ROLLER BOTTLE RECIPES, PERINEAL SPRAY, DIFFUSER BLENDS, AND ESSENTIAL OILS FOR POSTPARTUM AND NEWBORNS.
As promised, I am excited to share part 2 of “Essential Oils for Pregnancy.” If you missed that post, I talked about essential oils for the first, second, and third trimesters as well as essential oils for labor and delivery.
Today, I am going to talk about essential oils for postpartum and newborns.
HOW TO DIFFUSE OILS AROUND NEWBORNS
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You can use essential oils aromatically and topically for new babies. Some essential oils are considered “hot” oils, and you will want to stay from those until your baby is older.
Hot Oils to Avoid Using Topically
- Cinnamon Bark
HOW TO DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR NEWBORNS
For aromatic use, add 4-6 drops of essential oil to a diffuser and diffuse in the baby’s room. Or you can add essential oils to a pot of water and simmer on the stove to release essential oil molecules into the air for the baby to breathe in.
DIFFUSER BLENDS FOR NEWBORN
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
1 drop vetiver essential oil
Diffuse this blend overnight or during nap times to help the baby sleep more soundly.
3 drops wild orange essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
1 drop lime essential oil
Diffuse this blend during the day to promote happy feelings and uplift the mood.
Boost the Immune System
2 drops wild orange essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
1 drop clove essential oil
1 drop cinnamon essential oil
Diffuse this blend to cleanse the air, kill airborne germs, and boost the immune system.
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop of lime essential oil
Diffuse this blend to promote clear breathing and open up airways.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR POSTPARTUM: AFTERBIRTH PAINS
These are the worst. You have been in labor for so long, your baby is out, and you thought it was over…but it’s not. The more kids you have, the more painful these are. On a good note, these afterbirth pains are your uterus contracting and returning to its pre‐pregnancy size.
Apply essential oils topically to the abdomen as needed to help with the discomfort.
Essential Oils for Afterbirth Pains
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR POSTPARTUM: BABY BLUES
With the hormone changes, mixed emotions, and change of life, it is quite normal to experience some sort of baby blues. 10-15% of women suffer from baby blues, and I was one of the lucky ones after I had my first baby. I cried when things were good, and I cried when things were bad.
One night I wanted to make potato pancakes for dinner. I whipped up the batter, was frying them, and when I went to flip them, they broke apart. No big deal, right? Maybe not, but when you are 2 weeks postpartum and have the baby blues, it definitely is. My husband walked in from work and thought the world had ended because I was so upset, now it’s laughable, but at the time, I couldn’t control myself.
Essential Oils for Moms with Baby Blues
- Wild Orange
- Roman Chamomile
- Clary Sage
These essential oils are very uplifting and can promote a positive mood. Diffuse a blend of these oils when feeling down or apply them topically to the pulse points.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR POSTPARTUM: ENERGY
Newborns are hard work 24 hours a day. They love to be held and snuggled, eat often, and need lots of diaper changes. In the beginning, when you are up all night, you are going to be exhausted. Essential oils can be used to naturally boost your energy, stimulate the brain, and help you to stay alert and focused.
Diffuse a blend of these oils or apply topically to the pulse points.
Essential Oils for Energy
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Did you use essential oils on your baby or yourself after giving birth? Share your favorite essential oil blends for newborns and postpartum in the comments below.
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