Your Postpartum Survival Guide with these 9 Essential Oils

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Last month we wrote about how to survive your pregnancy with the aid of essential oils. This month, we give you part two: surviving postpartum with these essential oil solutions.

 

Although essential oils are safe to use for different ailments, women who are pregnant or nursing will need to take extra care on application and dilution with carrier oils.

Breast Feeding

For all new moms, latching and pumping can take a toll on the breasts. Here are some quick solutions to make the entire experience less painful and more bearable.

Stimulate Milk Production:

Basil:

Basil is considered a lactogenic spice, so it can help promote the production of breast milk. Apply this essential oil by first diluting a few drops with a carrier oil and apply to the upper breast every few hours in between feedings. This can help stimulate milk production. First begin at a low dosage to see the results, then increase gradually.

*Note: it is normal for milk not to come in until the third or fourth day

Sore breasts:

Lavender

Naturally, lavender relieves tension, promotes relaxation and peaceful sleep. Dilute lavender with a carrier oil and massage the breasts during or after feeding. You can massage it onto the breast while nursing or, right before pumping to alleviate some of the friction.

Cracked Nipples

Frankincense or Melaleuca

To treat cracked or sore nipples, dilute a drop of Frankincense of Melaleuca with your Lanolin nipple cream. Frankincense is known to beautify and rejuvenate the skin.  While Melaleuca, or also known as Tea Tree oil is known for its purifying and toning properties for the skin.

Just be sure to wipe the nipple clean before nursing the baby.

 

Mood Lifters

Having a newborn while recovering from labor can be stressful. Make your home a positive and relaxing personal sanctuary by diffusing these oils:

Wild Orange: Eases anxiety, nausea, anger, insomnia, fatigue

Ylang Ylang: Eases depression, frustration, and insomnia

Sandalwood: Relaxes and calms, encourages deep sleep

Swelling

Whether it is the weeks leading to labor or the weeks after, it is common to experience swelling in the legs, feet and hands. To combat this, here are two oils that can help:

Aromatouch

Available via doTERRA, this mixed oil blend is a combination of Cypress Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Marjoram Leaf, Basil Leaf, Grapefruit Peel, Lavender Flower essential oils. This is great for swelling, just apply directly to the swollen area.

Ginger:

Known to help with digestion and also nausea/heartburn they are also known to help relieve inflammation of the joints. Whether you apply it topically or infuse it, it can help with the swelling.

Add a few drops of essential ginger oil in a bucket of water (1 drop per four ounces) and soak your feet.

We hope this article is helpful for you and your post partum journey!