How can you ever say anything negative about your body when you have felt the dance of life from inside your womb?
Essential Oils for Postpartum
Having a new baby is a life-changing experience and something that can be quite challenging for the new mother. As your body recovers from giving birth and your hormones re-stabilize, it’s normal to feel drained and sometimes stressed or anxious. Postpartum depression is a common issue for new mothers, but learning some self-care practices can help you feel better and navigate those early months when you are enduring sleepless nights and the challenges of childcare. Essential oils are a great form of self-care. You can use aromatherapy diffusers to keep your home smelling sweet and fresh, and you can make massage blends that will soothe your skin and aching muscles while also balancing your mood and helping with anxiety. Let’s take a look at some of the best essential oils for postpartum pampering and breastfeeding.
After Pains Massage diluted lavender or clary sage onto lower abdomen.
Anxiety Inhale orange or lavender, or use in a diffuser to benefit everyone in the family. Roman Chamomile and Frankincense are also helpful.
CesareanSection Incision Care (Only to be used once incision has scabbed) Apply Lavender, Frankincense, and Helichrysum to promote healing. Add Melaleuca if infection is a concern.
Perineum Care Prepare at least one of these remedies in advance; they are perfect for soothing soreness or sutures.
Peri Mist Add a few drops of Geranium, Lavender, and Helichrysum to a small misting bottle. Top with carrier oil. Mist onto the tender area frequently.
Soothing Pads Add 20-30 drops of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Geranium to a bottle of witch hazel. Shake mixture well and apply to large maxi pads. Place pads in the freezer until needed. Use during the healing process.
Postpartum Sadness Use a combination of Lavender, Frankincense, and Clary Sage in a diffuser, in a bath, or use with carrier oil for a massage. Apply to the bottoms of the feet several times a day.
Essential Oils for Breastfeeding
Cracked Nipples Our Nipple Butter is an all natural, organic, GMO free salve that can be applied to soothe cracked nipples. Lavender can also be mixed in and can bring on a sense of calm for both mom and baby when breastfeeding is causing anxiety and stress.
Fussiness Diffuse Lavender and/or Orange to help calm mom and baby.
Mastitis Don’t stop nursing/pumping. Use Lavender on top of each infected breast throughout the day. Massage the following blend over the entire breast: 10 drops each Melaleuca, Lavender, Roman Chamomile in 2 tablespoons carrier oil. Massage from armpits toward the nipple. If symptoms do not get better within a day or two seek professional help.
Milk Supply Apply 1-2 drops on top of each breast for each of the following suggestions
Starting Production Clary Sage
(AVOID Peppermint in essential oil or tea form. In some women, it may reduce milk supply).
Increasing Milk Supply Basil or Fennel (do not use fennel for more than 10 days at a time) Drink plenty of water, rest as much as possible, and eat a nourishing diet.
Decreasing Milk Supply Peppermint. Start slowly; for some the effect is mild and gentle, while others, milk supply drops dramatically.
* Don’t wait to seek support if you are having difficulty. Contact a lactation specialist, or find a local La Leche League meeting at www.llli.org. If you need any recommendations please reach out.