Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Safety in Pregnancy and Birth
Using aromatherapy safely in pregnancy
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses highly concentrated essential oils extracted from the seeds, leaves and bark of plants and flowers for their therapeutic benefits. The oils contain chemicals giving them different properties, some oils are uplifting, whilst others are relaxing or have sleep inducing qualities. Other oils have pain relieving qualities or can help reduce inflammation. Essential oils are powerful but only certain oils are safe to use and are used at a specific dilution during pregnancy and during birth.
There are are a range of pregnancy related conditions that aromatherapy is very beneficial for from alleviating stress and sleep disorders to muscular aches and pain, cystitis and swelling. Aromatherapy is wonderful for labour! From alleviating anxiety and nausea, to easing muscular aches and pains. Certain oils help strengthen uterine contractions and may help avoid intervention if your labour slows. A study by Ethel Burns and colleagues of over 8000 women using aromatherapy during labour in a busy UK teaching hospital can be found by clicking the link. There are also an array of benefits postnatally such as alleviating discomfort from tears to emotional well being in the new mother.
If you are interested in using aromatherapy, then it is recommended that you see a qualified aromatherapist for pregnancy, both for the safety and quality of essential oils used. You may like to download the pdf from Denise Tiran on using aromatherapy in pregnancy and birth.
Quality Essential Oils
When purchasing oils or blends, its important to buy quality, therapeutic grade essential oils and blends that are sold in dark bottles. If they are in clear bottles, then they most likely have an added preservative!
A personalised unique aromatherapy blend can be purchased when booking one of our other services. Or try one of our hand made unique products perfect for your birthing bag when available. Mum's (and the Maternity Unit Staff) love my hand made Ali Bee Lip Balm. A wonderfully nourishing balm that contains peppermint essential oil, perfect for nausea in early pregnancy and for your birthing bag, whether you are planning a vaginal or cesarean birth!
Bespoke aromatherapy blends for pregnancy and birth
A handmade natural and nourishing lip balm, perfect for labour