Monday, 6 August 2012

Essential Oils

If you've followed my blog for a while - or not - you may know that I facilitate a Trust Birth group.  Last month, we had a guest speaker come in to discuss essential oils, and apparently, that was a no-no.  I sure did think it would fall under the category of "alternative therapies", which is approved, but the fact that it was a representative from a specific company was a problem.  Out of respect to the founder of Trust Birth, I have removed it from our blog, but still feel that it is useful information.  Therefore I am posting it here, on my blog, with the disclaimer that Trust Birth does not support any one brand of any product, and also does not approve of any manipulation of the birth process (perineal massage, etc.).

At our July meeting, we had the honor of welcoming Sally Beredo, a doTERRA Independent Consultant, to speak with us about the uses of Essential Oils for Maternity. Much of the information given that night was a basic introduction to essential oils, what they are, the different types, and the basics of how to use them. Sally offered to set up a more informative maternity session with the help of another consultant, Shyanne, who came in to help teach the class from Utah. Many thanks to both Sally and Shyanne, who gave their time and talents to hold such an informative class for anyone interested in essential oils and their benefits.

For those who were unable to make the meeting or the class in Arlington, we sure did miss you, and hope that this information is helpful when you are looking to use essential oils for the pregnant, postpartum or nursing mama. If you would like more in depth information, look for contact info for our wonderful presenters below. They would be happy to speak with you more about any of the information here and would also be happy to assist you in getting the oils you need.


What is an Essential Oil?
  Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in plants and are drawn from the plants by methods of steam distillation or cold pressed extraction. Essential oils provide powerful, safe benefits without any side effects.

Grades of Essential Oils
  When looking to use essential oils for health benefits, be sure to watch out for the 'grade' of the EO. SYNTHETIC grade EO's are only for use as perfumes and to 'smell good'. FOOD grade EO's must be held to GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) standards, but will usually say 'not for internal use' on the bottle. THERAPEUTIC grade EO's are more commonly used for health benefits, but many will still stay 'not for internal use' on the bottles, and are generally used by diffusion or diluting and rubbing on the skin. doTERRA's oils are CPTG, or Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, oils and have supplement facts on the bottle to show they are safe for internal use.

How to use Essential Oils
  Aromatic - You can diffuse EO's into a room either with an electric diffuser that sends a continuous mist of the EO into the air, or by placing some on your hands then cupping and inhaling, bath salts, or cotton wick.

  Topical - You can also apply EO's directly to the skin for systemic or localized effects. Some topical application methods include massage and reflexology. These methods provide immediate comfort and immune support.

  Internal - Some EO's are able to be consumed as a dietary supplement for targeted wellness of the digestive system, mouth and throat, liver and urinary tract.

General Essential Oil Safety
  Essential oils are very safe and gentle with few side effects. However, you do want to try and be sure to keep out of the eyes, ears and nose. Skin sensitivity is the primary safety issue, so be sure to follow all label directions for safest use. Some oils require dilution before use, but be sure to use other oils, not water.

*PLEASE NOTE: There are 2 oils that are not meant for routine maternity use. The first being Clary Sage. Clary Sage can induce labor and is NOT meant to be used before labor begins. Also, the use of Peppermint oil in late pregnancy can reduce lactation, and therefore should not be used once a woman is full term.*


Nausea and Indigestion
  Apply 3-5 drops of Peppermint, Ginger, Fennel or DigestZen Blend on abdomen. For some, just open the bottle and smell for relief or just put a small amount under your nose.

Morning Sickness
  Lavender, Sandalwood and Ginger into FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil) and massage abdomen. OR Put 3-5 drops of Fennel, Ginger, or Peppermint into a capsule and swallow. Ginger and Lemon, 1-2 drops each, mix in water with honey or stevia for nausea.

Heartburn and Acid Reflux
  Apply a couple drops of Peppermint, DigestZen Blend, or Wild Orange on ears or in mouth.

  Geranium, Cypress, or Lavender oils diluted in FCO then applied to hemorrhoid.

Stretch Marks
  Apply Lavender and Myrrh or Immortelle diluted in FCO to stretch marks.

Leg Cramps
  Soak feet in a warm bath with 5 drops Geranium, 10 drops Lavender and 2 drops Cypress.

Swelling and Water Retention
  Apply 3-5 drops of Lavender and Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit or Cypress diluted in FCO and massage into hands, feet and ankles. For internal remedy, try 3-5 drops of Grapefruit, Lemon and/or Lime into every glass of water you drink (between 3-4 qts a day). Elevate your legs 3 inches above the heart.


- Balance - Apply to feet to help instill confidence throughout the labor process.
- Serenity or Elevation blends - Reduces anxiety and promotes calm. Gives energy and stimulates circulation.
- Deep Blue, PastTense, Peppermint or White Fir - Helps ease pain from back labor

Recipe once labor has started:
15 drops carrier oil plus:
5 drops Ylang Ylang
4 drops Helichrysum
2 drops DigestZen
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Clary Sage

Massage on the inside of ankles, lower stomach and low back for nausea and muscle pain.

Perineal Support
  Geranium and Lavender in 1 oz of FCO for 3-6 weeks prior to due date to be used for perineal massage.

Recipe for Crowning
  20 drops Helichrysum with 2 Tbsp FCO and apply all over perineum. Helps to stretch tissue while minimizing swelling and avoiding tears. Also helps prevent bruising on baby's head.


Frankincense on the crown of head and spine.
Myrrh on umbilical cord to help seal tissue and protect all systems of the body.
Balance on feet to ground and align babe.
Melissa on bottoms of feet.


White Fir and Lavender on tummy for after pains.
Immortelle Blend, 20-30 drops in empty 15ml spray bottle, fill rest with FCO, and use as a Peri Spray. May be used on circumcisions as well.
Balance on feet morning and evening for grounding.
Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang. Diffuse 2-3 drops of each to promote peace and calm.


Lemon, Vetiver, Balance Blend, Elevation Blend

Blend 1
1 drop  Lavender
3 drops Grapefruit
1 drop Ylang Ylang

Blend 2
1 drop Bergamont
1 drop Grapefruit
1 drop Clary Sage
1 drop Wild Orange
3 drops Frankincense


Relief from dry, cracked nipples
  Dilute 1:1 drops of Myrrh, Geranium or Sandalwood with FCO and apply to nipples.

  Melaleuca, Thyme, Clove, Rosemary or Wild Orange and Lavender. Massage into breast and lymph nodes under the armpit.

Increase Milk Flow
  2-3 times a day, massage either Fennel, Basil, Geranium or Clary Sage into breast tissue or in capsule, but AVOID the nipple.

Decrease  Milk Supply
  2-3 drops of Peppermint, 3-5 times a day.


Overall Wellbeing
  Frankincense on back. Balance on feet everyday to balance all body systems.

  Geranium and Lemon on feet to help support the liver in breaking up bilirubin.

Colic or Tummy Aches
  DigestZen or Fennel on tummy, 1:1 ratio with FCO if needed.

Diaper Rash
  Sandalwood or Myrrh diluted in FCO, then lightly coat affected area. May also use Immortelle, Lavender, Helichrysum or Melaleuca.

If you would like to learn more about Essential Oils and their uses, whether in maternity or just for general health, please be sure to contact Sally Beredo at You can also purchase any of these oils from her site at

1 comment:

Teresa said...

really Essential Oils help in many ways to improve health and this post is really good explanation about the same.