Aromatherapy in Pregnancy

Aromatherapy in PregnancyPregnancy is such a wonderful time in a woman’s life however it can sometimes cause all sorts of havoc on the body. Morning sickness can often be experienced early on and can range from mild to debilitating. To help calm your stomach, you can add a drop or two of Spearmint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water and have the bowl nearby to breath in the aroma.

If you suffer from insomnia during pregnancy which is also quite common, you can add a few drops of Mandarin essential oil to 30ml of sweet almond oil. Get your partner or a friend to gently massage this blend into your lower back. This will also assist with any lower back pain which is often another symptom.

Digestive problems and heart burn can also occur for a variety of reasons. Useful essential oils to use in this case include Coriander, Melissa and Lemon. Use very sparingly by adding 1 drop of each or one only to 30ml of sweet almond oil. This blend can then be gently massaged into your abdominal area.

Stretch marks are a common occurrence in pregnancy for obvious reasons. To prevent these you can use the stretch mark massage blend for pregnancy found in an earlier blog post. For best results, start using this blend as soon as you discover you are pregnant. If you use this blend consistently throughout your pregnancy, you could well escape from any signs of stretch marks at all.

It is extremely important in pregnancy to use only those essential oils that are recommended by a qualified Aromatherapist. Many essential oils contain emmenagogue properties which means to bring on periods or contractions. These include essential oils such as Angelica, Basil, Bay, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cumin, Hyssop, Juniper, Lavender, Myrrh, Peppermint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.

Essential oils that are euphoric such as Fennel, Basil and Aniseed should also never been used in pregnancy as they are potential nerve poisons.

The safest essential oils to use in pregnancy are Mandarin, Bergamot, Jasmine, Neroli and Rose. These should only ever be used in moderation however, especially in the first three months of pregnancy and always consult a qualified Aromatherapist if in any doubt whatsoever.

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