What is the correct way to use essential oils during pregnancy? 

Which are safe and how should they be applied? The first three months, even the first three weeks, are a precious time of rapid development for your baby. It’s important to take extra caution during this time in regards to what you eat and put on your body. Even the essential oils during pregnancy should be used with caution.

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For example, instead of applying an oil directly to your body, you should dilute it first in a carrier oil, like coconut oil. You can then apply it to the problem area or you can also apply oils to the bottoms of your feet, which is a common way to use essential oils on children.

A good rule of thumb is to dilute 1-2 drops of essential oil with 1/2-1 tsp. of carrier oil. For newborns and infants, dilute 1-2 drops in 2 Tbs. of carrier oil. If the oils are used in a bath, always use a bath gel base as a dispersing agent for the oils. Common carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, or almond oil.

It is also safe to diffuse the right oils during pregnancy to promote a sense of peace and to help reduce stress.

Before I share how to use the RIGHT essential oils during pregnancy, I want to make sure you are crystal clear on what oil should be completely avoided. Please SAVE this list:

  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Wintergreen

1.Stress Recipe:  diffuse Lavender, ylang ylang, melissa, or myrrh or dilute these oils and run on the back of your neck, temples, shoulders, or reflex points on your feet.

2. Nausea Recipe: in the morning, consider using ginger or peppermint.  Dilute and apply 1-3 drops on ears, down jaw bone, and on reflex points on the feet.  Diffuse into the air, inhale directly from bottle, or apply oil to hands, tissue, or cotton ball, and inhale.

3. Mood Recipe:  if you begin to get hard on yourself and you need to practice self-love there is nothing better than diffusing Elevation Joyful Blend. As the name suggests, Elevation is an invigorating combination of essential oils that blends euphoric scents to elevate your mood, promote feelings of confidence, and increase your energy.

4. ENERGY Recipe:  since pregnancy can be extremely depleting on your body. I recommend my energy blend which consists of 2 drops Roman chamomile, 2 drops geranium, and 2 drops lavender in 2 tsp. carrier oil, and massage into the skin.

 

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5. Homemade Belly Butter Recipe:

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6. Pregnancy Brain Diffuser Recipe:

7. Contraction Support Recipe:  Clary Sage or Marjoram. Topically-  Add 3-5 drops to 1 Tbs. carrier oil, and massage on hips, bottom of feet, or abdomen. Inhalation – Diffuse into the air or smell from cap.

8. Warm cloths for discomfort:  20 washcloths in crockpot on warm. Fill with water and 20 drops of Lavender. Apply washcloth to lower abdomen or back at the beginning of each contraction.

9. Perineal support: 10 drops Helichrysum or Geranium in 1 Tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil, massage into perineum at crowning. Minimizes swelling, helps the tissue stretch to avoid tearing.

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10. Peri-Pads Recipe:

Mix the following in a 12 ounce squeeze bottle

Take 6 extra long pads and cut them in half. Lay them out on a cookie sheet and squirt mixture on them until they look wet. Can place them in the freezer for after giving birth.

If you need more info on essential oils during pregnancy, I’d love to be your guide.  Comment below with questions or email me, tracy@essentialhomestead.com.

 

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