This week is Aromatherapy awareness week and as I am just in the process of finishing my aromatherapist qualification and an avid user of essential oils for my family’s health and wellbeing I thought I would do a little blog on aromatherapy and pregnancy and labour.
Use Oils Wisely
The main rules for essential oil use are:
· Be aware of the oils that are not to be used in certain situations
· Always dilute oils in a carrier oil
· Do not take them internally
Because essential oils are very concentrated it is important to use a carrier oil. The dilution is usually given in a percentage so 3% dilution is 3 drops of essential oil to 100 drops of carrier oil. Or 3 drops to 5mls of carrier oil.
You can use just about any oil as long as it is cold pressed and containing no additives. Most carrier oils also have their own health properties but all are safe in pregnancy. The usual ones are sweet almond or grapeseed oil.
If you want to use oils in water you will need to mix them with a bit of alcohol first as they won’t mix in with the water without.
Some useful recipes
(the last weeks of pregnancy can be from 38 weeks onwards)
next time we will look at other ways essential oils can be useful once your baby is born.
Enjoy your essential oils!
Rosie Dhoopun is a Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Specialist, Pilates Teacher, Movement Teacher, Massage Therapist, Antenatal Teacher, Pregnancy Coach, Baby and Toddler Massage and Yoga Teacher.
She runs Pregnancy Exercise classes and Restorative Post-natal Exercise Classes in Woodbridge and Ipswich Suffolk