As you may already know, going through natural childbirth takes a whole lot of labor (no pun intended). And it can be even more difficult when everyone around you is telling you how crazy you are for even attempting it. But have you thought about using aromatherapy essential oils to assist in your natural childbirth?
Think of the fulfillment you’ll find knowing that you were able to deliver your baby without an epidural and all the drugs that your doctor might push on you (Note: There may be merit to what your doctor suggests. If you or your child are at risk, we recommend following your doctor’s instructions).
Now that we got that out of the way. There are a number of natural childbirth techniques and tips to help make you more comfortable throughout labor. Everything from pain relief to relaxation techniques, aromatherapy is the perfect potion for helping with your baby delivery.
For techniques in using essential oils throughout pregnancy, read one of our other articles.
Aromatherapy and essential oils for natural childbirth
The use of essential oils, also known as aromatherapy, is highly effective in managing natural childbirth. Whether you’re delivering at the hospital, at a birthing center, or maybe even at home, aromatherapy will help you relax – while easing pain, fatigue, and other discomfort.
Below, we’re going to address a range of labor pains that can be greatly reduced using aromatherapy.
Use Peppermint essential oil topically, in water or run through a diffuser.
Especially effective for back pain, apply the Soothing Blend to your back or other parts of your body. This blend provides soothing, cooling relief to ease pain and discomfort.
Anxiety during labor
Apply topically or diffuse in the room, 2 drops of Lavender, Wild Orange, or the Calming Blend. Feel free to mix and match these oils to optimize your results.
Mix 2 drops of Peppermint or Deep Blue with a Tbs. of Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage into back with pressure.
Focus and calm
Run the Respiratory Blend through a diffuser or keep the bottle on hand for direct inhalation.
Place 2 drops of Wild Orange or the Respiratory Blend on a tissue and inhale to calm your breathing.
Peace and happiness
It’s good to maintain peace and happiness during natural labor. Diffuse 4 to 6 drops of the Calming Blend to improve calmness and happiness.
Add 2 to 3 drops of Lavender to a bowl of warm water. Dip a washcloth into the bowl and wipe sweat off your body. This will also help with stress and anxiety.
You can see, there are a number of aromatherapy uses for going through natural labor. Childbirth is difficult enough as it is. So why not ease your pain and uneasiness in a 100% organic way?
Keep in mind, you want to be careful when using aromatherapy during childbirth. Not because essential oils, in general, are harmful to the mom and baby. If you’re using a trusted brand, that’s not a concern. But some essential oil manufacturers do not follow strict natural guidelines when distilling their oils, and therefore may not be healthy for the baby.
That’s why we only use 100% pure therapeutic grade products. After all, the last thing you want is to negatively impact the health of you or your beautiful newborn baby.
To round it off, we want to congratulate you on choosing a natural childbirth. It’s certainly not easy. And many around you are probably telling you it’s not possible. But with the right mindset and tools, you can overcome the odds!