Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding, and Beyond

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve received a lot of requests for the information I discussed in last night’s class digitally, so I decided to just put it up in a blog post!

*** DISCLAIMERS ***

  • I cannot treat, diagnose or cure you, and the information you will read here is for educational purposes only. I am here to help you learn what essential oils are and how you can incorporate them into your life.
  • All information comes directly from the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. I highly encourage everyone to read ALL of this book. After much careful research and study, it is the opinion of the author and contributors that Young Living is the only brand of essential oils they can recommended for pregnant and nursing moms and young children because of their purity.
  • We do not know everything about essential oils safety, yet, and women are encouraged to use oils responsibly and always err on the side of caution. It is suggested that women refrain from purposely using substantial amounts of essential oils during pregnancy.
  • As always, before you embark on an essential oil journey, consult with your healthcare provider.
  • Remember that you are responsible for your family’s health. This class includes holistic alternative ideas, not medical treatment.’;

*** Precautions for Pregnant Moms ***

  • Often the following are mentioned in aromatherapy guides as oils to avoid during pregnancy: basil, birch, calamus, cassia, cinnamon bark, hyssop, Idaho tansy, lavandin (a form of lavender often sold in stores as lavender), rosemary, sage, tarragon, and wintergreen.
  • Be sure to check the label on blend oils as well for these single oils ingredients!

*** Precautions for Babies (0 months – 2 years old) ***

  • Remember that your baby is tiny, fresh into this world, delicate, weighs far less than you, and is still growing and forming in many ways. Herbs and essential oils are potent and powerful substances, and are not to be used in the same way adults do.
  • Oils listed to be cautious of or avoid altogether: basil, eucalyptus, hyssop, juniper, peppermint, wintergreen.
  • Be sure to check the label on blend oils as well for these single oils ingredients!
  • Moms, always use the oil on yourself first before applying to children. If it is hot on your skin, chances are it will be on your children’s.

*** Precautions for Toddlers and Young Children (2-5 years old) ***

  • Oils generally safe to use on children include but are not limited to: bergamot, cedarwood, roman chamomile, cypress, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemon, marjoram, tea tree, orange, rose otto, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, thyme, ylang ylang…
  • Dilute all essential oils for toddlers and young children. When in doubt, mix a 1:30 blend. One part or drop of essential oil and 30 parts or drops carrier oil.
  • Moms, always use the oil on yourself first before applying to children. If it is hot on your skin, chances are it will be on your children’s.

Rules to Follow:

  1. If you think medical attention is needed, then get it.
  2. Posting a photo on social media and asking for diagnosis or asking for recommendations is NOT equal to medical attention.
  3. Do your research.
  4. Know the single oils used in the blends you choose.
  5. Choose alternatives to cautionary essential oils.
  6. Use the smallest amount and repeat if needed.
  7. Apply properly – diluted.
  8. Use common sense. If it does not feel right to you, then do not do it.

PREGNANCY

This is an amazing time in a woman’s life, and no doubt many will share their experiences and advise with you. Moms – this is your baby; YOU must weigh all the advise and take only what you and your health care provider deem appropriate. Finally, lets talk about the common uses of essential oils during pregnancy…

Emotional Support for Mom (All Stages)

  • Valor – diffuse or roll to help with courage and dispel any fears associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Joy, Lavender (kit), Peace & Calming, OR Stress Away (kit) – apply on wrist and around ears and neck. Rest, relaxation, and the ability to think clearly will return.
  • Surrender – diffuse or roll to support in releasing negative emotions.
  • Forgiveness – diffuse or roll to help release the past.

Acid Reflux / Heartburn (Mom)

  • AlkaLime (Supplement) – Mix one teaspoon in water. Take 1-3 times daily, one hour before meals or retiring to bed as an aid in alkalizing.
  • Peppermint (Kit) – one drop on tongue or glass of water.

* Peppermint has been reported by some nursing moms to cause a reduction in milk supply. Some aromatherapy texts suggest avoiding during pregnancy and while nursing.

Seasonal Support (for Mom)

  • Lavender (Kit), R.C. and Eucalyptus Radiata – diffuse 20 to 30 minutes twice per day or as needed.

Back Pain (for Mom)

  • Deep Relief Roll-On – apply directly on area of discomfort.
  • Aroma Siez (Aug. ER promo), PanAway (kit) OR Valor – apply neat or diluted on the area.

Circulation (for Mom)

  • Ortho Ease Massage Oil – apply to legs
  • Aroma Life + Cypress + Helichrysum + Tangerine – combine a couple of drops of each with several drops of a carrier oil and massage legs daily.

Energy (for Mom)

  • En-R-Gee: rub on back of neck, or bottoms of feet.
  • NingXia Red (kit): drink 3 to 6 oz per day, spread throughout day.

