With each birthing experience, getting back into the swing of things has been a little harder – almost two years ago, I gave birth to our fifth, and recovery was far more difficult with our fifth than it was with our first. Perhaps it’s because I’m ten years older than I was when I had our first.
Or perhaps because having 5 truly knocks the wind out of you and takes a little longer for your body to recover. 🙂
We’re fortunate this past two pregnancies to have the opportunity to use Essential Oils – they did wonders in supporting a healthy birth, and this last pregnancy was an amazing experience.
One thing to remember though is that Essential Oils can be pretty powerful. It’s always great to do your own research – we recommend Robert Tisserand’s Book on Essential Oil Safety and Gentle Babies from Debra Raybern.
Here are some of the most important Essential Oils you’ll want to keep close during postpartum to help you recover quickly and get back on your feet.
Essential Oils for Postpartum Recovery
Helichrysum is great for helping with pain and supporting healing. Combine it with Lavender for this Perineal spray to use after birth. It’s a great idea to use this every time you change your pad and use the bathroom – and bonus: use with the witch hazel pads (or tucks pads) they usually give you in the hospital.
Lavender, Bergamot and Lemon together work wonders as a mood-booster – to help you get out of a funk and perhaps kick those baby blues.
A single drop of Lemon or Lime Essential Oil in your 8 oz glass of water is an amazing way to stay hydrated – especially if you are a nursing mama. Nursing often times triggers thirst, and it’s important to stay as hydrated as possible by always having a glass of water nearby to drink when you sit down to feed the baby.
Peppermint works super to help encourage urination after you deliver – do not apply topically, but add a single drop to the toilet. Note that applying Peppermint externally or using internally may affect your breast milk – so use on the body with caution following delivery.
Clary Sage, Fennel and Basil work GREAT to support breastfeeding as a nursing mama. After birth, encourage breastfeeding with Clary Sage by applying to the bottoms of your feet or inside your ankles. To support continued breast milk production, use Fennel or Basil Essential Oils. Dilute 1 drop of Essential Oil with 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil and apply several hours before nursing. Basil is stronger – so make sure you wipe any residue well before baby next feeds.
Lavender and Helichrysum are great for supporting healthy skin post pregnancy – not only for nipple soreness but also for skin support on the lower abdomen, too.
During pregnancy, a rise in hormones prevents you from losing your hair by binding to local estrogen receptors on the hair follicles. After pregnancy, your estrogen returns to normal levels, and causes you to return to the original shedding cycle. To help with this, add a few drops of Cedarwood to your shampoo. Cedarwood is great for supporting a healthy scalp and healthy hair.
For additional support postpartum, use Geranium – not only for soothing cracked nipples but also for supporting healthy stomach skin and breast skin. Combine 1 drop with 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil and apply directly.
For Endocrine Support, you can try Bergamot, Progessence Plus, and even Clary Sage. Progessence Plus is a wonderful way of supporting women’s health (read more about it HERE).
Have the post-baby blues? Thankfully there are several mood-boosting essential oils that will ease the baby blues. Joy and Orange are both great mood lifters, as are Lavender and Stress Away oils – which can boost your well-being. Valor is another must-have oil that promotes self reassurance, too.
Oils to Avoid while Breastfeeding
If you are a nursing mama, there are several oils you will want to avoid ~ including the following:
- Blue Cypress
- Carrot Seed
- Cinnamon Bark
- Deep Relief
- Idaho Tansy
- And more – our list is NOT an extensive list!
There are so many essential oils out there on the market today… do your best to research each and find one that works best for you, and one that you feel comfortable using during and after your pregnancy.
The content that we shared, above, is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. It’s always best to check with a qualified health provider for questions you might have.
Moreover, this information has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.