Many mums-to-be find aromatherapy helpful in easing some of the uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy. These include backache, nausea, water retention and swollen ankles. I have used aromatherapy to help me with all of these problems during pregnancy, as well as helping me to unwind and give myself a little pampering at the end of a long day. Aromatherapy uses essential oils, which are highly concentrated substances extracted from plants. They are powerful, so it’s important to use them sparingly, but some are safe and beneficial to use during pregnancy. If you want to use aromatherapy oils during pregnancy, there are a few rules you should observe as not all oils are suitable for use at this time:
When you are pregnant, your skin can change drastically, and can be far more sensitive than usual. For this reason, I would recommend that you patch test all aromatherapy products during pregnancy, even if they are products you have enjoyed pre pregnancy.
It is wise to go to a qualified practitioner.
Only use one or two drops of essential oil at a time.
Dilute the essential oil by mixing the drops with at least a teaspoon (5ml) of a base oil before you add it to a bath or massage it into your skin. Grapeseed oil, olive or sweet almond oil work well as base oils.
If you add drops of the oil to a vaporiser, don’t leave it on for longer than 10 or 15 minutes in each hour. If you leave it on for too long, the smell can be overpowering and make you feel nauseous.
It’s best to start using essential oils once you are past the first trimester. If you use them in the first trimester, always consult a qualified aromatherapist .
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