A New Mom's Intro to Essential Oils: Three Oils You Need Now
Nothing can compare to the joys of motherhood. You bring home a new human, that your body created, and they fill a familiar space with new feelings of love and joy but also tons of exhaustion and anxiety. Here are three essential oils you didn't know you needed but will be your go-to while adjusting to your new life.
Evening Primrose Oil
Native to North America, evening primrose flowers get their name from the fact that they bloom at night. This oil is commonly used in skincare products that target conditions such as eczema and rosacea because of it's anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It's nourishing benefits make it no surprise that this oil is also effective at beautifully healing vaginal trauma after pregnancy. Evening primrose oil is safe for direct application or can be used in addition to your favorite personal care products. Adding this oil to your recovery routine has been shown to speed up the healing process.
It gets better! This oil is a fantastic alternative to nipple balms and treatments to help heal sore, painful nipples while breastfeeding. This oil will be your all-in-one go-to during your first few months as a new mom, guaranteed. Not to mention it's also an amazing oil for easing menstrual cramps, PMS and menopause pain. Evening primrose should not be used during pregnancy as it has been shown to have negative effects.
One of the many "gifts" women inherit during pregnancy are disruptions to their digestive system and GI tract. Getting back to your normal self can feel so far away, but adding 1-2 drops of Omega-3 rich flaxseed oil to your diet is a real game changer and effective way to speed up recovery on your self care journey. Using flaxseed as a dietary supplement can hep with constipation, gas and bloating - but can cause them when used in excess, so be sure to stick to the recommended amount!
Milk supply is a topic most women are sensitive about as there is a lot of anxiety surrounding the topic. Flaxseed contains phytoestrogens that influence milk production and have been said to increase milk supply when lactating. Using this oil also has a positive affect on the mind and body, easing depressive feelings caused by postpartum depression.
Popular for it's soothing and calming capabilities, chamomile has been used for centuries for postpartum personal care and is a staple for nurseries and diaper bags. When diffused, chamomile creates a relaxing atmosphere and helps with feelings of depression, anxiety and restlessness when trying to sleep. Adding a few drops of this oil to sanitary pads has been shown to aid in recovery after labor. The oil provides a soothing sensation that provides immediate relief to the pain.
Chamomile is one of the only oils safe enough for use on babies. It's sedating effects have been known to help babies fall asleep, helpful oil for colic in babies. Try this: Mix 2 drops of chamomile, 3 drops of lavender and water in a spray bottle to create a calming mist for bassinets and cribs.