Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Learning to support your own and your babies' health with essential oils is one of the most empowering things you can do as an expectant mother.  Reducing your toxic load and exposure to chemicals and pharmaceuticals is essential for you and your baby to thrive.  It is fun and easy to learn how to create your own remedies while avoiding the nasty ingredients found in so many conventional products.  

So, what do you need to know before you get started?

It is recommended a pregnant women be under the care of a physician and/or midwife and consult with them before taking or using any new products, to take into account their individual circumstances.  

Clary Sage (also found in Clary Calm) can stimulate uterine contractions to this is one best to leave until you are due or overdue.  Once your baby has arrived, Clary Calm is one of the best ways to balance your hormones, so use it daily (multiple times) in the first three months after birth.

The following information is taking directly from Aromatools.

Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

Dilution chart for pregnancy, birth and babies

 

Which Oils Can Support Me In Pregnancy

Our first recommendation would be the Home Essentials Kit.  Since I first purchased our Home Essential Kit, my family has never taken an antibiotic.  Don't get me wrong, conventional medicine is essential when required.  It's just that we have been able to avoid taking medicines, while supporting our immune systems, improving our general health and managing symptoms of any minor ailments that have come up, from ant bites to coughs and colds.  I truly believe this kit is a necessity for all families.  In addition to this kit, the following oils are my top picks for pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Clary Calm (WHAT!  Didn't I just say that is not recommended during pregnancy??).  Absolutely not for pregnancy, but from day one of birth, this blend was my life saver.  I applied it as a perfume behind my ears 2-3 times per day.  In my sleep deprived haze that followed the birth of my second son, it was a blissful moment of 'me time' after my shower.  I had postnatal anxiety after the birth of my first son and was very concerned I would get it again the second time around.  I truly believe this little blend was the reason I sailed through my 'day 3 blues' without any stress.  Almost three months to the day of using it non stop, I finally felt like I had no longer a need for it on a daily basis.

Fractionated Coconut Oil -  This is perfect for diluting, making your own roller and spray blends, as well as using as a moisturiser on occasion with a drop of an oil such as Balance or Frankincense.  

Helicrysum - This little oil saved my ass!  (Well, kinda).  I delivered both my boys naturally and each time while I didn't tear I had painful grazes.  I made a sits bath from 8 drops lavender, 8 drops helicrysum and 5 drops roman chammomile, along wth a big ole spoon of pink rock salt, all mixed into warm water.  These baths were extraodinary and I could actually feel the healing that was taking place each time.  I did them 3-5 times per day at the start as used them as pain relief.

Myrrh -  This is like nature's antibiotic in a bottle.  My son's belly button stump was inflammed and red.  A single drop, once only of this oil, cleared away all redness and infection immediately!  Magic!

Geranium - Not only is this oil recommended by The Essential Midwife for helping support babies with Jaundice but I also mixed it with one drop of lemon and tea tree in fractionated coconut oil to massage on bub's head to remove cradle cap.  Simply rub on and massage, wait an hour or two and comb out.  Works brilliantly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Oils Can Support Me In Pregnancy

Our first recommendation would be the Home Essentials Kit.  This oils in this kit will carry your family through for many years.

 

 

 

Essential Oils Uses During Pregnancy and Motherhood

The following list is taken from Aromatools.com

Anxiety/Tension: Lavender, ylang ylang, melissa, or myrrh. Diffuse or dilute and rub on back of neck, temples, chest, shoulders, back or reflex points on the feet.

Breasts: Lavender (soothes), geranium (soothes), Roman chamomile (sore nipples), or fennel (tones). (Caution: Fennel should not be used for more than 10 days, as it will excessively increase flow through the urinary tract.) Add 3-5 drops to 1Tbs. carrier oil, and massage on location.

Delivery: Lavender (stimulates circulation, calming, antiseptic), or clary sage. Add 3-5 drops to 1 Tbs. carrer oil, and massage on hips, bottoms of feet, or abdomen.

Avoid Episiotomy: Geranium. Add 5-10 drops to 1/2 tsp. olive oil and massage perineum.

Diffuse: Calming Blend or Joyful Blend

Uterus: Clary Sage. Apply 1-3 drops around the ankles to help tone uterus.

Transition: Basil. Dilute as recommended, and apply 1-2 drops to temples or abdomen.

Early Labor: Lavender. Gently apply 1-3 drops on stomach or on heart area to help stop.

Energy: Blend: Combine 2 drops Roman chamomile, 2 drops geranium, and 2 drops lavender in 2 tsp. carrier oil, and massage into the skin.

Hemorrhaging: Helichrysum. Apply 1-3 drops on lower back to help prevent hemorrhaging.

High Blood Pressure: Ylang ylang, eucalyptus, lavender, clover, clary sage, or lemon. Diffuse or dilute as recommended and apply on location, on reflex points on feet and hands, and over heart. (Note: Avoid rosemary, thyme, and possibly peppermint.) Bath: Place 3 drops ylang ylang in bathwater, and bathe in the evening twice a week. Blend: Combine 5 drops gernaium, 8 drops lemongrass, and 3 drops lavender in 1 oz. carrier oil. Rub over heart and on reflex points on left foot and hand.

Labor (During): Clary sage (may combine with fennel). Apply 3 drops around ankles or on abdomen.

