Using Essential Oils for L&D – stepping up the game

I am a big believer in essential oils.  I’ve used them personally for years…  and I’ve used them in my work as a doula and in classes since I started that work.  Lavender for relaxation,  a variety of citrus for an upbeat change of pace and peppermint for pushing have been my go-to oils.  I use them because hospitals typically smell bad — maybe not bad — just medicinal.  It gives not just the parents-to-be the desired effect — but also the caregivers.  They walk into a room and you can see them visibly relax as the smell of lavender wafts into their olfactory senses.  They may have had a less-than-pleasant encounter with the last person they dealt with, or maybe they are just having a stressful workday — this helps them leave whatever that is…. on the other side of the door.

As staunch a supporter of essential oils as I have been in the past — that just got super-charged when I found a purer grade of essential oils (doTerra) that are so pure they can actually be ingested!  I’ve used this particular grade of oils in several recent births and I realize I have only scratched the surface on uses for Labor and for little ones in lieu of traditional medicines.  I am reading the book:  Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies by Stephanie Fritz and I have to tell you that I am re-energized on my zeal for EO’s. Stay tuned — there’s more to come!  And I am announcing a virtual class soon – so you can learn from your home — or come to one of the in-person classes that I have set up this month — Sept 19th or Sept 23rd at 216 E 41st St., Savannah, GA .  I have handouts very specific to L&D and after the baby is born!.essential-oils-for-pregnancy_-birth-_-babies_1024x1024

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