Essential oils are a supportive tool for us to use as we navigate the postpartum phase and transition into motherhood. Smell is the fastest way to affect your mood so naturally, one of the easiest ways to use essential oils for emotional support in the fourth trimester is diffusing them! You can set up the diffuser with a few drops of oil and experience the benefits of the oil hours later.
Citrus oils or blends such as Wild Orange, Elevation, Citrus Bliss, are so supportive of our emotional well-being and can help elevate our mood and mind. I love diffusing them throughout the day to help uplift everyone’s mood. They are great to turn for support, especially if you are experiencing feelings of sadness, overwhelm or anxiousness. Be sure to work with your medical care team for additional support.
Frankincense is such a versatile oil when in doubt, use Frankincense! It is gentle and soothing to our skin. I used it to help get rid of the sticky tape residue on my skin and support the healing process from IV bruises and my c-section incision. Use Frankincense for mental wellness and maintaining healthy emotions, manage stress levels and anxiety throughout your fourth trimester, and beyond. Massage a drop on the bottoms of your feet morning and night. Use Frankincense on your temples, forehead, back of your neck or shoulder to relieve tension.
Use Copaiba to help calm, relax and unwind. Use it internally or on the bottoms of your feet before going to bed to help quiet your mind and help with any feelings of sadness. Copaiba is also a great option to turn to for temporary pain and discomfort. Apply it topically to the area as needed or take internally if you are using a high-quality brand safe for internal use. For breastfeeding mamas, copaiba can also help increase milk supply – apply it topically to the top of your breast throughout the day.
ClaryCalm is a wonderful postpartum blend that supports hormone balancing. Apply it to your feet or chest throughout the day as needed to help with mood swings, cramping, contractions, and even hot flashes. It helps bring your body’s systems back into balance. The oils in this blend can also be supportive to your breast milk supply.
Combine 10 drops each of Lavender, Frankincense, Copaiba, Helichrysum (or Geranium), in a 2 oz spray bottle, topped off with fractionated coconut oil, for a great postpartum peri spray or c-section incision site blend. Spray onto area frequently throughout the day or as needed.
The fourth trimester can sometimes turn into survival mode, but I encourage you to use your essential oils throughout the day. Something as simple as turning on the diffuser or taking 60 seconds to inhale an uplifting oil before picking the baby up in the morning, can have a positive impact in your mood for the rest of the day!