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Although there has been some controversy surrounding the use of essential oils while pregnant, the general consensus from health physicians these days is that as long as you use them carefully, essential oils can be a valuable tool in easing the aches, strains and stresses of pregnancy. Essential oils penetrate the skin and work their way through the body very quickly and when you are feeling under the weather they can be a fabulous and natural alternative to taking medication orally.
One common complaint many pregnant ladies suffer from is heartburn which can be uncomfortable and sore. Many recommend a couple of drops of peppermint oil in a shot glass of almond milk as a quick fix. And it has been even been suggested that peppermint, ginger or fennel rubbed into the abdomen or soles of your feet is a great way to combat indigestion.
And that dreaded morning sickness that is so rife during the first trimester? Well look no further than the soothing smells of spearmint, lime, lemon and ginger oils to blast that nausea away. Do be careful though, while some mothers-to-be swear by a quick sniff of these oils to help them feel better, others have occasionally reported that it made them feel worse. If your morning sickness is so severe that you are actually vomiting, then patchouli oil can work wonders at making you feel human again. The compounds in this oil are thought to be so effective due to the fact that they reduce the gastrointestinal muscle contractions that cause vomiting. For best results massage a few drops behind the ears or over the navel.
Struggling to sleep? Mist your bed linen with a few drops of diluted lavender oil. Or rub some oil straight onto the bottom of your feet. Please be careful though as it is recommended that lavender oil be used sparingly during the first trimester. Another alternative is to add a few drops of chamomile or ylang ylang oil to your bath before bed. The relaxing properties of both these oils should send you into the land of nod and get you the good nights sleep your body is so desperately craving.
Many women, particularly during the later stages of pregnancy, report painful legs or an aching back. Adding a few drops of oil to your bath is also a great way of soothing this other pregnancy complaint. Again, lavender and ylang ylang seem to be the popular choice for aches and pains. It has also been reported that rubbing a few drops of Geranium oil into the sore area can work a treat. But be careful to blend with a carrier or base oil if you choose this method.
Fluid retention most commonly occurs during the last 3 months of pregnancy when the blood circulating in the body has increased by up to 50%, causing uncomfortable swelling. Some aromatherapists recommend a gentle geranium based massage while others suggest adding a few drops of neroli, orange or pettigrain oil to a warm bath.
And the value of essential oils while pregnant doesn’t end there. Apparently mixing helichrysum, frankincense, lavender, the oil from some vitamin E capsules and coconut oil is the best way to stop stretchmarks in their tracks. Just like combining cypress, lavender, marjoram and geranium with another dose of that coconut oil is the best thing to sort out your hemorrhoids. The list is endless. So while you should always be careful with essential oils, particularly in those early stages of pregnancy, there’s no reason why you can’t use them to make that beautiful yet arduous journey just that little bit easier.
As for where to purchase essential oils, we recommend Young Living Essential oils.