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Natural Birth With Essential Oils


Author: Marika H.
Skill: Aromatherapist
Date: 09-29-2005
Views: 8,494
Word Count: 374
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 998-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 3

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I was very lucky to have experienced a healthy pregnancy. So when my waters broke it was all stations go with an intense 5 hour labour. A few days before I had written a list in order of progession what oils to apply where and at what stage during the labour. I gave this to my mum (my second birth partner) to follow. Here's how it went:

As soon as we got to the birth centre mum put Peace & Calming into the electric oil diffuser which calmed us all almost instantly. I used Emergency Essence (Australian Bush Flower Remedy) for oral pain relief and calming. I changed the glass dropper to a plastic one for safer bite ability.

I was in the bath for a lot of the time so we put one drop of Frankincense into the bath to help the perineum to soften. When I had the urge to push, I only needed to push seven times before she came out in one swoop.

We immediately annointed the babys' head with Frankincense and once the chord stopped pulsing it was cut and we applied Myrrh to what was still attached to our little girl. This was applied daily to the base of the attached chord until day 4 when it fell off.

I was helped out of the bath and I lay down the deliver the placenta, then my mum did Vita Flex with valour on my feet to possibly help with the trauma my spine went through and applied Peace & Calming on my shoulders and heart in the hope of relaxing me and our new baby when I cuddled her up on my shoulder.

I suffered no stitches or tearing, breast feeding was a dream, no back pain and I went for my first run when she was about 8 weeks old.

My daughter is a happy, healthy child who really only cries when it's time to sleep (or when she doesn't get her own way).

I was so fortunate to be introduced to these oils by my best friend and I will do exactly the same as above for my next birth God willing except I may add a few more things in since reading this fabulous website.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: postpartum β€” "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
2.Associated topics: childbirth,pregnancy,postpartum β€” "The methods of aromatherapy were applied sitz bath or soap application using essential oils with Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, and Roman Chamomile.... [T]hese findings indicate that postpartum aromatherapy for perineal care could be effective in healing the perineum."Link
3.Associated topics: childbirth β€” β€œThe main constituent of the essential oils of Fennel and anise, anethole, has been considered to be the active estrogenic agent... [and has] been reputed to...increase milk secretion, promote menstruation, facilitate birth, alleviate the symptoms of the male climacteric, and increase libido."Link

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