Pregnancy is a time to bloom, there are so many changes to embrace and new things to learn! The female body is a complex machine and with possibly only a few days left of my own pregnancy I have found it astounding what our bodies can naturally do…..nothing short of amazing!
I have been incredibly lucky during my pregnancy and have enjoyed the whole experience. I know this is not the case for everyone so I really don’t mean to sound like a smarmy kn*bhead. Throughout my pregnancy I have found essential oils incredibly useful especially for back ache and tiredness. They offer great natural remedy to many well know ‘pregnancy issues’ and are therapeutic for both you and your growing baby. Below are a few blends which I hope you can also find useful!
Back Rub Blend
This can be a real treat for your partner/friend to massage into your back to alleviate physical problems and to also lift the spirits. Mix the following essential oils with a carrier oil such as sweet almond, grapeseed or coconut.
- Chamomile Roman/German
Use 6 drops of each essential oil per 30ml (2 tablespoons) of carrier oil and enjoy!
Varicose Vein (and ahem haemorrhoid) Reliever
If you are experiencing varicose veins it is best to keep your legs up as often as possible to help with blood flow. Use the following oil blend by stroking gently up the leg from ankle to thigh.
- Geranium 15 drops
- Cypress 5 drops
Dilute the essential oils in 30ml of your choice of carrier oil. Geranium and Cypress are fantastic at encouraging blood circulation which is compromised in your legs due to the extra blood pressure caused by pregnancy. For haemorrhoids, you can mix with witch hazel and apply to the swollen with a warm compress i.e. muslin cloth or cotton pad.
Fatigue Buster Blend
Fatigue can hit you at any point during pregnancy and completely take it out of you, I swear even your eye lashes can feel tired! This remedy is the perfect pick me up. Great to use after birth too, I’ve heard a rumour new parents get tired…..
For a body oil use 10 drops of each essential oil in 30ml of carrier oil. I have been using this blend in my vaporiser and I love it!
I should stress that it is best not to use essential oils in your first trimester and if you have any history of miscarriage or any other high risk factors. You can check with your midwife/GP if you have any concerns. Essential oils, also should never be used on the skin undiluted.
If anybody has any issues/concerns they would like to be addressed with essential oils, let me know and I would love to help you!