Head Tension (for Mom)

  • Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint (kit oils) OR Roman Chamomile – place a drop on temples, back of neck, across forehead and on the painful location. Also inhale.

* Peppermint has been reported by some nursing moms to cause a reduction in milk supply. Some aromatherapy texts suggest avoiding during pregnancy and while nursing.

Pregnancy Insomnia (for Mom)

  • Lavender (kit) and Peace and Calming: rub on bottoms of feet at bedtime. May also diffuse in the bedroom 30 minutes before retiring.

Itching (for Mom)

  • Rose Ointment, LavaDerm Cooling Mist, ClaraDerm Spray, OR Roman Chamomile: apply or spray on area.

Stretch Marks (for Mom)

  • Lavender (kit) or Gentle Baby – mix 1 to 2 drops with carrier oil. Can also mix 2 to 4 drops of Gentle Baby with Rose Ointment over abdomen.
  • Valor – rub neat over abdomen.

Morning Sickness / Nausea / Vomiting

  • Combine Spearmint (2 drops) (Aug. ER promo) + Ginger (1 drop) + Patchouli (1 drop) in a capsule at the onset or to prevent; or inhale and rub over belly.
  • DiGize (kit) – rub over abdomen. *Contains fennel! Avoid if a family history of seizures exist.
  • Thieves (kit) – rub on bottoms of feet. Inhale.
  • Sandalwood – rub 1 to 2 drops over abdomen.
  • Peppermint (kit) – apply 1 drop to tongue. Inhale.

* Peppermint has been reported by some nursing moms to cause a reduction in milk supply. Some aromatherapy texts suggest avoiding during pregnancy and while nursing.


LABOR AND DELIVERY

Diffuser Blend

+Lavender (4 drops) (kit)

+Frankincense (4 drops) (kit)

+Ylang Ylang (2 drops)

+Roman Chamomile (2 drops)

Cold Compress

Place the following oils in a bowl of water, swish a washcloth in it and use it to cool mom’s head and face: Jasmine (5-10 drops), Roman Chamomile (5 drops), Geranium (5 drops), Lavender (10-20 drops) (kit).

C-Section

  • Rose – 1 drop on closed, healing incision may assist in rejuvenating the skin/tissue.
  • Helichrysum – 1 drop on location may help heal tissue trauma and stop minor bleeding.
  • Lavender (kit) – Liberally apply on location may prevent scarring and promote skin healing.

After Birth Care (for Mom)

  • ClaraDerm Spray – apply as needed on vaginal area. It soothes dry, chapped, or itchy skin. Its gentle blend of Lavender, Frankincense, and other essential oils is expertly formulated to relieve occasional skin irritations. (YL)
  • Gentle Baby – Place 2-4 drops on abdominal area.

Hemorrhoids

  • Rose Ointment – Apply topically

BREASTFEEDING

Lactation (increase supply)

  • Fennel: Swallow 2 drops of oil in a teaspoon of honey every two hours. Follow with glasses of water. May apply to breast following a nursing session.

* Avoid if a family history of seizures exist.

Sore Nipples

  • Rose Ointment – Apply topically as needed.

Breast Infection / Mastitis / Milk Fever

Combine Geranium (1 drop) + Lavender (1 drop) (kit) + Melrose (2 drops) in 1.5 pints cold water, dip washcloth into mix, squeeze excess water out, and apply on breast as a cold compress. Repeat as frequently as each hour during the day.


BEYOND

Circumcision

  • Rose Ointment – Apply topically with each diaper change to prevent healing area from sticking to diaper.

Bathing Baby

  • Seedlings Baby Wash & Shampoo – Formulated specially for infants delicate skin. Mild, gentle formula is tear-free, sulfate-free, made from 100% plant-based, naturally derived ingredients. (YL)
  • If you choose to do a bath at the hospital, have your little babe’s first bath be safe and toxin free!
  • We use this on my almost 11 month-old baby!

Baby Skin

  • Seedlings Baby Lotion – Uses a mild, gentle formula developed specially for infants delicate skin. Prevents dryness by soothing and moisturizing skin. Made with plant-based, naturally derived ingredients. Dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic. Vegan friendly. (YL)
  • We use this on my almost 11 month-old baby!

Cradle Cap

  • Lavender (kit) OR Melrose – dilute or use neat on affected area.
  • Rose Ointment – apply to the scalp. It may also be combined with a drop of either Lavender or Melrose, or both.

Diaper Rash

* Avoid commercial products that contain irritants such as talc and mineral oil.

  • Seedlings Diaper Rash Cream – Helps relieve, treat, and prevent diaper rash. Mild formula developed for infant’s delicate skin. Made with 100% naturally derived ingredients and non-nano zinc oxide. (YL)
  • We use this on my almost 11 month-old baby!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out!

XO,

Kate

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