Experiencing mood swings during pregnancy? Geranium oil can help! Simply add 6 drops into 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil, such as sesame oil, and ask your sweetie to give you a massage (let him know he’ll benefit, too – mood swings can be brutal on a partner)! Geranium oil is also wonderful in enhancing circulation and easing leg aches and pains.
While you should avoid hot baths and hot tubs/whirlpools/Jacuzzis during pregnancy, a warm bath with 8 drops of neroli oil added can be the perfect solution to relieve some pregnancy tension and stress.
Other beneficial oils are:
Bergamot -- If you’re suffering from cystitis, this could be your answer!
Chamomile -- Headache? Don’t reach for an OTC remedy. Chamomile oil has been known to knock out the worst of pain, as well as help relieve indigestion.
Cypress -- Only to be used during the third trimester if you are experiencing swelling in your feet and ankles.
Eucalyptus -- Congested? Reach for the eucalyptus oil.
Grapefruit -- To be used to limit water retention.
Lemon -- Another good option for congestion.
Mandarin -- Not only will this help ease swelling in your ankles, it also helps with fluid retention in your aching joints.
Rosewood -- A natural antiseptic.
Tea tree -- If you have thrush, reach for the tea tree oil.
Ylang-ylang -- Another choice for relieving stress and tension.
There is an ongoing debate about lavender, but since many studies show lavender to be associated with miscarriage, I, personally, would avoid it at all costs.
Of course, before following any of the above suggestions, check with your doctor. Some advise that women should avoid all essential oils while pregnant. I also recommend that you do further research.
It is vital you avoid the following oils, as they can raise certain hormone levels and lead to miscarriage during the first trimester of pregnancy. Some are not safe during any point during your pregnancy, so again, I highly recommend speaking to your OB before using aromatherapy with any of these oils. Also, remember to limit the use of essential oils to external use only.
However you approach aromatherapy during pregnancy, use caution and common sense. Never jump in feet first without researching and testing the water.
Keeping it natural and healthy,