"Birth Kit Essentials" was written and originally published on by Aromatools on their blog, https://blog.aromatools.com/ (July 6, 2015 )
During the Week of Wellness at AromaTools™, Stephanie Pearson came to teach a class on using essential oils during pregnancy and labor as well as using oils to help care for yourself and your baby afterward.
Stephanie Pearson has worked with herbal medicine for over 25 years and is a clinical herbalist, functional nutritionist, and clinical aromatherapist master, in process. She created an e-course, Essential Oils for the Birth Kit, that is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and unbiased five-hour course on using essential oil therapy during each phase of pregnancy and in infant care.
General Safety Guidelines for Essential Oil Use During Pregnancy“ The most confusing part about using essential oils during pregnancy is trying to figure out what is safe to use and what isn’t,” Stephanie explains. One major issue is that it isn’t ethical to do research on pregnant women, so there just aren’t many studies on the subject. Because of this issue and a couple others, there isn’t a definitive list for safe essential oils. So, Stephanie suggests you follow these four guidelines:
Stephanie recommends using the French dilution equivalents, since the French have been using essential oils for therapeutic use for quite a while. The best application of essential oils during pregnancy is to dilute the oil in a carrier oil and apply it topically or aromatically. When first starting out, Stephanie suggests using the greatest dilution (1%) and working your way to more as needed. If it doesn’t seem to be working, use a higher concentration the next time.
Some general safety guidelines Stephanie recommends include the following:
General Safety Guidelines for Infant Care when using essential oils on infants, Stephanie suggests following these guidelines:
An essential oil formula that Stephanie uses for colic, teething, respiratory issues, diaper rashes, fussiness, sleeping, etc. for the baby is 1 drop Roman chamomile and 1 drop lavender mixed with 2 Tbsp. carrier oil. She suggests rubbing this on the bottoms of the baby’s feet or on their chest during a diaper change.
Tips and Blends from Stephanie
Stephanie shared various tips and essential oil blends that she uses for specific prenatal conditions. We would like to share some of them with you!
STRETCH MARK BLEND:5 Tbsp. sweet almond oil
1.5 Tbsp. macerated carrot oil
8 drops each: frankincense, lavender, patchouli, lemongrass
Apply twice daily.
PERINEUM CARE BLEND:6.5 Tbsp. fractionated coconut oil
10 drops each: frankincense, lavender, helichrysum
Apply to perineum twice daily.
EDEMA FOOT BATHA bowl of hot water
1 tsp. dissolved salt
1 drop cypress
1–2 drops lemon, grapefruit, or orange
Soak feet for 10–15 minutes.
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Stephanie Pearson 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.