Aromatherapy can be hugely beneficial to you during your pregnancy. It could help you relax and reduce your anxiety. Essential oils can also help during labour and the postnatal period. There are however somethings to bear in mind.
- Let your GP and Midwife know that you are planning on using aromatherapy.
- Seek advice from a qualified aromatherapist, there are some components in essential oils that are not suitable for use in pregnancy and as they are natural organic substances, they will pass through the placenta to your baby, so it is essential you use a suitable dilution. A qualified aromatherapist will be able to ‘prescribe’ a bespoke selection of essential oils to suit your individual needs.
- It is vital to ensure that any essential oils that you buy are good quality and purchased from a reputable seller. Did you know that more Lavender oil is sold a year than could be made?! Beware of synthetic oils.
- Essential oils can be used in many ways, but please never use neat on your skin. You can also use them for diluted for massage, in a diffuser and in a relaxing bath.
Most importantly enjoy using Aromatherapy during your pregnancy, even if it’s just for relaxation.
Top Tip: Mandarin is safe to use throughout pregnancy and has a range of benefits, from relaxation, mood boosting and anxiety relieving.