Essential Oils can be used for so many things! But did you know about all the ways they can help your baby, yourself, and even your transition to work issues? Baby and mama problems are some of my favorite uses for oils. Check out my friend Elaine McGhee at Thrive Momma for more comprehensive support about returning to work after maternity leave.
Hands down, my favorite oil for babies and children is lavender. Calming, soothing, and it smells amazing. Dilute a drop in some coconut oil and put on baby’s feet for naps, or put a couple drops in a handful of epsom salts at bath time. Lavender can definitely help babies (and adults!) sleep better, though only as developmentally appropriate. Lavender also mixes well with many other oils for sleep. My favorite combo is lavender, cedarwood and Peace & Calming. Our whole family sleeps better!
Oils are great for mamas too! I really like oils for skincare. A drop of frankincense in your regular moisturizer is excellent for evening out skin tone as well as helping with lines and wrinkles. I like to mix mine with a couple of drops of argan oil. With babies can come a lot of hormonal changes that can cause breakouts. Many oil options here as well: Melaleuca A (tea tree oil), lavender, Purification and Melrose are all great choices.
Breastfeeding and returning to work can sometimes be difficult. If you run into supply issues essential oils can be helpful. Either basil or fennel can be used to help with milk production. You can dilute in some coconut oil and apply topically to breasts, or take a couple drops in a capsule. Typically this is used 5 days on and 5 days off.
If you run into a situation where you need to stop milk production, you can use peppermint oil. Again either dilute topically and apply anywhere, or you could also take in capsules. Peppermint should generally be avoided by nursing mamas that wish to keep their supply.
Totally new to oils? Read some basics:
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic compounds from plants. A wide variety of different essential oils are available, and may be produced from seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, roots or peels of some fruits. They do more than smell great - they can provide all kinds of other benefits!
What kinds of things can you use essential oils for?
Anything really! Oils can be beneficial to anyone, for a variety of physical and mental health complaints as well as for general wellness. Some of the most common uses for oils include skin conditions such as acne and eczema, pain complaints, cold/flu symptoms, anxiety or depressed mood, promoting relaxation and relieving stress.
How are essential oils used?
Oils can be used topically, diffused into the air, and some oils can be ingested. In general when used topically oils should be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil or jojoba oil. Use the same quality of oils that you cook with and consume, as the oils are absorbed through your skin. If diffused it is best to use an ultrasonic diffuser that does not use any heat as this can destroy many of the therapeutic properties of the oil. Take particular care with ingestion of essential oils. If you are not well versed in aromatherapy suggest consulting with someone that is prior to ingestion of oils. In particular be very careful about the brand you choose to ingest as oils are not regulated and many are contaminated with chemicals, pesticides or synthetics.
Great! Where can I get oils?
Please be careful, do your research, and find a company that you can trust. Oils are not created equally! There is a wide range of prices for essential oils. Quality and purity vary greatly. Unfortunately “100% pure” on a label does not necessarily mean the oil is really pure. Consider how the oils are distilled, steam distillation or cold-pressed are preferred. Many of the cheaper brands obtain oils by solvent extraction, using chemicals to obtain the compounds. These types of oils should never be ingested and I wouldn’t recommend using them topically either. Young Living Essential Oils are my personal favorite, and what I choose to use for my family.
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