Essential oils have been taking the world by storm lately, and for good reason. Essential oils* are a fantastic way to enhance and sustain your health. I also found them to be absolutely vital during the birth of our son. They played a big role in relieving pain and encouraging energy and focus when I was in labor. If you've ever been curious about essential oils and how they might benefit your birthing experience, here are some top oils for labor and delivery.
Lavender is well-known for its relaxing properties. Relaxation is key during labor and plays a big part in how quickly labor advances. Diffusing lavender during labor or inhaling it directly can help mom calm her nerves and save her energy. Plus, it smells amazing.
Peppermint is great for handling any pain during labor. Applying it to the areas that hurt (think back, neck, legs) can bring great relief. Peppermint can relieve nausea in an incredible way. Simply smelling the oil can ward off an upset tummy. The bold coolness of the peppermint oil is a great way to keep mom energized and focused.
Roman chamomile is a great refresher. When put on a cold, wet washcloth and placed on mom’s forehead, it can provide relief and rejuvenation during labor.
Frankincense, when applied to the perineum, can help prevent tearing (who doesn’t want to avoid that?). After birth, applying one drop of frankincense mixed with a carrier oil to the baby’s head can supposedly promote brain development. This was an extremely common practice during biblical times, which is why frankincense was so highly valued.
This one is more for the new little one, but applying myrrh to the umbilical cord site is a great way to advance its healing.
Ylang Ylang and Geranium
The combination of these two oils was a lifesaver for me after birth. Mixing these two oils with coconut oil and applying it to mom’s stomach post-delivery can help tone and tighten the uterus and slow bleeding. This combination also helped my belly skin tighten quickly postpartum.
Have you ever tried essential oils? Have you used them during labor and delivery? Let us know in the comments!
*Please note that I am only referring to pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Quality is extremely important when it comes to essential oils. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil. Also note that I am not a doctor. I'm just a mom who is sharing from her own experience and research. I encourage you to do your own research as well so that you can be confident in the decisions you make for yourself and your baby.