Oils to consider for labor: Lavender

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All recommendation are for use with doTerra CPTG oils only. Results may not be the same with other oils. Please check other oil labels before using them topically or ingesting them.

Oils to consider for labor:

Lavender during early labor can help calm the early jitters, both for mom and her partner. Diffuse in the room or use with a carrier oil for light massage. 
Jasmine helps to increase the intensity of the contractions but also acts as an analgesic, helping to take away some of the sensations of the contractions. This can be used neat on the lower abdomen or used with a carrier oil for massage.  Jasmine is in doTerra’s Whisper
Myrrh can help pick things up if labor slows. Diffuse into the room or put it on a cotton ball near mom. Often the intensity of the contractions will pick up right away and the aroma of the oil can then become an irritant if mom moves into transition. 
Black Pepper is a great oil for back labor having a similar action as sterile water injections. Black Pepper mixed with a carrier oil can ease some of the pain. Clove or nutmeg can also be used for this same issue. Use care when using these oils neat as there can be skin sensitivity to them. 
Rose Oil is euphoric, it can work as a uterine relaxant and it can help ligaments to soften enabling a the pelvic bones to expand more easily. 
Clary Sage can help balance hormones at the very end pregnancy and act as an analgesic, as a tonic to the respiratory muscles, the uterine system and can calm the lower spinal cord during labor.  Apply 3-4 drops on the inner ankles.  Do not use prior to 38 weeks.
Peppermint when inhaled can help reduce anxiety and hypertension. It can be cooling on the lower back. It can help to ease nausea. I put peppermint on a cool wash cloth for mom to smell or wipe her face with during transition. 

Oils to consider for pregnancy and labor:

Elevation (doTerra’s blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus and sandalwood) is great for creating a uplifting, calming and joyful experience.

Serenity (doTerra’s blend of lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean) is a calming blend designed to reduce stress by calming the nervous system, creating a sense of well-being and improved health through the natural reduction of stress and its related symptoms.  It contains create a subtle aroma ideal for aromatic diffusion or topical application. 

Balance (doTerra’s blend of spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy with fractionated coconut oil) on the feet to help relax and increase a sense of courage to continue with the birthing process.Consider Balance for a momma who is overdue, it can help with accepting a situation as it is.
Pregnancy and Birth related issues that essential oils can help with:

Group B Strep-One 00 capsule of Lavender daily for the last month before delivery 
can help.  Also using OnGuard (doTerra’s immune building antibacterial/antiviral bland) daily on the bottom of the feet can boost the immune system and fight infection. 

Pain and controlling bleeding-A blend of equal parts Clary Sage, White Fir, Helichrysum, Geranium and Ylang Ylang topically (ankles and lower back) can be a powerful pain relief combination.

Hemerrhoids- mix one drop of cypress with one drop of either helichrysum or geranium apply topically or add oils to a bath to soak in.

High blood pressure- 3 drops ylang ylang and 3 drops marjoram in bath water 3X week, or 10 drops ylang ylang + 5 drops marjoram + 5 drops cypress in 1 oz. fractionated coconut oil rub over heart and reflex points or 5 drops geranium + 8 drops lemongrass + 3 drops lavender in 1 oz coconut oil rub over heart and reflex points or diffuse into the air. Note: avoid rosemary, thyme, and possibly peppermint

Preeclampsia- cypress dilute 1:1 with coconut oil apply to bottoms of the feet, diffuse into the air.

Pelvic pain- 2-3 drops ginger or geranium in warm bath water to soak in or 5-10 drops in coconut oil to massage on pelvis.

Breasts- lavender or geranium applied topically, roman chamomile for sore nipples, fennel to tone. Add 3-5 drops to coconut oil and massage on location.

Breast Pain or plugged duct Lavender and Citrus oils

Avoiding episiotomy- geranium, 5-10 drops in ½ tsp olive oils, massage perineum

Uterus- clary sage, 1-3 drops around the ankles to help tone the uterus

Transition- basil has stimulating properties, it can energizing and uplifting, and help get lactation started apply to reflex points

Preterm labor- slow it with Lavendar applied topically

Hemorrhaging- helichrysum, 1-3 drops on lower back to help prevent

Lactation- clary sage (to start lactation), fennel or basil to increase supply

Scar tissue- helichrysum 5 drops with 5 drops lavender in 1 tbls sunflower oil or with liquid lecithin apply topically, geranium applied topically to help scar form with softer tissue.

Sensitve scar- lavender, geranium

Bladder infection- lemongrass, OnGuard

Weaning or over engorged- peppermint to decrease supply, whisper contains jasmine that may also decrease supply, please us cautiously and only after successful breastfeeding is established.

Mastitis- lavender and citrus bliss for pain, dilute with coconut oil and apply topically. Oregano or OnGuard and Melaluca to fight infection taken internally in a gel cap or applied to the bottom of the feet

Post Partum Depression- Vetiver, lemon, frankincense, grapefruit, lavender, bergamot, Elevation, Balance, Citrus Bliss are all oils with properties known to help with aspects of depression. Diffuse into air, apply to hands and inhale, dilute as recommended apply to forehead and temples, add to bathwater

Releasing Birth Trauma- Vetiver

Miscarriage- emotional healing, frankincense is highly antidepressant and restorative, grapefruit can help manage stress, withdrawal, depression, fatigue, and stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. Geranium can help control bleeding, depression, hormonal imbalance.

Thrush-Treat yourself and you will be treating your child if you nursing. Melaleuca on baby’s feet and a good cleanse/probiotic regiment for mom. Digestzen essential oil blend and melaleuca for mom to kill yeast.

NOTE: The advice shared in this document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to "treat" medical problems. Contact Farrah Collver with any questions. farrah_birthdoula@yahoo.com

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