Aromatherapy is a method of treatment in which pleasant smells are inhaled thus stimulating the limbic area of the brain, releasing neurochemicals into the bloodstream and promoting relaxation in the body.
Enthusiasts cite that such pleasant smells in the right combination can stimulate the body’s production of endorphins (the body’s own analgesic) and decrease the feeling of pain. It is no wonder why essential oils are often packed in the labor bag. I personally swear by them. I received training in the safe use of aromatherapy when I used to co-own a business of handmade soap and body products called Body Gourmet. I also used to live in England where aromatherapy and homeopathy are readily used in many situations.
Essential oils are natural and derived from plants. They can help you relax. Notice how your facial muscles soften and your breathing slows when you inhale the scents. Instead of jerky breaths, you will become calm and with slow rhythmic breathing. There is no doubt that certain combinations of smells can cover up the odors found in the hospital environment and make it more pleasant for you and those in the room with you. I know that when we have just subtle scent of essential oils in the delivery room, the nurses often comment on how ‘peaceful and calming’ the environment smells…if aromatherapy also helps relax the nursing staff then even more of a reason to not labor without it.
Although a variety of essence oils can be used, the most safe and effective oil to use is LAVENDER essential oil (EO). It is my personal favorite. Lavender can be put directly onto your skin. It can be used alone or in combination with other oils. However, I’m […]