The closer that Bonnie’s due date gets, the more relaxed I am beginning to feel about her birth. This seems ironic, but much earlier in pregnancy I was consumed with getting our birth plan just right, and making sure everything could be just a certain way. But some of the details that seemed so, incredibly important at one time now seem fairly minute. I want Bonnie to be safe and healthy, and I want the same for myself. Anything else is somewhat negotiable.
That being said, the goal is still to have a natural and as intervention-free-as-possible, birthing experience. This means it will be necessary to manage pain in ways other than having an epidural. One alternative to an epidural is the use of essential oils during labor, delivery, and even postpartum. Although I have a few “go-to” essential oils that I use regularly, until recently I was unaware of how certain essential oils could benefit a laboring mother-to-be. So, I am still learning, but thought I would share with you my findings so far!
Essential Oils for LABOR:
- Peppermint- Use on the tongue, one drop at a time for NAUSEA. You can also dilute peppermint in a water spritzer, spray on a cloth, and place the cloth on your face, forehead, or chest. This is especially effective during the TRANSITION STAGE of labor.
- Peppermint and Orange- Use this blend
as aromatherapy for a BOOST OF ENERGY during labor.
- Jasmine and Clary Sage- This combination helps move labor along if it has STALLED or is MOVING VERY SLOWLY. Use one drop of clary sage on the tongue every 15 minutes or so. Use jasmine externally only, as aromatherapy (DO NOT put it on your tongue.) Clary sage can also help ENCOURAGE DILATION if it has delayed.
- Clary Sage and Myrrh- Place a combination of each on ankle reflex points to help SPEED UP LABOR. (This combination could also HELP INDUCE LABOR. Clary sage is known to reduce pain and increase circulation.)
- Myrrh- Put several drops on a cotton ball and place it under the mother’s pillow if she is experiencing STALLED LABOR. The scent may help speed things up again.
- Washcloth blend to support labor- Swirl the following together in a bowl of cool water, and apply to laboring mother’s neck and face: 10 drops of Jasmine, 5 drops of Chamomile Roman, 5 drops of Geranium, 20 drops of Lavender.
- Frankincense- Rub a few drops on your back or abdomen throughout labor, as needed, to HELP RELIEVE PAIN.
- Some women use lavender on their tummies and/or backs during contractions; however you will want to be careful about using lavender by itself, as its calming effect can actually stall or halt labor. If you are going into labor early, and want it to stop or stall, use lavender generously. Otherwise, use it by itself in moderation only.
- Peppermint is great during labor, but do not use it afterward if you plan on breastfeeding, as it can reduce milk supply.
- Frankincense can also be used after labor to ease pain postpartum.
The fear that I’ve felt over the past several months regarding giving birth has finally been replaced with excitement, and I find myself truly looking forward to the experience, as strange and naive as that may sound. And although a HUGE part of me wishes she would hurry up and GET HERE ALREADY, there is another part of me that cannot believe how quickly the past nine months have passed. In two short weeks (maybe a little more; maybe a little less) we will meet our little girl! GOD IS SO GOOD!!!
I use Young Living oils, exclusively. I have noticed a drastic difference in the quality of YL oils versus drugstore or health store oils that I have used in the past. Plus, they have so many other amazing oil blends and products. I highly recommend them. If you have questions, or would like more info on the oils listed in this post, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I am now a YL distributor, but was NOT a distributor when I wrote this post, or many of my other essential oil posts. I truly just love the products!