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ahisma 07-14-2006 12:38 PM

Aromatherapy in labor
 
I have been planning to use aromatherapy in my labor...but haven't exactly gotten around to researching it yet. Now that the EO swap is open I need to kick this into high gear.

I'm sure some mamas here have done this...what can you recommend? And EO suggestions, recipes, and resources are very much welcomed.

Thanks!

beenwaitingalongtime 07-14-2006 01:45 PM

Re: Aromatherapy in labor
 
I was all about lavendar in labor. I had a neckroll w/ a microwaveable insert that had lavendar and buckwheat in it, which DH would run to the microwave every now and then. I had it on my lower back most of the time (awful back labor!) and behind my neck near the end. My doula tried rubbing a lavendar lotion I mixed up onto me, but I ended up not wanting to be touched. I put some lavendar EO onto a swatch of fabric and smelled it as I was doing my breathing (to the beat of classical lullabies on my iPod). I think I have a pic. w/ the little pillow somewhere:
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h2...e/DSC01790.jpg

I also showered w/ some orange blossom EO-infused body wash to try to renew my energy, but I don't remember smelling it at all...

skayers01 07-17-2006 12:39 AM

Re: Aromatherapy in labor
 
My midwife said that if I got sick to my stomach, they would use spearmint or peppermint oils to ease the queasieness. I didn't need it though.

keegans_mommy 07-17-2006 07:51 AM

Re: Aromatherapy in labor
 
Lavendar! I used it in my bath when in active labor, used it on my pillow to lay down with and such. :)

trinmama 07-17-2006 09:23 AM

Re: Aromatherapy in labor
 
again another one with lavendar...we used it on a warm wet washcloth that my doula either fanned me with or laid it next to my head. i've also heard of chamomile being effective.


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