EO's for the Delivery Room
In a study of 585 women in labor, 68% found essential oils to be effective in decreasing pain and duration of labor, and increasing a sense of wellbeing.
Lavender: Lavender has analgesic properties that help to soothe pregnancy pangs. The gentle aroma is calming to the sense. Lavender is best diffused in the labor and delivery room, which will help everyone involved in the labor and delivery process.
Frankincense: Frankincense encourages relaxation, which is always welcome during the stress of labor. Inhale the aroma from the bottle, or use an aromatherapy inhaler.
Roman Chamomile: Chamomile is known for its soothing, analgesic, and antispasmodic properties which helps to relieve pain and calm laboring mamas.
Mandarin: Mandarin is a particularly good choice for those middle in the night deliveries. It is high in limonene, and is uplifting, which also aids in a more enjoying labor.
Clary Sage: Women who were given Clary Sage through inhalation experienced a significant reduction in pain and duration of labor, even more so than the women who were given Jasmine through inhalation.
A Word to the Wise: Not all of these oils are safe for pregnancy before labor. Always check with your doctor or aromatherapist concerning your own personal needs. Also, we do not recommend the use of oils in a birthing tub. We suggest using a diffuser instead.