The Your Choices Randolph family had the privilege this week of hosting a team of essential oil advocates, Merri Holmes and Heidi Seawell. They came to our center and told us all about essential oils and their many health benefits, including how the oils can be used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments that can be experienced during pregnancy. We were all curious, how can these help the moms at our center? Are these all safe during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum? Are they safe for babies? In this blog post I will walk you all through this information, but in a nutshell, yes, most essential oils are safe for women during these times, they can be safe for infants, and they are extremely beneficial for any pregnancy, whether it is tough or not.
What are essential oils?
According to these ladies, they are “naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. (What is an Essential Oil?)” What does this mean? Merri Holmes gave us an explanation that may be a bit easier to swallow. Like blood in our veins, essential oils are the blood of plants. If a plant leaf is torn or damaged, the oils are there to repair the wound just as our blood does when we get a cut. Some well-known essential oils are lavender, lemon, and peppermint. Lavender is probably most well-known as a sleep aid. Lemon is a great oil to diffuse and help with depression, and peppermint is great to help with allergies and nausea (Modern Essentials, 2015). Most oils have multiple uses, but I will outline some of the best ones for pregnancy in this article.
Essential Oils for Pregnancy
There is a huge variety of oils that can be used for different ailments during pregnancy. A friend of mine stressed that she has been struggling with exhaustion, so I did some research for her. For energy during pregnancy, the Modern Essentials book recommends a blend of Roman chamomile, geranium, and lavender oils. Two drops each is recommended blended with coconut oil and then massaged into skin. Individually, these oils help with a host of issues. Roman chamomile is a great oil for skin allergies, bee stings, diaper rash, insomnia, and a host of other conditions. Geranium is helpful with chapped lips or cradle cap. Lavender is an oil that helps with a variety of skin conditions, sleep issues, and even teething pain and thrush in infants. With infants and young children, however, be sure to dilute your oils with coconut oil or another carrier oil. Additionally, do not allow children or infants to ingest the oils, as they are very concentrated (Modern Essentials, 2015).
Essential oils can also be a great help with morning sickness and nausea in general. Ginger, peppermint, and lemon are all oils that are recommended to help ease nausea. They can be used in a diffuser, diluted with a carrier oil and used topically, or taken in a capsule. In general with pregnancy, five oils are recommended. These are geranium, ylang ylang, lavender, grapefruit, and Roman chamomile. Whatever your main pregnancy difficulty is, these oils can help you make it through. Merri and Heidi also recommends a blend called the women’s monthly blend. This blend contains clary sage, lavender, bergamot, Roman chamomile, cedarwood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, and palmarosa oils. It also contains Vitex, a supplement used to regulate estrogen levels and alleviate PMS and menopause symptoms (Modern Essentials, 2015). This blend can be used for a variety of female ailments including balancing hormones, easing cramps, and easing hot flashes. It does come with a warning to talk to your doctor before use when pregnant, however, so be sure to do so and to do some of your own research as well!
During the class we took, I was amazed at all the ways essential oils can help heal us and make us healthier. As Mrs. Holmes told us, these oils are something God created on this Earth, and He created them not only for the purpose of use in the plants they come from, but also to be a help to His most beloved creation, human beings. He is a wise and awesome God, and He knew what we would need from the very start.
“Then God said: Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. And so it happened: the earth brought forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw that it was good.”
Genesis 1:11-12 (New American Bible Revised Edition, 2011)
Disclaimer: Check with your doctor before using essential oils. Not all oils are created equal, so be sure to research the oils you use and ensure they are pure essential oils.
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