With so much interest in essential oils recently, it is not surprising that more and more oils are showing up in the labor room. The practice of using essential oils is an incredibly potent and safe natural health modality that can make a profound addition to any mom-to-be, doula, or midwife's birth bag. Knowing how to adapt general use for use in labor is simple with the right tools. Enjoy the blends below for general care in healthy, normal labors. See a list of my favorite oils for labor.
LABOR MASSAGE BLEND
This blend smells amazing and can be helpful for labor pain with accompanying fear and feelings of anxiousness. In a glass jar, combine 1 tablespoon of apricot kernel oil or another carrier oil, 1 drop of peppermint, 2 drops of ylang ylang, 2 drops of clary sage, 1 drop of lavender, 2 drops of helichrysum, and 1 drop of marjoram and use for a relaxing and invigorating massage during early or active labor.
A powerful and grounding blend that supports laboring mothers during transition is the simple combination of peppermint and frankincense. This blend can be added to a diffuser or simply shaken onto a handkerchief for inhalation. This energizing blend brings us into the present moment and helps us to face the situation at hand without letting emotions or fear overcome us. It also makes a good alternative to caffiene for fatigued care-takers who need to be alert during the wee hours!
PERINEUM SUPPORT BLEND
Combine one ounce of olive oil with eight drops of frankincense, eight drops of helichrysum, and four drops of lavender and apply topically to the perineum during stage two labor to support tissue elasticity and cell regeneration. Moms and birth professionals alike report fewer or no tears after integrating these essential oils into their perineum care. As with all of your essential oil blends intended for use in labor, make ahead and store in tight-fitting, glass containers away from light until they are needed.
TIPS FOR STOCKING YOUR BIRTH BAG
Daily Nectar Essentials offers free access to an online community forum, webinars, and a five-hour e-course on essential oil use during maternity, postpartum, and infant care, with wholesale doTERRA orders.
These recommendations are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace the
advise of a medical practitioner.
Stephanie McBride is a published writer and certified clinical herbalist who has worked with herbal medicine for over 20 years. She has been in practice as a functional nutritionist and essential oil educator for Daily Nectar since 2009.