Aromatherapy Recipes for Pregnancy and Labor

Aromatherapy recipes for pregnancy (and labor) can come in really handy.

The benefits of essential oil are many and have been tested over centuries. Their therapeutic value has been recognized for a very long time.

What is an essential oil?

The short answer is that an essential oil is the volatile liquid (oil) distilled from plant materials (flowers, shrubs, bark, stems, etc). This oil carries nutrients from the plant in a very concentrated form.

 

Aromatherapy Recipes for Pregnancy

 

How can you determine if you have the real thing?

Not easily and certainly not with your senses. The reason we like Young Living Essential oils is that first and foremost they were recommended by both a practitioner and a D.O. Both these professionals whom we respect use them exclusively. So for us there was the trust factor.

Also these oils are the only ones in the United States  which have the AFNOR label – Association French Normalization Regulation – as well as the ISO – International Standards Organization – which are issued by the French Essential Oils Medical Governing Board.

So when Young Living says their oils are therapeutic grade, their oils ARE therapeutic grade! When you are dealing with these oils, you are getting pure aromatherapy.

Essential oils are wonderful for pregnancy and labor use. You know that many ailments can be relieved by using the right oil, and a prenatal massage with some aromatherapy massage oils are wonderful treats.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Pregnancy and Labor: Massage Oils

Edema Massage Oil

  • 2 1/2 Tbs of the massage oil of your choice. Some oils to choose from: sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, even olive oil.
  • 1/2 Tb of jojoba oil or emu oil ~  Both chemical composition of these oils are close to our skins own oils.
  • 1 Evening Primrose capsule or a vitamin E capsule
  • 2 drops of Tangerine
  • 1 drop of Lemon
  • 4 drops of Cypress
  • 4 drops of Lavender
  • 3 drops of Geranium

Place all these oils in a dark container, shake before each use.

Itchy Skin Massage Oil

Recipe #1

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of the oil of your choice: sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, even olive oil.
  • 1/2  tablespoon  of jojoba oil or emu oil
  • 2 Evening Primrose capsules or a vitamin E capsules or one of each
  • 4 drops of Tangerine
  • 4 drops of Geranium
  • 4 drops of Lavender
  • 4 drops of Cypress
  • 3 drops of Lemon

Place all these oils in a dark container, shake before each use.

Recipe #2

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of the oil of your choice: almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, even olive oil.
  • 1/2 tablespoon of jojoba oil or emu oil
  • 2 Evening Primrose capsules or a vitamin E capsules or one of each
  • 20 drops of Gentle Baby oil blend by Young Living.

Place all these oils in a dark container, shake before each use.

Perineal Massage Blend

Recipe #1

  • 2 tablespoons of the oil of your choice: sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, even olive oil.
  • 8 drops of Geranium
  • 5 drops of Lavender or
  • Omit these oils but use 13 to 15 drops of Gentle Baby – a Young Living blend – or just Geranium

Place all these oils in a dark container, shake before each use. Start to massage – if you wish to do so or if you have previous scaring from an episiotomy – at about 4 to 3 weeks before your due date.

Recipe #2

Use the same recipe as above but add 5 drops of Fennel.

Place all these oils in a dark container, shake before each use. Start to massage with this recipe at 39 weeks.

 

 

Aromatherapy Recipes for Pregnancy and Labor: For Labor

These essential oil recipes are to be used only once labor is established.

Labor Massage Oil

  • 1 tablespoon of the oil of your choice: sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, even olive oil.
  • 4 drops of Helichrysum
  • 4 drops of Fennel
  • 2 drops of Peppermint
  • 5 drops of Ylang Ylang
  • 3 drops of Clary Sage
  • Omit these oils but add 18 to 20 drops of Dragon Time – a Young Living blend.

Place all these oils in a dark container, shake before each use.Massage inside the ankles, on your little toe where the nail meets your skin, and on your lower abdomen and back.

Massage Oil to Speed up Labor

  • 2 tablespoon of the oil of your choice: sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, even olive oil.
  • 4 drops of Jasmine
  • 4 drops of Lavender
  • 4 drops of Clary Sage

Place all these oils in a dark container, shake before each use.Massage inside the ankles, on your little toe where the nail meets your skin, and on your lower abdomen and back.Caution: only use this blend when in active labor

Aromatherapy Recipes for Pregnancy and Labor: Diffusing Blend for Labor

  • 10 drops of Lavender
  • 8 drops of Frankincense
  • 6 drops of Ylang Ylang
  • 5 drops of Roman Chamomile

Another great blend to diffuse is Present Time – a Young Living blend and Florence’s favorite because it contains Neroli. In order to buy Young Living essential oils, you may use this sponsor number 958919 when you order.

 

 

Comments to Aromatherapy Recipes

  •  Starting labor left by Anonymous

Any recipe ideas for jump starting a tired uterus? I’ve had 2 previous uterine failures and would like to do this one without inducing.

Answer:  This might help Click Here

Some also say clary sage essential oil.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/haleeburch Halee Burchfield

    I know a woman who uses essential oils and mixes them with a soy butter to make lotions. Do you think if I took her these recipes and asked her to make these scents for me that they would be as effective in the soy/lotion format or does it have to be as an oil only?

    • http://www.natural-motherhood.com/ Natural Motherhood

      Personally I stay away from soy. An oil butter would work just as well though: cocoa butter, shea butter, etc. I put come essential oils in my facial creams ~ F

  • Emily Best

    Hi, a question about the diffusing oil for labour… You mention with the massage oils for labour to only use them once labour has started (because of the clary sage?), so I was wondering if the diffusing oil could be used prenatally. I teach birth hypnosis and was wanting to find a good blend that could be used during hypnosis prep, and then in labour there would already be a positive association with the scent.

    • http://www.natural-motherhood.com/ Natural Motherhood

      Essential oils even when diffused are very powerful. Diffusing is a great idea but make sure of the quality of your oils first. I personally have only used Young Living for almost a decade now. I have used them throughout pregnancies and on my children after birth. Blessings! ~ F

      • Emily Best

        So would you say that the ‘diffusing oil for labour’ recipe is for labour only, or can it be used in pregnancy as well?

        • http://www.natural-motherhood.com/ Natural Motherhood

          The diffusing blend for labor is safe to use ahead of time. :)