10 good reasons to use holistic aromatherapy during pregnancy
What’s a woman’ first thought when she discovers her pregnancy?
It can be a lot of things, but one of her main concerns will always be to keep her baby safe during her pregnancy.
Yet, anything can happen! And we know that medicine will have to be avoided, and still we will have to make it work without it! Anyway, why not adopting good antitoxic habits right now!
Unlike what’s being said over and over again, aromatherapy can be a life saver as well as indicated to live your pregnancy as comfortably as possible; it is safe both for the mother and the baby, as long as you follow certain rules.
Let me list them for you, but first keep in mind the dilution rules : you will not ingest these oils, nothing to swallow!
For local application, refer to the instructions of use of the oils.
- diffuse ginger, cardamom or bergamot mint essential oil in your room
- place acupressure wrist bands on point 5 of the pericardium meridian (3 fingers down the lower wrist, in the center) and leave them at night or during the first three months, if necessary.
- Leave a cracker on your nightstand, to eat when you wake up.
Urinary tract infection: a pregnancy classic!
- Urinary tract infection can be caused by a fungus or a bacteria; whatever it is do not waste time with tests, and from the first little sign, use Summer savory (Stujera Montrana), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and Oregano (Origanum hercleoticum), which combined form a very powerful cure, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, anti-fungus and anti-parasite at the same time.
Pour two drops of each in one tablespoon of base oil and massage your feet – particularly the sole – with that mix.
- This mix is very effective to treat any infection, even the flu!
- Avoid as much as you can sugar and processed food, products derived from cattle, except yogurt. Favor product derived from goat, ewe, and plants.
- Check our pages on urinary infections for more information.
Yeast infections : the pregnancy parasit
- Vaginal fungal infection is the other big threat of pregnancy. If you feel the slightest suspicious itch, spread one tablespoon of zinc oxide cream blended with 3 drops of tea tree essential oil and one drop of summer savory or rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) essential oils on your vaginal mucous membranes.
- Repeat the application as much as needed. Cleanse the area with a gentle foaming product.
- For internal itching, pour three drops of tea tree essential oil on a tampon (tampax) and insert it in the vagina for an instant relief. Leave the tampon in all night or for a few hours during the day.
- In any case, you might be infected by Candida albicans. If you do not treat it, you might transmit it to your baby during labour. You should buy a book about that topic to help you follow an anti-fungus diet. « Your Anti-Candida Aromatic Program» avoids medicine and offers you inspiring recipes and menus.
- Your hormones
Supporting your hormones can be useful in many aspects, whether to regulate and stimulate your thyroid (controls your metabolism) or your reproductive hormones.
But your emotional balance, energy level and serenity, also depend of your hormones.
So make it easy to get balanced! Add a few drops of Green myrtle (myrtus communis) and Rose (Rosa Damascena) essential oils to your daily moisturizer and anti-stretch mark body lotion.
- We are not kidding about that topic : between the many and varied cramps, pelvis pain, ligaments stretching, useless but painful contractions, back pain, spasms… and of course, labor!!
Aromatherapy can do a lot to help relieve the pain.
- For a local application, in one tablespoon of base oil,
- add 2 drops of Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) essential oil
- and 3 drops of Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil
Rub the mix in your hands and massage the painful areas vigorously.
Suitable after the first trimester, up to labor.
Preeclampsia: pregnancy’s big threat
This is the biggest threat : high arterial blood pressure, proteins in urine and risk of death for the baby and the mother. Don’t take any risks and keep your arterial blood pressure low : massage yourself with the following mix :
- in one tablespoon of base oil,
- 1 drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil
- 3 drops of May Chang (Litsea cubeba)
- and 2 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil
Hopefully, you’ll trust the oils soon enough to experiment how powerful and gentle they can be.
Pregnancy is also a good time to become accustomed to blending! It is all explained here, in the user’s manual.
What about your own experience with pregnancy and essential oils? Did you try? Would you try?