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Aromatherapy’s Role In Easing Labor And Delivery

Posted Nov 15 2010 5:45am

There are many roles that aromatherapy can play in your health. One of the great uses of essential oils includes using aromatherapy during labor and delivery. Many women like the idea of giving birth the natural way. You want to bring your child into the world in a safe, relaxed world and when you opt to give birth the natural way, then aromatherapy can play a positive and helpful role.

What is aromatherapy? If you have never used essential oils or aromatherapy, there is no time like the present to start. Aromatherapy is using essential oils with a carrier or in a diffuser to help create a relaxed or even invigorating environment. When you choose your essential oils, you will pick them for their healing properties-and each one has their own unique properties. Essential oils can be used in candles, massages and even just to scent the air. Used in child birth, the right essential oils can help relax the mind and body and even help reduce labor pains when used correctly.

Before you begin using any essential oils, it is important for you to understand a little more abotut them. Many people find that the smell of essential oils to be highly personal. What works for one person may not affect another person in the same way. Therefore, before you go into labor, it is always best to experiment a little with essential oils so you can find the ones that you like the best. In addition, it is important to remember the essential oils are highly concentrated and some people may have allergic reactions to them. Mix one drop with a carrier and test on your skin before using it. You will also find that some essential oils should never be used when you are pregnant, so use caution and do your research before investing money.

There are a couple of ways to effectively use essential oils during childbirth and labor. Many women enjoy a good massage during childbirth. Mix your favorite essential oils with a carrier, such as sweet almond oil and have your partner massage your aching body. This can help soothe your painful labor pains and help relax your mind and you body. You can also light candles in the room. Find a good mix of the essential oils that you enjoy and burn them. Inhale the scents for relaxing feeling. You can also put your favorite essential oils in a diffuser for added benefit.

If you are having trouble deciding on the right kind of essential oils to use during childbirth, then you might want to look into some of the following, which are known to help. There are a variety of citrus oils such as grapefruit, lemon, orange and bergamot that are wonderful. Rosemary, lavender and chamomile are known for their relaxing effects on the mind and the body. Neroli and rose can both serve as an anti-depressant, which will make them great to use after child birth. Ylang ylang, which does have a very distinct scent can actually help lower blood pressure.

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