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!.