The last week or so have been filled with two major items on my third trimester agenda – essential oils and freezer food. More to come on the freezer food later (prep for when the baby arrives), but right now I’d like to discuss some of the essential oil remedies I have found for the third trimester.
This pregnancy has been taken from as natural a stand-point as possible. Our insurance would only cover the partial cost of a midwife, so we went with an OB instead, but one who was mindful of our vegan lifestyle and would be able to assist me with any dietary hardships I would face. I haven’t taken any medication, not even for my chondritis, and all of my qualms have been remedied with essential oils. Its important to us that our baby is born as naturally as possible – no meds, as few monitors as possible, and that precious hour after its birth to be held in private – the tests and blood draws can wait until we have had time to bond. So far, everything has gone accordingly, though I know that plans don’t usually work out the way we want them to. Until we face a hiccup though, I am determined to get through the third trimester aches and strains armed with a drawer of essential oils and iron will. (And maybe the electric heating pad for my back…)
There is SO MUCH good literature out there for essential oils use during pregnancy – I would write down everything I’ve read these past 7 months, but to be honest, I have lost track. I have, however, kept a running tab of the essential oil fixes that work and those that seemed to have either a delayed effect or didn’t work at all. If it can save somebody out there some time doing the research then it feels a tad bit more worth it.
Here is a list of essential oils I have on hand and what is needed for the recipes listed below. Most are in a reasonable price range ($6-15 per bottle) and one or two are over $30. Beside each essential oil I have listed the possible replacements that can be used and have also noted if there is no good replacement.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR 3RD TRIMESTER:
Lavender (Can be substituted with Bergamont or Chamomile)
Marjoram (Should not substitute in the recipes below)
Ylang ylang (Shouldn’t replace in the recipes below)
Cypress (Cedarwood is a good substitute)
Helichrysum (Should not be replaced in the recipes below)
White Fir (Can be replaced with Spruce, Pine, Cedarwood or Juniper in the recipes below)
Geranium (Lavender can be a good replacement)
Clary Sage (Can be substituted with equal parts of Nutmeg and Sage)
Frankincense (Rose can be substituted here)
Peppermint (Spearmint or Menthol can be used)
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR 3RD TRIMESTER:
**Use a carrier oil such as almond, coconut, jojoba, or hemp seed oil to dilute the essential oils in all recipes below that are rubbed onto the skin.**
For Sore Muscles: Equal parts of marjoram and lavender. Rub on the affected area.
For Stretch Marks: 10 drops frankincense, 5 drops lavender. Rub on tummy each night.
For Leg Cramps: Add 5 drops geranium, 10 drops lavender, and 2 drops cypress to warm water and soak feet for 10-15 minutes as needed.
For Anxiety: 5 drops lavender, 3 drops ylang ylang. Add these to a warm bath and take a soak. You may also put 5 drops of lavender into a diffuser or combine a carrier oil with 1-4 drops of lavender and apply to your wrists and the back of the neck/shoulder area.
For Insomnia: 5 drops of lavender. Rub onto the bottoms of the feet. You can also make a spray found here, that can be sprayed on your pillow each night, or diffuse 5 drops of lavender in a diffuser about half an hour before you go to bed.
For Fatigue: 1 drop peppermint, 4 drops white fir. Apply to your temples (Be sure to not get too close your eyes!), back of the neck and shoulders. You can also add peppermint and white Fir (same ratio as before) to a diffuser.
For Chest Congestion and Cough: Apply 3 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops frankincense to the chest (like you would with Vicks Vapor Rub). Do this as often as necessary.
For Water Retention: 5 drops geranium. Apply to swollen legs and feet. You can also add equal parts of lavender and geranium oil to a bucket of luke warm water and dip your feet in for no more than 10 minutes.
For Perineal Stretching: Use 10 drops geranium, 10 frankincense and 1 Tbs carrier oil – apply to area once a day during your last few months of pregnancy. I put this mixture in a small bottle to use a dime size amount each day. You can either use your fingers to gently stretch the perineal skin or simply apply the mixture (to get a lesser result) each evening.
For Reducing Bleeding During Birth: Add 25 drops of each of the following – ylang ylang, helichrysum, cypress, white fir, geranium, and clary sage to a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba . Massage onto the insides of ankles and lower back each evening the week before you are supposed to deliver up until the baby’s birth.
As I near the end of pregnancy I will share some essential oils recipes for Labor and Delivery as well as Postpartum fixes you’ll be glad you have!
** Do not use essential oils in the first trimester. Do not use essential oils if you have a high risk pregnancy or a history of miscarriages. During pregnancy less is more, so dilute your oils heavily with a carrier oil.**