enough.
8. Feeling meh? – Joyful blend, Wild Orange, grounding blend, bergamot, vetiver – use these aromatically in a diffuser or popping a drop in the palms of your hands breathing in deeply then rubbing on the back of your neck.
9. Pain in the bum?! Haemorrhoids (yep, they happen!) –
20 drops Helichrysum
20 drops geranium
20 drops Arborvitae or cypress
10 drops peppermint
In a 60ml glass bottle (spray bottles are good)
Top up with fractionated coconut oil
10. For a restful night’s sleep– Lavender, Frankincense, Vetiver & wild orange. You can use these alone or combined in a diffuser and rub on the bottoms of your feet for a peaceful sleep. i
And relax… you see, you don’t have to endure all the emotional a physical difficulties that come along with growing a human, there is something you can do about it. Pregnancy can be a time of utter bliss, and pure essential oils can help you to find it.
If you want to find out more about the oils I recommend, and how you can use them, head over to my Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EssentialEarthTribe/
*The essential oils industry is unregulated, so an oil can have 100% pure written on the bottle and it may only have 3% of the actual essential oil in it. Choose wisely.
**There are some essential oils that are contraindicated in pregnancy. However many of the contraindications come from impurities of the lower quality oils. By choosing the right oils, you can be confident in using oils in pregnancy.
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