Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower

Continuing on from yesterday’s post on the safe use of essential oils in pregnancy, and the first two oils, Lavender and Bergamot.

Using Neroli, Chamomile and Geranium

Like bergamot, Neroli is part of the family of citrus essential oils. Also known as ‘orange blossom,’ it requires 1000 blossoms to arrive at 1 pound of oil making it one of the most precious essential oils available. Neroli essential oil is fantastic for skin regeneration making it an excellent choice for dealing with anything skin-related from acne to stretch marks. As an antispasmodic, neroli is also excellent for gastro-intestinal upset (by relaxing the smooth muscle of the intestine).

Feeling nauseous? Try aerosolized neroli: Add 5 drops of neroli essential oil to a spray bottle with distilled water and mist the air to help relieve nausea.

Chamomile— There are two different species of plant that take the name ‘Chamomile’. There’s German Chamomile (the most common sort) and Roman, or English Chamomile. The essential oil, like the tea, is made of the daisy-like flowers of the small perennial herb. While they are different species, their effect is the same.

They soothe irritability and frayed nerves. Chamomile is another antispasmodic (like neroli) which means that it’s appropriate for the treatment of a variety of digestive disorders as well as muscle spasms and skin irritations. Do an inhalation of Chamomile to relieve cough. One note on allergies – if you are sensitive to ragweed, daisies, chrysanthemums or asters, you may also be allergic to Chamomile.

Did the summer mosquitoes really do a number on you tonight? Try chamomile: Add a few drops of Chamomile essential oil to a full bathtub to relieve the itch of mosquito bites.

Last but not least, Geranium is all about balance. Made from the leaves of the plant, the South African native works by stimulating the adrenal cortex which is the hormonal center. Thus, it is widely used in the treatment of both anxious tension and depression as it has the unusual quality of being both a sedative when you need to relax (as in tension) and a stimulant when you need a lift (as in depression). And, what it does for the psychology, it also does for the skin as well – tempering both the oily and dry.

Do you have breast tenderness? Try a compress with geranium essential oil: add a drop or two to some hot water, submerge a hand towel. Wring it out and lay the warm towel over your chest for 10 minutes.

A word on combining essential oils…

One can achieve wonderful effects by combining two or more essential oils. As long as the ratio of essential oil to carrier oil is maintained, there is no reason to avoid combining different oils for different effects. Some lovely combinations include:

Lavender – Chamomile: Blend 2 drops of each with 1 TBSP (15mL) of carrier oil and gently massage into the breast to alleviate tenderness. Add 4 drops of each to a bath to relieve sunburn.

Bergamot – Geranium: Add 4 drops of each to a bath and disperse well. Soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes, inhaling the vapors to relieve anxiety. Lavender can also be added to this combination as long as the overall count of essential drops remains between 8 and 10 drops in a warm bath.

Geranium – Lavender: Add 2 drops of each to a large bowl of very warm water and soak aching feet for 10 minutes for a lift.

Chamomile – Neroli: Blend 4 drops of Chamomile and 2 drops of Neroli essential oils with 1 TBSP (15mL) of carrier oil and massage into your upper chest as a mild sedative when your mind is racing. You can swap out Chamomile for Lavender for a difference aroma profile with a similar effect.

One final word of caution…

While essential oils are natural, they are not inert. They are alternative forms of medicine with real effects on the body. Some have hormone-like compounds, like fennel seed, which should be avoided during pregnancy. Other essential oils have emmenagogic properties which among other things can be used to regulate menstrual periods. To take anything that promotes menstruation during pregnancy is obviously a very bad idea.

Still others contain compounds that can either be harmful to the developing baby or in some cases contribute to the start of contractions. The point is, exercise caution if you decide to try essential oils, particularly during pregnancy. The wisest course of action would be to consult your doctor or some other qualified practitioner before you do.

Sources:

AltMD, Amazing Healing, Aroma Web, Baby Centre UK, Birth.com.au, Essentials of Aromatherapy, National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, Natural Bloom, Northdays Image, Sun Spirit

Disclaimer: Neither Keeper of the Home nor its contributing authors are medical professionals, nor do we claim to be able to give medical advice. This information is merely to educate, inspire and motivate you to look into these issues more on your own, or to speak with your own medical practitioner for more information.

Kimberly is behind Fertility Flower, a website promoting natural fertility and healthy living. She has one daughter, Blanka, age 8 months and hopes to have more children someday.

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