Pregnancy is an awesome blessing, and mothering is an awesome journey. And sometimes, well, it's a challenging journey. Essential Oils have long been trusted to bring balance and even healing in safe, natural ways. These time-tested and trusted oils can also benefit pregnant moms, new moms, and even our babies.
I've been hearing a lot about essential oils lately and we've been using a few oils consistently in our house (tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint). That was enough to make me want to look into how oils can be used specifically during pregnancy and while mothering our little ones (and not-so-little ones).
Handling Pregnancy Discomforts
I've used peppermint essential oil during my last two pregnancies to head off morning sickness. I'll admit, I totally stumbled on this solution by accident because I love the smell of peppermint.
I put a few drops of oil on an old bandana and carried it around in my pocket or purse.
When an offending smell threatened (and if you've been pregnant, you know they're everywhere) I pulled out my bandana and hid for a minute behind a soft wall of refreshing peppermint. Okay, so a few times I held it over my mouth while desperately running in the other direction, but we won't dwell on that.
I've since found out that a drop or two of peppermint oil taken internally really has been proven to help with morning sickness. And the work of essential oils in pregnancy doesn't stop there.
Oils can be used safely to address many issues:
- Helping you sleep
- Calming an irritable uterus
- Stopping headaches
- Lessening stretch marks
- Soothing out the aches and pains of pregnancy
- and many more
Oils are safe to use during pregnancy, but a no-nonsense guide is essential to have along with your essential oil kit. The Essential Oilers Handbook has an entire section covering pregnancy and birth – as well as comprehensive instructions for newbies and “accidental oilers” like me 😉
Finding Balance While Mothering
Mothering my children is one of the most rewarding – and most challenging – things I have ever done. Going through seasons of pregnancy, sleepless nights, and the hormonal ups and downs of both yourself and your children can bring personal growth so intense it's painful. Essential oils offer support at times like these.
This is why I actually pulled out The Essential Oiler's Handbook. Things have been really stressful for me lately, but as a mother I want to have a peaceful, joyful spirit. And I really want to set a great example for my kids.
I already have a great diet and get moderate exercise, so using the gentle, natural effects of essential oils for emotional support is a perfect fit.
My old favorite, peppermint, is a great helper for invigorating me on the days I'm dragging. It's not the only one to help, though. Oils like white angelica, and oil blends like Valor and Harmony, can help when fear and anxiety threaten to overwhelm you. Oils can even help if you struggle with depression.
5 minutes to rub on your chosen oils (and say a prayer) can become an effective time of refreshment. It's simple but effective, and energizes you to be the mom you want to be.
So Much More
Essential oils bring so many benefits and can be used safely during pregnancy, while birthing, and while mothering your little one. While I recommend that you nuzzle your face into your newborn's head and let his or her scent be your inspiration, essential oils are gentle and effective remedies for older babies and children.
You can use oils for first aid, in your kitchen, and even with your pets! Again, a comprehensive reference guide is your friend as you build your essential oil kit and discover all the healing and enhancing properties of these natural helpers.
I'm currently loving The Essential Oiler's Handbook, a full manual compiled by experts on using oils. Each section is written by an author with expertise in his or her area, so you know you're getting great advice no matter what situation arises in your life!