Hello! My name is Nicole, and I’m the writer behind Children are a Blessing. I’m also an Essential Oil addict, and I’ve almost completed my French Aromatherapy certification through The School for Aromatic Studies. I’ve tried several different brands of oils, and I’ve found that Young Living Essential Oils work the most therapeutically for my family.
I’ve been going through an Explore Essential Oils for Baby and Mom-to-be class in my Oils for Family Facebook group, and I thought y’all might find this information useful too! I will be dividing this class up into two parts. Today I will be discussing essential oils in general, along with information about how they can benefit moms. If you have any questions at all, please just let me know.
So, let’s get started!
First of all, what are essential oils?
• The essential oil of a plant is the volatile liquid which the plant uses to protect and heal itself. We can extract these oils through steam distillation or cold pressing.
• Many people use herbs to enhance wellness; when plants are dried for tea or supplements, 95-97% of the essential oil is lost, as is much of the plant’s capability of helping us to be healthy (and they still are helpful!) By using essential oils, we are getting the complete chemical profile in every drop.
• Essential Oils are very concentrated:
5,000 lbs. of rose petals = one kilo of rose essential oil (that is an entire warehouse full)
Three tons of Melissa to distill into 1 lb. of Melissa oil, which can cost $9,000 – $15,000 a pound.
One drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea.
• Essential oils support a strong body with healthy microbes, promote low levels of inflammation, and support the immune system.
• They are used by the body to support repair and regeneration – molecules in the oil mimic the molecules that your body uses to repair itself.
• They are natural and non-toxic. (Very few oils result in toxicity if large amounts are ingested).
Where do we get essential oils?
• Young Living essential oils are distilled from plants by putting plant material into a large stainless steel cylinder, and running steam up the bottom. The steam picks up the oil sacs from the plants and is taken out through the top of the distiller. The steam is cooled back into water and the oil floats to the top, and can be removed.
• Distilleries can be as large as twenty feet tall and eight feet across. If you fill that with German chamomile (a delicate, fragile plant), you will get about ¼ to ½ a cup of essential oil
• This is why some oils are very expensive. Other oils, like peppermint and lavender, provide more oil in each distillation, so they are less expensive.
• However, 5ml bottles contain about 85-100 drops of EO and the 15ml bottles contain 250-300 drops, and we only use a few drops at a time, so essential oils are actually very economical.
Why is purity so important?
• Purity is really important, because unfortunately, most essential oils (like at health food stores) may be synthetic, adulterated, or diluted, and can actually be toxic to us. Have you ever smelled candles at a candle shop and you’ve gotten a headache right away? They are probably scented with synthetic oils.
• Young Living is dedicated to having the highest quality essential oils in the world. I love Young Living’s Seed to Seal guarantee.
• No pesticides, chemicals, chemical solvents used (these will linger in a product) … Young Living is the only essential oil company to own their own farms (thus able to regulate the entire process) and that you can visit the farms openly and even participate in the harvest. Young Living also works with partner farms which adhere to the Seed to Seal guarantee.
• Properly distilled: plants need to be distilled for a particular amount of time which varies from plant to plant to be able to extract ALL of the health components/compounds. (For example: Cypress; per the Essential Oils Desk Reference, “Cypress requires a minimum of 24 hours distillation at 265F and 5 pounds of pressure to extract most of the therapeutically-active constituents. If distillation time is cut by only two hours, 18 to 20 constituents will be missing from the resulting oil.” – Most commercial cypress oil is distilled for only 2 hours and 15 minutes!)
Why Use Essential Oils?
• Promote health and wellness for the entire family
• Safe, non-toxic
• Natural, organic, not man-made
• Addresses our health on a CELLULAR level – They are not a band-aid.
Essential oils can be a wonderful resource for women throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery, and in the postpartum period. They can also be used safely and effectively with babies. Many studies have shown the importance of avoiding toxins throughout the pregnancy period and the benefits for both mothers and newborns; essential oils can help you to create nontoxic alternatives to commonly used products.
Several Safe Essential Oils That May be Used During Pregnancy Include:
Melaleuca (tea tree)
Essential Oils to Avoid:
There are varying opinions regarding essential oil use during pregnancy. See this post here by Young Living:
How to use Essential Oils Safely During Pregnancy:
• Use a carrier oil when applying topically.
• Use with common sense.
Essential Oils are strong, and my personal rule of thumb is to dilute, dilute, dilute. If the oil you are using is photosensitizing (most citrus oils are), be sure to allow around 12 hours to pass before sun exposure if applied topically.
If you do ingest your oil, I suggest adding one drop to a vegetable capsule, and then filling the rest with olive oil. Other safe options include adding a drop of essential oil to milk or honey. If you add the oil to water without a despersant, you run the risk of irritating the mucous membranes of the digestive tract.
Citrus oils can definitely help the mama-to-be out! They are so uplifting and can settle a queasy tummy. Whenever I’m expecting, I pretty much only drink lemonade throughout my first trimester.
A well rested mama is a happy mama! I personally rub a bit of lavender oil diluted in fractionated coconut oil behind my ears right before bed if I need to relax and sleep well. Young Living offers several blends with lavender that can help you unwind. If you aren’t fond of the smell of lavender, try petitgrain! It is distilled from the bitter orange leaf, and contains many of the same chemical constituents as lavender.
Mama, you are radiant! Take a look at the image above for a fabulous body butter recipe. Lavender and Frankincense are two luxurious oils that I use in my face serum. These two oils are amazing for skin support in general, as well as growing baby bumps!
When pregnant, staying active becomes increasingly difficult. Are you seeking relief from tired muscles? Frankincense and Copaiba work wonders in an epsom salt bath or in a roller ball blend. A few drops should do, a little essential oil goes a long way!
Thieves oil is a mom’s best friend! It’s immune boosting and germ fighting properties are top notch, and make on the go cleaning easy.
Young Living offers many different options that would be perfect for the naturally-minded mom-to-be. I personally would be thrilled to be gifted Gentle Baby Essential Oil or any of the KidScents Products.
Would you like to start using essential oils in your home? A Premium Starter Kit from Young Living is a great place to start. This is what our family decided to purchase, and I’m so glad we did. Once you purchase the kit you are considered a Wholesale Member of Young Living, kind of like Sam’s Club or Costco. You receive a 24% discount on all items, and are eligible to enroll in Young Living’s Essential Rewards program. I look forward to receiving my wellness box each month! If you enroll with Young Living through my enroller/sponsor ID 11037894, you will also receive a welcome kit and lots of support from me.
Next time, we will be talking about all things BABY! I hope to see you soon!