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Aromatherapy Recipes for Pregnancy and Labor
By Demetria Clark
Pregnancy has always been a time when I have been so thankful for my knowledge of essential oils and aromatherapy.
I am not one of these women that carry pregnancy beautifully, I gain tons of weight, swell, have heartburn, gas and sleep all the time.
I originally formulated these blends for myself over five years ago they have since become ones used by pregnant woman, midwives and doulas all over the country.
In four ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle, add:
Shake well and mist air when feeling nauseous.
You can also try using Ginger, Neroli and Rosewood to find a mixture that works for you.
Leg Cramp Oil
This is great for leg cramps, varicose veins, varicosities and sore backs.
This leg oil is fabulous. This is so soothing and relaxing on tired muscles.
Belly Balm ~ Stretch Mark Prevention Oil
This oil feels so wonderful going on. It is smooth, moisturizing and it can really help with itching that often becomes present when our skin starts stretching.
In a double boiler melt:
When the oils are all melted, allow it to cool and add the essential oils and pour into another container for the mixture to be stored in.
You can try varying amounts of oils and types of essential oils but I love this combination. You can also use Rosewood, Rose, Lavender, Tangerine and Neroli.
Massage all over thighs, breasts, stomach and everywhere else that needs nourishing and moisturizing. I have also used this on my face, living in the Green Mountains we get frigid winds and my fair skin often needs a protector.
Relax and Focus
This is a relaxing blend to promote clarity and focus. In a four-ounce spray bottle almost filled with distilled water, add:
Shake well and mist labor room, or you can make a compress using a wet cloth and misting the cloth, apply to forehead or the laboring Mom’s back. This mist is great for Dad too.
Transition can be a trying and tiring time for the mother. We want to support her and use a mist blend that will ground, calm and help uplift her spirits.
Add water to mister container as above and add:
This is a strong blend and it should be used away from the mother. Never spray the mother directly. The point of using mists during labor is to be as non invasive as possible. Every person is different and their needs are individual and different also.
Make sure that you understand the person you are making the blend for. The wrong blend can assault the senses and we must all realize in our need to help we make may something not so beautiful for the mother.
Disclaimer - Use essential oils with education and care. Research each oil before use, especially with pregnancy, labor, and children’s health. This article is copyright © by Demetria Clark and may not be reproduced in part or whole with out prior written consent from Demetria Clark.
To learn more about herbs or herbal education opportunities visit Heart of Herbs Herbal and Aromatherapy Education. www.heartofherbs.com. Education is the key to health and well-being.
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