Aromatherapy For Pregnancy DiscomfortsIt makes sense that with such a heightened sense of smell during pregnancy, aromatherapy could be helpful. Because of my enhanced sense of smell, I realized how may things may actually be toxic out there. I believe nausea is your body's way of telling you to stay away from something.
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For example, when I was near one of those plug-in air fresheners, I would almost always gag and almost throw up....I'm sure it was filled with tons of toxic chemicals. Here is a site which explains how aromatherapy can help in pregnancy:
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Morning sickness is one of the most common problems to occur in early pregnancy.
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Applying the digestive blend to the outer rim of the ear, behind the ear (on the mastoid bone) and around the navel, as well as taking 1-2 drops as a nutritional supplement, can be very helpful.
Another oil you could use is peppermint. Placing a few drops of this oil in a bowl of hot water and inhaling the vapors provides excellent results. Just be certain to keep your eyes closed while inhaling. Peppermint contains menthol, and its vapors, if too concentrated, can sting the eyes.
If you're confident of the quality of your oils, placing a drop or two of peppermint oil on your tongue, and letting it dissolve there before swallowing is also helpful. However, unless the oil is Grade A, AFNOR-certified, do not take internally. It may contain chemical adulterants that you would not want in your system — or in your child's.
Patchouli and spearmint are also helpful. Apply behind the ears and over the abdomen. They may also be taken as dietary supplements.
Relaxation and Rejuvenation
Scenting the air can be very relaxing or rejuvenating, and it's easy to do. Just add 2 to 6 drops of therapeutic-grade essential oil to a mister bottle, and spray it into the room. Or, you could put 2 to 4 drops of the oil into a clay diffuser to add a soft fragrance to the air. Actually, just putting a few drops of oil behind your ears or on your chest will diffuse the oil very nicely.
As a simple alternative to this, you can do what I do: When I'm trying to relax, or am having trouble sleeping, I'll put 2 to 6 drops of a gentle essential oil, such as lavender, on a cotton ball and place it on my pillow. Sometimes, since it's non-staining, I put lavender on my hand, and then rub my hand over the pillow. You can also drop the oil directly on the pillow. This creates a very soothing, balancing effect.
But, something that's very important to remember: When diffusing essential oils, never heat the oils. It will change their chemical structure, fracturing the delicate aromatic molecules, possibly changing a very therapeutic oil into something quite toxic. (Remember, a therapeutic-grade oil is always distilled at low temperatures to preserve the chemical integrity of the oil. It makes no sense to burn an oil that is so carefully crafted. See the article What's so wrong with my scented candle? for more details.) Always use a cold-air diffuser. Heating the oils with a candle or potpourri burner — or an electrical charge — is not diffusing. It's not even aromatherapy.