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oils for
pregnancy, BIRTH + beyond

If you've found your way to this page, you're likely exploring how doTERRA oils and products can enhance a healthy lifestyle for your little ones (or you're simply intrigued by their potential benefits!)

 

You might feel a bit hesitant about using oils on your children or unsure about their safety for younger ones.

 

As a user of essential oils and a mother to two wonderful kids, I can assure you that doTERRA's products can be valuable + powerful tools.

 

In our home, we incorporate them into our daily routine. By handling these products with care and common sense, you can safely enjoy all the advantages they offer.

 

Let this space be a source of guidance that empowers you to harness the healing properties of natural remedies for your overall health and wellness.

Guidance from Doula, Holly Lo, on using oils in the delivery room

Learn from Registered Nurse, Sarah Vansteenkiste, how she uses essential oils in her home with her 5 children!

Guidance from Midwife + Author, Stephanie Fritz on using oils through pregnancy

Listen to Everest's story about his struggle with focusing in school.

Here is a great collection of blogs written by doTERRA

pregnancy, BIRTH + POSTPARTUM

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Helpful tips + remedies from midwife, Stephanie Fritz

She has a wonderful book 'Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth + Beyond'

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and a helpful Facebook Page

PREGNANCY:

Nausea and Indigestion 

Ginger and Cardamom come from the same family.

They block the receptor pathways of nausea and are a great choice to apply around ears, back of the neck, or even just inhale.

ZenGest helps to alleviate nausea. Inhale or put 3-5 drops in a capsule and swallow with water.

Magnesium deficiency is often a contributor to severe nausea.

Protein just before bed may also be helpful.

Stretch Marks 

Salubelle is the perfect combination of essential oils and comes ready to use in a 10 mL roller bottle!

Apply to tummy morning and evening 

Pregnancy Exhaustion 

Growing humans is a superpower, so I love the way these oils can give the perfect pick-me-up!

Grapefruit, Lemon, Wild Orange, and/or Peppermint – pick one, two or more!

Just add a drop in your palms, rub your hands together, cup over your face and inhale deeply.

You can also put a few drops in your diffuser. 

Happy Ankles 

Combine Lemon, Grapefruit, Cypress, and AromaTouch with Fractionated Coconut Oil, and massage into hands, feet, and ankles.

BIRTH:

Peppermint, when inhaled, can help with nausea brought on by discomfort in labor. It may help turn a breech baby.

Apply with Fractionated Coconut Oil from hip to hip up and over the abdomen in a rainbow fashion.

Apply Myrrh to lower abdomen, where baby’s head should be. 

Wild Orange and Balance make an excellent delivery-diffusing blend.

This is an exceptional emotional support blend, especially when you think you can’t go any longer.

Add a couple drops of Peppermint when you need uplifting energy. 

Balance helps balance electrical energies in the body, giving feelings of courage, confidence, and strength.

Wild Orange helps reduce feelings of anxiousness.

Peppermint supports energy levels and nausea-related discomfort.

Helichrysum and Fractionated Coconut Oil help to create a lubricant oil for crowning.

When mixed with Fractionated Coconut Oil and applied topically to the perennial area, it helps to stretch and support while minimising extra stress on tissues. It also helps support molding of baby’s head. 

When you think there is nothing left to give, Motivate Touch and Wild Orange may be the perfect oils to give you the final burst of energy you need to push your sweet baby out 

Reflexology Points:

Precautions ~ The following pressure points should not be accessed before you reach your 40th week.

Always check with your doctor or midwife before doing anything to stimulate contractions. Pressure points may feel tender, but it should not hurt you. If you feel pain, reduce pressure and make sure you have the right spot! If a contraction starts, stop the pressure and wait until the contraction ends. Then you can apply pressure again.

Thumb Point: Press firmly on the center of your thumb for a few minutes, then switch to the other thumb. This is one of the most effective points used in reflexology for inducing labor. It stimulates the pituitary gland to release oxytocin, one of the main hormones that causes the uterus to contract.

Arch of Foot: This point is located inside the arch of the foot, just in front of the heel. Apply firm pressure, but not so hard that it causes pain. This point is also very helpful in relieving intense pain during childbirth. Inside

 

Heel: Apply pressure to the point just inside the heel of the foot, aligned with your ankle. If it feels tender you've found the right spot.Between Toes: Apply pressure one finger's-length below the point between the big toe and the second toe. This point will also be tender when you tind it.

