If you are getting ready to have a baby, I am sure you have thought about things to pack in your bag for the hospital/birthing center. Clothes, things that comfort you, maybe some music, and of course something for the baby to wear home. But have you thought about packing herbs and essential oils that will make the labor and delivery more relaxing, more ecstatic, and dare I say even a little less painful?
If you have a midwife or have hired a doula she may suggest some of these things. (And I would highly encourage you to have a doula….but that soapbox is for another post). I have been a doula for friends and the list below are things that really helped the mommies get through their labor smoothly and naturally. Create you kit early and have it ready to go. Most importantly remember that no one can tell you during your birth that you cannot have these things.
Raspberry leaf and Nettle leaf tea- drink this throughout your labor to maintain energy, strengthen and tone the uterine muscles and increase milk flow.
Create a massage oil with 2 oz of a carrier oil (such as sweet almond) add to it 10 drops of rose essential oil and 10 drops lavender essential oil. Have your partner gently massage (clockwise around the belly) and into the lower back. The rose helps to strengthen the uterine muscles and ligaments, and the lavender keeps you calm and keeps headaches at bay.
I always have a bottle of peppermint essential oil to inhale deeply if nausea sets in. (do not overdo it), as well as, a bottle of Rose Geranium to inhale to uplift and restore energy if mama is getting tired.
Skullcap tincture is my absolute favorite herb for taking the edge off of the pain. 3-8 drops should be sufficient and can be repeated, but be careful. It can be a sedative. If your blood pressure is elevated you can also combine that with a few drops of Passionflower tincture.
These are just a few recommendations and many midwives, doulas, and herbalists will have other suggestions. These have worked well for the births I have attended. The most important thing is to have a support system, stay calm and relaxed, listen to calming music, turn the lights down low, and enjoy the arrival of your baby.
DISCLOSURE: This post is for educational purposes only. Please consult your midwife or doctor before taking any medications, herbs or essential oils.