Es-“scent”-ials for pregnancy

Because of the heightened sense of smell during pregnancy, only half the usual amount of the essential oil should be used.

by Marci Cagen — 

Aromatherapy is a safe, nurturing way to promote happiness and a sense of well-being, while also easing some of the discomforts of pregnancy. Although some precautions must be taken when choosing which scents to use, a number of essential oils are safe during pregnancy. Aromatherapy is a great way to bring relief and comfort during the prenatal period.

Did you know that the essential oil expressed from ginger is an ideal way to relieve nausea? You can inhale it straight from the bottle or add one to two drops to a tissue and breathe in slowly.

Tired, swollen feet and legs are a common complaint during pregnancy. A gentle massage using firm pressure up the legs and very light strokes coming back down toward the feet can relieve stress in the lower extremities. Backaches are especially common during pregnancy, so an aromatherapy massage, especially in the lower back area, can bring relief and ease tension.

Rose, chamomile, sandalwood and lavender are wonderful, safe oils to use. Before applying directly to your skin, remember to always use a good base product like almond, safflower or jojoba oil to blend the essential oils in.

For prevention and treatment of stretch marks, a blend of neroli and mandarin can be applied using a carrier oil such as apricot. Both have strong cell-regenerating properties and give a soothing and uplifting sense to the mind, body and spirit.

Because of the heightened sense of smell during pregnancy, only half the usual amount of the essential oil should be used. For example, use only three to four drops in a bath or four to five drops in a diffuser. If applying during a massage, only one to one-and-a-half percent should be blended into the cream or oil that is being used.

 

Marci Cagen is a licensed nurse and massage therapist who specializes in aromatherapy at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine. She offers a series of aromatherapy classes entitled “Es‘scent’ials for Health.” 480-688-8435 or www.marcicagen.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 31, Number 3, June/July 2012.

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