Essential Oils & Motherhood
I kid you not, I had to leave my big box of doTERRA essential oils in St. Thomas after the storm. We left with one suitcase and one carry on – mostly baby stuff. It's kind of sad... But until then, I LOVED using essential oils with my kids.
Important note: when you're using essential oils with your children, it's best to dilute it with a carrier oil. Do not use essential oils on premature babies or newborn infants because their skin may still be very thin and sensitive.
Be sure to be careful with the brands that you choose. I prefer doTERRA for its potency & purity. If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
1. For sleep
Yes, every mother wants it, but very few know what it feels like to sleep 8 hours straight. I have no clue what that must be like and my boys are now 6 months old. Everyone knows that lavender is great for sleep. I personally splash a little on the crib sheets before bedtime. I could put it in carrier oil and lather it on their skin, but I prefer to dilute it in their bubble bath with a bath gel base before bed. I even throw it on my sheets to help myself relax and rest.
2. For congestion
I love diffusing peppermint all the time, but especially when my baby boys are congested I choose to diffuse or apply eucalyptus, peppermint, doTERRA Breathe, and citrus oils.
3. For baby blues or to add a little pep around the house!
I personally LOVE the smells of citrus oils and I love to diffuse a mix of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime. It gives such a happy vibe to the room and gives me so much energy.
4. For cleaning
Lemon, lemon, lemon. Have you ever noticed how so many cleaning products are either lemon scented or have lemon in them? Stains, dishes, furniture polish, laundry, wiping down the walls (definitely something you do when you have kids!), on the carpet, in the bathroom, in the kitchen, wiping down wooden cribs... It's like the go to for cleaning!
5. For a newborn
I read once to apply 1 drop of frankincense on baby's forehead, 1 drop of myrrh on baby's umbilical cord/navel, and 1 drop of doTERRA Balance on the feet and the spine.
6. For sore breasts
Lavender is great for soothing, obviously in a carrier oil, I suggest coconut oil but you want to be careful that you're not applying too much to the breasts because your breastfeeding baby is getting a little bit of everything you put on your skin and in your mouth – always remember that! Roman chamomile is said to be great for sore nipples BUT I personally preferred using my own milk as a moisturizer.
7. For delivery
I didn't use any essential oils during delivery, so there's nothing I suggest using. I hear great things about diffusing oils and applying oils in preparation to avoid an episiotomy, etc., but I just told my doctor that I didn't want an episiotomy or pitocin and I had a miraculous birth! Everyone is different, but personally for delivery I couldn't imagine having sat there preparing my diffuser while in labor?
Now, on the other hand, clary sage is the BOMB.COM when it comes to menstrual cramps. I ran through a whole roller ball of Clary Calm every menstrual cycle. It was the relief I never got from Tylenol or Midol and I think every teenage girl with painful menstrual cramps should have Clary Calm. However, I didn't feel comfortable applying Clary Calm directly to my pregnant belly, though I did purchase a new roller ball in anticipation of my first postpartum menstrual cycle :p
8. For lactation
Clary Calm, again. It's the women's blend for a reason.
9. For tummy aches
This also works for morning sickness and is probably pretty obvious: ginger, peppermint, and lemon. You can apply all three topically and you can ingest ginger in a capsule. Move over, gingerale! My mom always makes me fresh ginger, peppermint, or lemon tea when I'm sick, but essential oils are so much more potent.
10. For stretch marks
I didn't use essential oils on my belly to prevent or treat stretch marks so I don't feel comfortable suggesting any of that. I personally used Bio Oil, an amazing coconut milk cream, and rose hip oil. If you're interested in hearing more about my stretch mark prevention, let me know and I'll write about it in a separate post for you.