Pregnancy, Labor and Aromatherapy.
information given here is not intended to replace medical advice.
Please consult with your doctor before using essential oils, especially
if you are pregnant or nursing.
Lawless' Encyclopedia of Essential Oils lists the following
essentials that should be avoided during pregnancy: ajowan,
angelica, anise star, aniseed, basil, bay laurel, calamintha, cedarwood(all
types), celery seed, cinnamon leaf, citronella, clary sage, clove,
cumin, fennel (sweet), hyssop, juniper, labdanum, lovage, marjoram,
myrrh, nutmeg, parsley, snakeroot, Spanish sage, tarragon and thyme
(white). These oils should be avoided during the first four months
of pregnancy: peppermint, rose and rosemary. Essential oils
should be used in half the recommended amount during pregnancy.
oils can also be very soothing during labor as well as assist
mother nature with the process. Here are some interesting tips that
were published in 1994 by the Nursing Times (1994, Vol 90, 9) in
an article entitled "Using Aromatherapy in Childbirth."
Sage: relieves tension, brings
on labor, helps with expelling afterbirth. Sage stimulates the uterine
muscles ...so only use to encourage labor.
Rose: enhances circulation and is good for labor management
techniques which focus on breathing.
dulls uterine pain, strengthens contractions and promotes birth.
Jasmine has also been known to increase milk supply. Also excellent
when mixed with lavender and a carrier oil such as evening primrose
or almond oil for perineal and cervical massage.
dulls and eases uterine pain but also increases the strength of
Speeds labor and opens cervix.
reduces fear, tension, insomnia, apprehension and anxiety.
antidepressant and softens ligaments for the big push.
this list is for labor..not for the course of the pregnancy!