Essential Oils

Postpartum Natural Solutions

You did it, you delivered a Beautiful little boy or girl you can now carry in your arms.  What a beautiful thing and how amazing it feels.  That is the picture you have had in your mind for months but did you expect some of the ailments after pregnancy, maybe not.  While the baby is great and amazing and wonderful, how do you feel?  Worried is my milk coming in, it is coming in too fast, I am getting no sleep, how will I care for this life I created.  I know all these thoughts went through my mind.  I just want to say first before anything else take a deep breathe you have this under control.  Yes it is going to be a new and crazy journey but it will also be fun, exciting, and fulfilling. I want to give you some tools to assist you postpartum with some common things that can occur.  Essential Oils are my go to Natural Healer, and I only recommend Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

There are many women who suffer from postpartum depression.  This is a crazy time…emotions are running, hormones are here and there and everywhere.  Diffusing Clary Sage, Bergamot, or Whisper can help with Postpartum Depression.

Breastfeeding

Increase Milk Production

  • Basil

  • Fennel (Do not use more than 10 days)

  • Clary Sage (Start milk production 2 drops to 1 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Peppermint can decrease milk production.

Engorged

Soak a washcloth in hot or cool water with 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops geranium (2:2:1).  Place washcloth on Breast for relief.

Sore Nipples

Use 3 drops of Lavender or Geranium to 1 tsp of Fractionated Coconut Oil

Dry/Cracked Nipples

Use 5 drops of Geranium, Myrrh, and Sandalwood to 1 tsp of Fractionated Coconut Oil

Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection that can occur in women who are Breastfeeding.  The breast becomes swollen, red, and painful.  Symptoms can be fever, breast tenderness, skin redness, and breast are warm to touch.  Generally only occurs in one breast, not both.

  • Lavender or Citrus Bliss combined with lavender, Dilute 1 drop to 1 tsp Fractioned Coconut Oil if needed and place on Breast with irritation.

  • On Guard, Oregano, or Lemon for Antibacterial

  • Frankincense for inflammation

  • Peppermint for fever

Strechmarks

  • Immortelle Roll on

  • Lavender or Myrrh 5-10 drops to 1 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil or Hazelnut Oil

  • 1 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil, 2-3 drops of Helichrysum, Lavender, and Frankincense, 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil (This helps prevent and treat)

Weight loss

To help balance your metabolism and detoxify your body drink water with Lemon and Grapefruit Essential oil.

I hope these tools help you to live and heal naturally.  As always I encourage you to do more research and contact me with any questions you may have.  I recommend reading Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz

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Essential Oils for Labor & Delivery

Having my son was one of the most beautiful moments of my life but also one of the most trying.  Labor and delivery can be stressful, scary, painful, exciting, and amazing all at the same time.  How do we deal with that naturally without side effects of an epidural or synthetic medicine? The use of Essential Oils…they do not mask symptoms but instead work with the body to heal itself.  Ease the stress and anxious feelings , relieve the pain, heal the body…essential oils do all of this.  I will go over essential oil usage during the three stages of labor and a great way to welcome your newborn.

Labor

Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM said “Clary Sage is a uterine tonic that assists with effective contractions.  It can be euphoric and wonderful for relieving anxiety as well.  It calms the nervous system, relieves tension, brings on labor, and helps with expelling afterbirth.  I recommend Clary Sage with Geranium and Lavender.”  Stephanie Fritz is the author of an amazing book called Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies.

It was recommended to me to use Peppermint and/or Balance on the low back and Clary Sage on the abdomen for contractions.

A great way to assist everyone in the delivery room is to diffuse Essential oils.  You want a calming oil and an invigorating oil.  Calming oils would be Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Serenity, or Balance.  Invigorating oils would be Wild Orange, Elevation, or Citrus Bliss.  It may be a good idea to diffuse On Guard as well to kill all any germs in the air.

Labor Stage 1

Balance, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, or Whisper

  • Use 2 drops to 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil and rub on hips, bottoms of the feet, and/or abdomen

  • Take a bath using 2 drops to 2 tsp bath salts

  • Soak a washcloth in 2 drops to 1 cup of warm water mixture. Hold washcloth on abdomen and/or back for as long as desired

Labor Stage 2

Labor pains – use 2 drops Basil to 2 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil rub on temples and/or abdomen

Stress – 2 drops to a bowl of cool water, soak a washcloth and rub on the face.  Use any of the following oils

  • Wild Orange

  • Serenity

  • Citrus Bliss

  • Lavender

Prevent Hyperventilation by inhaling 1-2 drops of Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang, or Breathe.

Labor Stage 3

Massage abdomen until uterus is well contracted and firm with Whisper, Geranium, and Lavender.  5 drops Whisper to 5 drops Geranium to 7 drops Lavender to 2 ½ tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil

Soak a washcloth in warm water with 2 drops of Whisper and rub over abdomen

Welcome Baby!

When using essential oils on Newborns 1 drop is all you need and dilution is usually recommended.

Place 1 drop of Frankincense on baby’s crown of the head and spine for protection and to assist bonding.

Place 1 drop of Myrrh on umbilical cord to help seal tissue (like a liquid band aid) and protect all systems.

Place 1 drop of Balance to the feet to ground and align baby.

Place 1 drop of Melissa on bottoms of the feet for DNA repair

Circumcision – Immortelle, Lavender and Frankincense

Jaundice – Geranium and Lavender or Geranium and Lemon on bottoms of the feet

I have found Essential Oils to have profound effects on myself and my son.  I encourage you to research more, ask questions, and find what helps you to delivery naturally.  If you are interested in purchasing the Essential Oils please contact me or take a look on DoTerra’s Page.  I also encourage you to read Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz.

