Studies have found higher comfort and satisfaction when people use aromatherapy during labour. Some essential oils may help decreasing nausea and vomiting. In one large study, more than 50% of mothers rated aromatherapy as helpful for coping with labour and birth. In general, aromatherapy may promote relaxation, ease anxiety, and promote greater satisfaction with your labour and childbirth experience. Currently, there aren’t any research studies showing any harm occurring to mothers and babies who used aromatherapy during labour and childbirth. However, essential oils used for aromatherapy have the potential to cause allergic reactions and skin irritation.
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In a one-hour course covers the different benefits and when to use / not to use the following essential oils:
- Clary Sage
- Peppermint / Spearmint
The essential oils above may help to ease anxiety, help you and your birth partner relax, make the room feel clean and fresh, they may be invigorating and encourage a feeling of happiness. Some of these may help decrease nausea as well!
Clary Sage may not be used prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy but from then onwards, this might be an excellent addition to the other oils in the toolkit!
There are many different ways we can use essential oils and aromatherapy during pregnancy, labour and childbirth. A very versatile, simple, low/no side-effect alternative to medical comfort measures.
To book your personal course to explore your aromatic options, please contact me!