Acupressure Points:

 

Webbing between your thumb and forefinger: Press or massage the top of this webbing. This point affects the large intestine which surrounds a portion of the uterus, stimulating contractions.

Shoulder muscle: Press and massage the highest point of your shoulder muscle. Inside ankle. Find the point four finger's-width above the inside of your ankle. Apply pressure; it helps ripen the cervix and strengthen weak contractions.

 

Outside ankle: To help the baby descend toward the pelvis, put pressure on the point between your ankle bone (outer ankle) and Achilles tendon (which runs up the back of your leg)

Lower back: This point is actually located one finger's-width above your buttocks crease. Feel for a small indentation and massage for a minute.

Roof of Mouth: Using your tongue, press on the roof of your mouth with your tongue as far back as you can. This is a handy one you can use as you go about your daily routine.

From Robert Tisserand:

New research confirms that Lavender oil helps in labor pain.

A recently published study investigated the effect of Lavender inhalation on the severity of labor pain and duration of labor. The Lavender group inhaled diluted essential oil for three minutes at three different labor stages, and experienced a significant drop in pain levels. For example 9.6 to 7.6 at 9-10 cm dilation after the intervention. There was no effect on the duration of labor, suggesting that Lavender oil does not affect labor progression.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27863615

 

This is consistent with the findings of a 2000 study by Ethel Burns et al, where 344 mother used Lavender oil during childbirth and 54% reported reduced pain levels, though these were not graded. No adverse effects were reported.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11033651

A 2014 study in Tehran used Orange flower hydrosol (control group used saline). In the control group, pain increased from 7.5 (minimal dilation) to 9.5 (8-10 cm dilation) while in the aromatherapy group the increase in pain rating was marginal - from 7.4 to 7.6.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4177623/pdf/ijpr-13-1011.pdf

POSTPARTUM

Postpartum Blend - Immortelle is a perfect balance of all the right essential oils to help through postpartum.

Add ½ of a roller bottle of Immortelle to a 15 mL spray top bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil or witch hazel.

Use on the perineum after birth to soothe and help with postpartum recovery. This is also a great blend for cesarean scars. Apply twice a day. 

Postpartum Pains: 

10 ClaryCalm 

8 Siberian Fir 

8 Copaiba 

5 Lavender 

Combine oils in 10 mL roller bottle and fill to top with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Apply as often as needed to the lower abdomen to help with immediate recovery and discomfort of after cramps.

Hemorrhoids:

Cypress, Geranium, Clary Sage, Helichrysum- 1-2 drops of each in a spray bottle base of Fractionated oil for Hemorrhoids. Apply each time you use the restroom.

Nipple Soreness:

Helichrysum & Lavender for breastfeeding soreness (brings healing and elasticity- cut down soreness to 2 days vs. 10-14 days)

Dry or cracked nipples:

Mix 5 drops of any of these oils (geranium, myrth, sandlewood or balance) with 1 tosp carier oil. Clean oils off before nursing.

Engorgement:

Add 2 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of geranium to one cup hot or cold water. Soak a washcloth in the solution, wring out and apply washcloth to breasts. After try to gently express some milk.

Increase Milk Supply:

Mix 5-7 drops of any of these oils (fennel, basil, clary sage or geranium) with 1 tbsp carrier oil. Massage breasts, lymph area above breasts and upper back along the spine. Repeat daily for up to 10 days. Wash the oil off the nipple area before nursing. Also you can mix 2 drops fennel oil with 1 tsp. of honey and swallow. Follow this with a glass of water. Repeat 3-5 times daily for up to 3 days.

Decrease Milk Supply:

Mix 3-4 drops of peppermint with 1 cup of cold Water. Soak washcloth in the mixture, wring it out and apply to breasts. Was the nipple off before nursing

 

Perineal Healing:

Mix 2 drops of cypress and 2 drops of lavender with 6 tsp of bath salts. Add to warm sitz bath and soak for 10-15 min. Repeat up to 3x a day.

 

Yeast infection:

avoid and kill-Melaleuca in the squirt bottle when urinating. Mix with Fractionated coconut oil for Diaper rash.

 

Post partum Depression:

Disperse 5-7 drops of essential oils in the diffuser 3x a day (either citrus bliss, elevation, clary sage or bergamot). Mix 6 drops of either orange, geranium, elevation or frankincense with 1 tbsp of carrier oil and massage neck, shoulders and feet. Repeat up to 3 times daily.

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