I enjoy learning about essential oils and using them around the house. Young Living – produces amazing “therapeutic grade” essential oils. There is a difference between these oils and the oils you may find at your local grocery or health food store! Essential oils can be pricey but they are so potent… and a little goes a long way!
~ Essential Oils For Mama ~
(I put this list together for my labor and birth.)
Lavender – dulls and eases uterine pain but also increases the strength of contractions while calming the mother and stabilizing blood pressure. Lavender is also great for mother struggling with mastitis. Great for reducing stretch marks!
Application: Diffuser, direct application, mist, bath water.
Peppermint – Nausea.
Application: Inhalation, supplement, diffuser.
Cypress – restores a feeling of stability and security, used to prevent hemorrhaging.
Application: direct application (around the closest artery/veins – not on wound.)
Valor – promotes strength, courage, and protection. Use for trauma wounds, perennial massage, and hemorrhoids after birth.
Application: Diffuser, direct application.
Clary Sage – relieves tension, brings on labor, help to expel afterbirth. (Do not use until full-term!)
Application: Diffuser, supplement, direct application to spine or feet, or bath water.
Jamine – dulls uterine pain, strengthens contractions, promotes birth and increases milk supply. Excellent when mixed with lavender and a carrier oil of evening primrose for perennial and cervical massage.
Application: Diffuser, inhale, dilute with carrier oil and apply directly.
Myrrh – speeds labor, opens cervix.
Application: Diffuser, or apply topically.
Neroli – reduces fear, tension, insomnia, apprehension, and anxiety. Use during transition period of labor.
Application: Diffuser, one drop on pillow, or spray.
Rose – cleansing effect on the uterus, antidepressant, softens ligaments, opens cervix.
Application: bath water.
Ylang Ylang – relieves high blood pressure.
Application: Diffuser, inhalation, or direct application.
PanAway – reduces muscle tension. Use for back labor pains.
Application: Dilute and apply topically.
~ Essential Oils For Baby ~
(I keep these handy in our nursery or diaper bag.)
Lavender – calming, burns, cuts, skin irritations, antimicrobial.
Gentil Baby / Peace and Calming – My secret weapon! Knocks Ori out every time. ;D
Frankincense – scars, respiratory, cough, digestion, drying the umbilical cord.
Lemon – immune boosting, cold relief.
Thieves – antimicrobial.
Valor – balancing to structural part of body, bumps and bruises.
PanAway – pain relief.
Purification – bug bites, bee stings, wasp bites, snake bites, mosquito repellant.
Cypress – bleeding.
Rose Ointment – skin irritations.
Thieves Spray – disinfectant.
LavaDerm Cooling Mist – burns, cuts, abrasions.