Monday, March 10, 2014

Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Giving Birth

Aromatherapy should be used with great caution during pregnancy. In fact, I don't recommend using many of my flower essence aromatherapy products (except in spray form) during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. But there are exceptions!

Doing New Things with Confidence is ideal for a new mother and pregnant women giving birth and is safe throughout pregnancy -- especially when you feel nervous about the process! The flower essences are specifically formulated to help a person approach new things with a relaxed yet confident attitude of "here we go!" Fun, adventure, looking forward to new discoveries. And there are only two very safe essential oils in it -- Lavender and Rosewood. A recent study showed that Lavender can be used safely during delivery and lowered the perception of pain and improved the woman's level of contentment. It reduces anxiety and has a balancing and calming effect on the emotions. Rosewood is also used to help relieve stress and anxiety. Some people call it spiritually uplifting. It has a rosy scent that mixes with Lavender beautifully.

Doing New Things with Confidence oil can be used for a therapeutic massage. Spray the birth room with the spray versions (scented or unscented flower-essence only) to benefit everyone -- the mom to be, her partner, the nurses, midwives, doctors, other family members, etc.

If you'd like to know more about the safety of essential oil products, read this article by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Generally speaking, don't use essential oils neat (undiluted) on the skin, don't drink them, and don't use them excessively. The occasional use of essential oils in a bath or massage won't hurt you or your baby if you are healthy and are not allergic. However, since not enough research has been done about the effects of absorbing essential oils through the skin during pregnancy use caution about daily use. Use of sprays with essential oils diluted appropriately in water or some other appropriate medium are more likely to be okay but, again, use moderation to be sure!

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