Essential oils were instrumental in supporting my body through pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Our body easily recognizes and benefits of using essential oils. My top five essential oils for pregnancy are: Lavender, Ginger, Wild Orange, Frankincense and AromaTouch.
Lavender is a must-have for pregnancy. Turn to Lavender for all things calming and relaxing. Diffuse or inhale deeply before going to best to help relax and have a restful night’s sleep. You can even add several drops to a spray bottle with water and a splash of witch hazel for a great linen mist to spray on your linens before going to bed. Lavender can also help soothe and relieve head and neck tension, along with muscle aches. Apply to points of tension or muscle discomfort. It’s wonderful for your skin, especially the itching! Add a couple of drops of lavender to a carrier oil or body butter and apply to your belly or wherever you’re itchy.
Ginger essential oil is so great to have on hand, especially during that first trimester morning sickness! It can help ease nausea and improve your appetite. Inhale as needed to ward off nauseous feelings and massage it onto your earlobes. Ginger can also help reduce heartburn and help with constipation – apply it to your stomach or chest and is supportive to your digestive system. It also boosts your immune system and can help with congestion. Massage ginger onto your muscle aches, cramps or spasms.
Turn to your favorite citrus essential oil during pregnancy, I love Wild Orange! Citrus oils are incredibly beneficial for uplifting your mood and easing anxious feelings. They can also help with sleeplessness, fatigue and boost concentration. Add a few drops to some white vinegar and water for a safe, simple all-purpose cleaner to use around your house.
Frankincense is considered the King of Oils and man oh man, is it a good one during pregnancy. When in doubt, use Frankincense. Frankincense is a wonderful support for cellular health. Use Frankincense for mental wellness and maintaining healthy emotions, manage stress levels and anxiety throughout pregnancy. 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.
Frankincense also enhances the benefits of other oils. If you need a little more oomph from Ginger for your nausea, try massaging Frankincense on your belly with the ginger!
Lastly, you’ll want something to support your body’s aches and discomforts as it grows to make space for your little one. I love using the AromaTouch massage blend from doTERRA. It’s great for circulatory support, restless legs, along with muscle aches and cramps. It’s also very supportive for any tension you may be experiencing. It’s my favorite to add to Epsom salts (with some Lavender or Frankincense) to take a relaxing bath in at night to unwind and relax for bed.
Choose an essential oil that is 100% pure, with zero filler, pesticides, chemicals or artificial ingredients. Find a company that tests for purity and composition after distillation and upon arrival for product and is certified to have the correct chemical composition to achieve desired results.