I will have a post about Essential Oils Postpartum soon, check back!

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Relieve Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life and it is a wonderful journey.  While the experience of growing a baby inside is amazing some of the things that come along with that awesome experience are not so awesome.  All kinds of ailments come with pregnancy and there are issues you may have never experienced before in your life.  With all the ailments there is not much to help while pregnant.  Many options are not safe during pregnancy…But Essential Oils Are!  There are certain oils to avoid and ones you want to dilute and be safe with.  One of the most important things to remember is make sure you only use Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.  I am going to talk about common ailments during pregnancy and what can help.  First I want to tell you which oils are not recommended during pregnancy. Essential Oils not recommended during Pregnancy – Birch, Cassia, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Thyme, Wintergreen  (Based on Doterra Essential Oils, there are other essential oils not recommended but they are not produced by Doterra)

Use these Essential Oils with heavy dilution and caution –Basil, Clary Sage, Fennel, Marjoram, Oregano, DDR Prime, Deep Blue, DigestZen, On Guard, Slim &Sassy, Solace, Zendocrine (Based on Doterra Essential Oils, some of these oils may affect hormones or contractions, research more before use)

Mood Swings, Stress, Feelings of Self Doubt

All of the options below can be diffused in a room, rub on your hands and smell, drop on the bottom of your feet (one drop is usually enough), and rub on wrists or behind the ears.

o   Lavender is considered the Swiss army knife of essential oils.  Lavender is calming, reduces stress and encourages restful sleep

o   Ylang Ylang – Calming, helps with relaxing and stress reduction.  (also helps with crying)

o   Frankincense – aids with feels of self doubt, stress, and anxious feelings

o   Serenity (Calming Blend) – has many of the same affects as lavender.  Serenity has a wonderful scent and would be great for someone who is not fond of the smell of lavender.

o   Balance (Grounding Blend) – aids with anxious feelings, nervousness, promotes tranquility and a sense of balance

Morning Sickness

o   Ginger – Dilute as recommended - can apply behind ears, bottoms of the feet, or down the jaw line.  Diffuse in room or rub on hands and inhale.

o   Peppermint and Lavender – Diffuse in the air, rub on hands and inhale, dilute as recommended especially peppermint and can apply behind ears or bottoms of feet

Indigestion, heartburn

o   Peppermint – aids in digestive functions (dilute as recommended during pregnancy) – Rub on bottoms of feet

o   Digest Zen – Ease stomach and digestion discomfort (do not use every day and use with caution during pregnancy) – Rub on bottoms of feet

o   Ginger – aids with indigestion

o   Blend of 2 drops lemon, 2 drops peppermint, and 3 drops sandalwood diluted in 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil applied to breast bone in a clockwise motion can aid in heartburn relief.

Head or Neck Tension and Back pain

o   Past Tense (Headache Relief Blend) – aids with head or neck tension relief or muscle tension.  Use with moderate dilution, Roll on area of tension or roll on finger then rub onto area.

o   Peppermint – calms head or neck tension, and can also reduces increased body temperature.

o   Deep Blue – (Essential Oil or Rub) – use with caution/heavier dilution – relieves muscle tension, rub on area of tension. ( 3 drops to 1 tsp coconut oil)

o   AromaTouch – Only for topical use, aids with relaxation, muscle aches, and tension.  You can massage on painful area ( 3 drops to 1 tsp coconut oil)

Occasional Sleeplessness

o   Lavender – promotes restful sleep, calming – Diffuse or massage with coconut oil on body

o   Ylang Ylang – Calming and relaxing – Diffuse or massage with coconut oil on body

o   Serenity – Calming, aids with insomnia, relaxing – Diffuse, spray on pillow

Stretchmark Prevention

o   Lavender and Myrrh -  Apply on location - 5-10 drops of either to 1 tsp hazelnut or coconut oil

o   Immortelle Blend – Supports skin at a cellular level, nourishes skin – In a roller bottle, roll on area of concern (check dilution instructions)

Other Ailments

Alleviate puffiness, irritation or redness – Lemon, has antioxidant and antibacterial power and detoxifies. Place a few drops in a glass of water daily.  Use Lemon and Lavender in a roller bottle with coconut oil and roll on areas on swelling (massage towards the heart)

Congestion – Breathe Blend, clears lungs and respiratory congestion.  Rub on chest or diffuse in the air.

Immune Support – Frankincense and On Guard- diffuse either in the air

Essential Oils are amazing healers and all natural!  When pregnant it is nice to have natural options to deal with the not fun parts of pregnancy.  I researched and used my knowledge of essential oils to write this.  I encourage you to continue to research more.  I found a lot of great information in Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz.  I will follow up this post with a post about Essential oils during Labor, Birth, and Postpartum.  If you have any questions fell free to contact me purewellnessessentials@gmail.com

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DIY: Dish Soap

Why not make your own dish soap…Less or no chemicals, just as effective and added bonus homemade dish soap is much gentler on your skin.  You only need four items to make your own dish soap. (Below are affiliate links)

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I used 2 cups of castile soap and 1 cup of water.

15 drops of Lemon Essential oil – for its cleaning/detoxing properties.

And 10 drops of Wild Orange Essential oil – for its uplifting abilities.

Shake up and you have dish soap…Simple, easy, and much safer in your home.  Enjoy!

 

Side Note:  Usually essential oils should not be anywhere near plastic however my dispenser if a hard plastic and it has held up fine with the essential oils.

Side Note 2: I realized after I made my dish soap I did not use a tinted glass bottle, this is important because you do not want the essential oils in direct sunlight.

 

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