What are Essential Oils?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
Why use Essential Oils in Pregnancy, Labour, Birth and Postpartum?
Essential oils are naturally occurring and thus give us many opportunities to promote health and combat many pesky pregnancy symptoms (nausea, insomnia, restless legs, sore muscles) without the use of pharmaceutical medications. Essential oils are useful during labour to aid in stabilizing your mood and promoting positive/energized feelings as well as helping to relieve some of the physical discomforts of labour such as back labour, nausea and uterine contractions. Essential oils can even be effective for things like increasing a slow or stalled labour and turning the baby into a more optimal position for pushing! Essential oils are great again postpartum for stabilizing and uplifting your mood, relieving some of the soreness associated with birth and for soothing the perineal area.
Are Essential Oils Safe?
Yes! Traditionally, certain essential oil application methods have been preferred or used exclusively. However, as the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. All application methods are safe when used appropriately - including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods: aromatic, topical and internal.
*For those who wish to use essential oils in association with The Pathway Doula's our class on the use of essential oils must be taken as all of the safety guidelines are discussed and paper handouts are given for reminders of safety during pregnancy and for day to day use.
I'm Interested - How Does it Work?
For our Doula clients we offer a specific consultation regarding essential oils, what you may find effective and how you personally may wish to use them. Included in our package for those who are interested is our Aromatherapy and Essential Oils in Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum class which will provide you with the tools to use essential oils for things like nausea, insomnia, anxiety, tiredness on your own at home. We will continually support you throughout pregnancy in your essential oil journey in addition to our usual support. At the time of your birth we will have in your birth plan your preferred essential oil uses and will suggest things to try using our intuition in the moment and proceed with your permission. We use OUR oil stash for your birth.
For those who are not our doula clients we still offer our class in a group or 1:1 setting and will still provide continued support to you through your oil journey. In this case we recommend beginning to learn about how to use essential oils in pregnancy but especially for labour and birth by no later than the start of the 3rd trimester.
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Jenny uses essential oils in her every day life and has replaced most things in her home and health routine with essential oils and natural remedy's instead of toxic chemical brands and pharmaceuticals. Jenny used essential oils through out pregnancy, during her home birth and continues to use them postpartum. Jenny has tons of first hand experience using oils and loves sharing her passion with how they have changed her health and day to day. Jenny is currently studying to become a certified aromatherapist to further her knowledge in this area.