There are many things you can do to relieve pain and discomfort that comes with pregnancy. I like to give options that are natural and safe. I wanted to touch on some simple remedies for the common issues, you can always comment and ask about specific problems.
First, I want to go over common carrier oil options; you use it along with a few drops of essential oil to properly dilute. For normal skin my favorite is fractionated coconut oil, other options are hempseed, coconut, grape seed and sunflower. Oily skin works best with grape seed, apricot, jojoba and sunflower. There are many levels or dry skin but these all seem to work well; avocado, rosehip and olive. With sensitive skin you should always test on a small patch of skin before using all over but these are great options; jojoba, sesame seed and apricot. For mature skin try jojoba, sesame seed, rosehip and apricot. In general, sweet almond oil can be used for all skin types but my personal favorite is fractionated coconut oil.
Just like skin types can be different and you might have to try a few different carrier oils in order to find the right one. We are all so uniquely different to you might react differently to these remedies, just be open to trying different options!
Here are common symptoms in pregnancy that essential oils can help with. Remember oils need to be re-applied every few hours or more. The good news is they don’t cost nearly as much as per application as medication/prescriptions can! Also please remember that the quality of essential oils matter. Do your research to find grades that can be ingested. I use Doterra essential oil.
Pregnancy symptom: Oil options: Application:
Breasts (to soothe) Lavender and Geranium 3-5 drops to 1tsp of carrier oil
Breasts (sore) Roman Chamomile Same application
Constipation Lemon, Peppermint, Fennel 1-3 drops undiluted on abdomen
Depression Frankincense 3-5 drops under tongue, chase w/ water
Fatigue Peppermint, Grapefruit, 1-2 drops in your palm, inhale deeply
High Blood Pressure Ylang Ylang, Geranium 3 drops of Ylang Ylang in bath 2x a week
Nausea/Vomiting Ginger, Peppermint 1-3 drops on ear, jawbone *
Sleep Lavender 1-3 drops on bottoms of feet or diffuse
Swelling Water, Lemon, Cypress, 3-4 liters a day, 3-5 drops oil to message
Lavender, Ginger legs or 3-5 drops lemon to all water
*High blood pressure- combine in 1 oz. carrier oil and rub over heart and on reflex points of left hand and foot.
*Nausea- and on reflex points of the feet or place 1-3 drops in a capsule and swallow or diffuse
I would love to hear other uses for oil in pregnancy and if you need any help with oils let me know. Oil on ladies. Take control of what you put in and on your body. You got this!
I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator and certifying Nutritionist. Essentially I am a women's health nerd. I have struggled with Autoimmune issues for the last 10 years, and more recently fertility issues. This along with my birth work, has driven me to self research. I have added a blog to my site in hopes of giving resources to clients or those interested in these topics. I would love feedback and comments.
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