AROMATHERAPY IN PREGNANCY “I experienced a deeply supportive, gentle maternal flow betweenmyself, Elgiva, and the growing force of nature in my belly.She created a warm, safe, incubated refuge that I could release in,allowing my body to be deeply soothed, held, rocked and heard.” (L.S. 2012) As a baby grows, its mother’s body adapts to accommodate the young life it carries. This involves changes on all levels, including physical and emotional transition as the mother adapts to her new role and her changing shape. Aromatherapy can be very effective for pregnant women. Taking time to stop, relax and receive a massage with pure fragranced oils benefits the recipient in several ways. Firstly it directs attention to the body and out of the head; our bodies appreciate attention and respond by relaxing, and mine always feels a sense of relief when it is massaged. Secondly when I’m around Essential Oils I breathe more deeply - they smell so good I want more, and inhaling delicious scents makes me feel happy. Thirdly, being pregnant sometimes provokes mixed and confused feelings, and additionally, physical difficulties can occur, for example sickness, oedema, backache and sciatica, to name a few. It is also tiring to grow a baby. There are Essential Oils which can target these problems, which are safe to use on pregnant women, and which can bring relief from the problem.
AROMATHERAPY DURING BIRTH Essential Oils can be used in preparation for, and during, your baby’s birth. Please contact Elgiva for more information on this.
AROMATHERAPY AFTER THE BIRTH Essential Oils can be used effectively after the baby’s birth to support mother and baby. Both mother and baby are sensitive and only small quantities must be used.
To aid relaxation Oils may be added to a burner, or added to a bath, and indeed Essential Oils can promote healing where stitches have been needed.
“You do not need to have worked with essential oils on a daily basis over many years to come to the realisation that nature has provided mankind with a tremendously powerful and diverse material medica. Some of the healing that has taken place under their influence would be called miraculous if we didn’t have the scientific basis for explaining how the oils work.” (Valerie Ann Worwood, The Fragrant Pharmacy, Bantam, 1990.)