High quality essential oils are beneficial to our overall health and wellness- mind, body and spirit. One of the most popular essential oils today is Lavender. It’s so popular because it has a very pleasant smell, it’s inexpensive and is one of the safest oils to use. It is considered safe to use during pregnancy*, labor, delivery and post-partum. The main prosperities and effects of this oil include, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, healing, soothing, relaxing and many more.
Lavender oil can be used in a warm bath or in a massage oil. It a wonderful tool to use to help you to relax both mentally and physically. It can encourage a restful sleep. For this reason, I place a drop on each foot and massage it in to the soles of my feet every night before bed.
*Many mothers use this oil on their babies to help them to relax and to soothe colic.
*Many sources recommend avoiding essential oil use in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Pregnancy Massage Oil
I’ve talked about the benefits of coconut oil. You can take it up a notch and super charge your coconut oil by adding a few drops of essential oil.
Anti-Stretch Mark Oil (From Aromatherapy for Mother and Baby by Allison England)
To 4 tablespoons of almond oil and 1 tablespoon of avocado oil, add either 7 drops of lavender.
*You could use 5 tablespoons of coconut oil instead if you prefer.
For more information about aromatherapy, essential oils and their uses and benefits during pregnancy, check out these sites:
Essential Oils to avoid during pregnancy
More uses for Lavender Essential Oil
More on Lavender oil and stretch marks
*Not all essential oils are created equal. I recommend buying from a trusted company offering high quality essential oils. Doterra, Young Living and NYR Organic are 3 trusted sources.