Labor (Post): Lavender or geranium. Dilute as recommended, and apply 1-3 drops on abdomen, ankles or bottoms of feet.

Lactation (Milk Production): Clary sage (start production), fennel or basil (increase production), peppermint (decrease production). Dilute as recommended, and apply 1-2 drops on breasts. Apply peppermint with cold compress to help reduce production. (Caution: Fennel should not be used for more than 10 days, as it will excessively increase flow through the urinary tract.)

Mastitis (Breast Infection): Lavender. Dilute as recommended, and apply 1-2 drops on breasts.

Miscarriage (After): Frankincense, grapefruit, geranium, lavender, or Roman chamomile. Dilute 5-6 drops in 1 Tbs. carrier oil, and massage on back, legs, and arms. Add 3-4 drops to warm bathwater, and bathe.

Morning Sickness: Ginger or peppermint. Dilute and apply 1-3 drops on ears, down jaw bone, and on reflex points on the feet. Place 1-3 drops of ginger in empty capsule with 1-3 drops of olive oil; swallow capsule. Diffuse into the air, inhale directly from bottle, or apply oil to hands, tissue, or cotton ball, and inhale.

Placenta: Basil (to help retain). Dilute and apply 1-2 drops on lower abdomen and reflex points on the feet.

Postpartum Depression: Joyful Blend, lemon, lavender, frankincense, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, bergamot, Grounding Blend, myrrh, or orange. Diffuse or dilute and apply 1-2 drops to temple or forehead. Add 5-10 drops to 1 Tbs. carrier oil and use as massage oil. Add 1-3 drops to war bathwater, and bathe.

Preeclampsia (see also High Blood Pressure above): Cypress. Diffuse or dilute 1:1 in carrier oil, and apply 1-2 drops on bottoms of feet and on abdomen.

Self Love: Joyful Blend. Diffuse into the air or wear as perfume.

For more information on the use of essential oils and aromatherapy for pregnancy and motherhood, please click here.

The information above is an abridgment from the Modern Essentials "Personal Usage Guide" section by AromaTools. This information has been designed to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that the publisher, the authors, and AromaTools, LLC are not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The authors, publisher, and AromaTools LLC shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this information. The information presented is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.

Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

The following information is taking directly from Aromatools.

Pregnancy Safety Data

It is very difficult to compile a list of oils and products to be avoided during pregnancy. Each aromatologist has a different opinion. We feel that an oil that is unsafe is an oil that has been adulterated or one that is used improperly. Oils that are diluted, applied externally and in moderation should not create a problem. This list is a compilation of the safety data contained in aromatherapy books written by the following authors: Ann Berwick, Julia Lawless, Shirley & Len Price, Jeanne Rose, Robert Tisserand, and Tony Balacs.

Avoid During Pregnancy

Single Oils: Basil, birch, calamus, cassia, cinnamon bark, hyssop, Idaho tansy, laurel, lavandin, mountain savory, mugwort, rosemary, thyme, sage, tarragon, wintergreen.

Use Cautiously During Pregnancy

Single Oils: Angelica, cedarwood, chamomile (German/blue), cistus, citronella, Clary sage, clove bud, cumin (Black), cypress, davana, fennel, laurel, marjoram, Mountain savory, myrrh, nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, rose, spearmint, vetiver, yarrow

Please note:  Peppermint is the only oil listed that comes in the Home Essential's Kit.  It can still be used in cleaning products and is best avoided whilst pregnant and breastfeeding as it can have a negative effect on milk supply.  

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DoTERRA who were named one of Forbes top 10 employers of 2016, make sharing our passion for oils both easy and rewarding.  Partnering with Sense of Space ensures you are joining a professional team of individuals who genuinely love these products, are knowledgeable and happy to share their knowledge and resources with you by mentoring you through the process of starting your business.  

Whether your ambition is small or large, we will support you.

Step One:  Get to know doTERRA

  1. Visit doterra.com to learn about the company, the business opportunity and find detailed information on every product.
  2. Subscribe to DoTERRA's youtube channel and be sure to watch all of Dr Hill's educational videos. 

Step Two:  Get to know how we will help you

Contact Annelise to set up an obligation free phone or in-studio meeting, at annelise.remigio@gmail.com.

Handy Resources for now and later

  1. Doterra Tools is where you will find all the forms, flyers, training guides and more!  Choose Training Tools from the menu, then Tools by Market A-Z, then choose Australia.  
  2. Ensure you use only compliant language when talking about the oils.  DoTERRA have an approved claim list which is a valuable list to download and even print out as a reference.  
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Loyalty Rewards Program Order

The smartest way to buy products is through DoTERRA's Loyalty Rewards Program, which not only qualifies you for wholesale pricing, but allows you to receive 10-30% of your purchase in free product points.  

Earning 30% In Free Product Points

Your starting percentage is based on the kit you purchased when you received your wholesale membership.  The percentage at which you earn product points grows over time.  If your order is 50PV or more every month, your percentage increases 5% every three months until you reach 30%.  

PV refers to Personal Volume.  Each product has a specific PV.  In many cases is roughly the equivalent of the wholesale cost of the product.  PV is shown each time you make an order or can be found in the price list.  

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DoTERRA even give you the chance to earn 100% of your shipping costs back as product points!  They automatically reimburse you 100% in product points, every time you place your loyalty order online.  If you call Member Services to place your order, they reimburse you 50% of your shipping costs in product points.

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