Yesterday I hit my 19-week milestone in my first pregnancy. I’m almost half-way there! We found out for sure about a week ago that we are having a BOY!!!
Today I thought I would share how I’ve been using essential oils during my pregnancy to help with discomforts and issues that can arise, as well as everyday health concerns such as cold and congestion.
First I would like to make a couple of points. Quality of the oils is paramount. I would NOT recommend using essential oils from the health food store in the ways I describe! The truth is that upwards of 95-97% of the essential oils on the market are not fit for therapeutic use.
The oils I use from Young Living have proven themselves to me over the last 8 1/2 years. And I have many friends who have safely and successfully used Young Living essential oils during pregnancies. Anyone who hyperventilates over pregnant women using essential oils has probably had experience with the negative effects of cheaper oils.
There are a couple of exceptions. I am avoiding clary sage until the last month when it’s OK to use in order to help the body prepare for childbirth, as well as sage oil. These oils are estrogenic and could theoretically induce premature labor.
Also, I am not using large amounts of essential oils that might be appropriate for somebody dealing with cancer or on a cleanse.
Lastly, essential oils are MUCH safer than drugs, and true therapeutic-grade essential oils such as YL oils are very safe for use during pregnancy.
Essential Oils & My Pregnancy with Baby Boy Hovdal
I can’t imagine going through this pregnancy without my essential oils! But you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy the benefits of essential oils! For a stiff low back, especially first thing in the morning, I have enjoyed applying a couple drops of Idaho Blue Spruce on site. It also happens to be a natural mood booster, PLUS is smells HEAVENLY!
To help me wind down at night and enjoy more restful sleep, I have used Balance oil on my feet before bed. When I use this oil, I seem to feel extra rested the next morning! Peace & Calming and lavender would also be good choices for enhancing restful sleep.
During pregnancy it’s normal to gain extra weight on the thighs and hips. I guess that’s Mother Nature’s way to ensure the pregnant woman won’t get too skinny during pregnancy or while nursing. Since I am in no danger of getting too skinny at this point, I have enjoyed using Cel-Lite Magic massage oil on my thighs and hips to help tone and minimize dimply fat! Citrus Fresh would be another great choice for that!
I just got back from my sister’s house, and right after I left one of her kids was diagnosed with strep throat. When I started to get a sore throat at the end of my visit, I began using Thieves spray right on my throat. I layered Thieves, oregano, and frankincense oils on my feet. I never got fully sick, and my sore throat went away completely and never came back after doing this a few times.
One pregnancy side effect is unusually excessive sinus congestion, and that has definitely been the case for me! I use R.C. and Breathe Again oils dabbed or rolled onto my sinuses whenever I need to, and they work great to open up my nasal passageways!
Last year I made an after-shower body oil with essential oils that I have been using daily. I’ve noticed that any stretch marks I’ve gotten so far (I am prone to stretch marks) have faded very quickly. As my pregnancy progresses, I will also make a stretch mark cream with coconut oil with lavender and geranium oils.
I use delicious and refreshing orange oil in my smoothies for flavor as well as antioxidants! I use En-R-Gee and EndoFlex oils over my adrenal glands (upper mid back) to support my stressed adrenals. And lastly, I am using about a drop of Progessence Plus a day to minimize my risk of miscarriage.
I have been really blessed during this pregnancy that I haven’t experienced any major problems. I did have some morning sickness mostly during the second half of the first trimester. I also had some fatigue in the first trimester. But overall, I have not had any serious health concerns. If I had, I would have more tools at my disposal with the oils!!
I would like to think that my attention to my diet including eating 8-10 servings of vegetables and fruits per day, minimizing sugar and grains, drinking plenty of high-quality filtered water has helped. I would also like to think that the cleanse I did before getting pregnant was helpful, as well as the past 9 years of mostly clean eating. I am also taking a variety of nutritional supplements including NingXia Red, Young Living’s True Source vitamins, Vitamin C, herbal iron, liquid minerals, methylated folate, and others.
For people new to essential oils, it can be a bit overwhelming just getting started. I recommend starting with the 10 oils in the Essential Oil Survival Kit. For the same 10 oils plus an additional free oil called Stress Away and a free essential oil diffuser valued at $98, enroll as a wholesale member with Young Living and get the Premium Starter Kit. With this selection you will also get 24% off any purchases you make through your Young Living account! And this month I’ll also throw in a free hard copy of my book “101 Uses for 9 Essential Oils in a Disaster”!
Lastly, for more comprehensive information on using essential oils as well as herbs, reflexology, acupressure, and more for issues during pregnancy, childbirth, and with babies, get my ebook The Essential Survival Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, & Infant Care!
Whether you are pregnant or not, I hope you found the information in today’s article to be helpful!
- Julie =)
Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines. In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.
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