I know a lot of you LOVED the Essential Oils for Labor and Delivery post. So what now? I had my baby and I just toss these oils? No! You can use Essential Oils postpartum as well for healing, mood and hormone regulation, breast milk production, helping baby adjust to the outside world and so much more!
Safety Note: Always dilute essential oils, especially when you are pregnant or breastfeeding, for children and the elderly, or if you have any health condition. For an immediate, acute, and emergent situation a 25% essential oil ratio can be warranted, but essential oils are powerful substances and a little bit goes a long way. A 1% dilution is usually all that is needed to see the effects of the essential oil, and when you are breastfeeding, it is the most cautious root to take. Always consult a medical professional before making any medical decisions and do your own research, and come to your own conclusions about what will work best for your self and your family.
Essential Oils Postpartum – Part 1: For Mom
Frankincense and Helichrysum to help with pain and promote healing. Helichrysum helps stop bleeding too.
Postpartum hemorrhaging is excessive bleeding following child birth. It is commonly defined as loosing 500ml of blood after vaginal birth and generally occurs within 24hours of giving birth. Seek medical attention immediately. To prevent hemorhage or as a first aid treatment on the way to your medical provider apply 1-3 drops helichrysum on lower back, lower belly over uterus to prevent hemorrhage and encourage healing.
PAIN AND INFLAMMATION
Add two drops each of Frankincense and Lavender to frozen feminine pads for soothing, healing and inflammation immediately after birth. I also added Helichrysum to promote healing and slow postpartum bleeding (which was a big problem for me after having my first baby).
AFTER BIRTH BLEEDING
A blend of Clary Sage, Helichrysum, and Ylang Ylang will tone things back up quickly. Mix the oils with a carrier oil and place on lower abdomen (over uterus) or on ankle reflex points to tone the uterus.
DIFFICULTY URINATING AFTER LABOR
A few drops of Peppermint EO in the toilet before trying to pee will help encourage the urge and ability to pee. I can tell you this works from experience.
Geranium, Clary Sage, Helichrysum Essential oils: 1-2 drops of each in a spray bottle base of carrier oil for Hemorrhoids. Apply each time you use the restroom. You can also add these oils to a sitz bath to help heal the hemorrhoids and perineum.
Clary Sage is often used to start production. Apply to the insides of ankles or bottom of feet. Fennel and Basil are used to increase milk production. Peppermint and jasmine will rapidly and perhaps permanently decrease or stop milk production so avoid them if you want to continue to breastfeed.
Helichrysum & Lavender: for breastfeeding soreness (brings healing and elasticity- cut down soreness to 2 days vs. 10-14 days). Dilute 1 drop each with a tsp of carrier oil and gently rub on nipples after every nursing session.
Yeast infection(Prevent or treat) Mix 15-20 drops Melaleuca in a spray bottle and apply after urinating.
Lemongrass, Melaleuca, Frankincense, Oregano and Helichrisum 2 drops of each in 1tbsp carrier oil. Rub oil on very lower abdomen/pubic region (avoiding mucous membranes) every time you urinate or every two hours, whichever is more often. Place an ice pack on the area, drink a lot of water and unsweetened cranberry juice. I got rid of my UTI in two days by doing this. If your symptoms last longer than 2 days following this protocol contact your health professional.
Postpartum depression/ baby blues
Elevation, lemon, lavender, frankincense, and balance are all great oils and blends to help combat post partum depression. My personal routine with oils is to use balance on the back of my neck and bottom of my feet when I wake up, at lunch and when I go to bed. In the morning I then layer frankincense and Elevation. I use lemon and wild orange as a pick me up throughout the day, or elevation which contains both of those oils. At lunch I used either elevation or serenity, depending if I needed a pick me up or to calm down. At night I would use balance, frankincense, and serenity to sleep. You can also diffuse these oils into the air and breathe deeply. You can apply 1-2 drops to temples or forehead, or the back of your neck. You can also add them to bath water for a nice, relaxing, uplifting and healing bath.
Have you used essential oils postpartum? What did you use? How did you use them?
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