New mums have it tough. Recovering from birth, dealing with sleep deprivation, and being completely consumed by the joy of a newborn combine to leave a new mum exhausted and a little stressed. If you are a new mum, or have a close friend or relative who has recently given birth, check out these helpful tips for aromatherapy use for new mothers.
Reduce stress and aid sleep
The stress and sleeplessness associated with being a new parent can be very debilitating if left untreated. Many new mothers find using essential oils can help them feel more relaxed throughout the day, and promote healthy sleep when insomnia hits. Lavender oil is a tried and tested popular favourite for stress reduction, and can be used for both mother and child for a variety of purposes. You may also like to try chamomile, valerian or lemon balm for combatting insomnia. Your local aromatherapy professional can recommend the ideal essential oil for your personal sleep or stress situation.
While breastfeeding is one of the most natural things a human can do, it can also be very challenging for many new mums. Aromatherapy can be used successfully to support lactation by encouraging lactation, or even simply by relieving stress symptoms which can limit some mew mothers' milk supply. Sweet fennel oil can be diluted in bath water or a carrier oil to help boost milk flow; however, it is not encouraged as a long term solution. Mastitis symptoms can also be relieved using a combination of essential oils to reduce pain and inflammation. Peppermint, geranium, roman chamomile and rose may all be useful. If you're suffering from mastitis, ask your aromatherapist to whip up an essential oil combination ideal for massage or bathing to treat your symptoms.
Combat postnatal depression
Many Australian women struggle with postnatal depression, and if you are personally finding yourself feeling depressed or incapable of controlling your emotions, contact your health professional immediately for advice and treatment. Essential oils can be used to support new mums with postnatal depression; however, seeking advice from your aromatherapist on which oils to use and combine is encouraged. Jasmine essential oil can promote feelings of optimism, while calming stress and exhaustion. Rose essential oil can help to treat hormonal imbalances, used either in an oil burner, in bath water, or diluted in a carrier oil for remedial massage.
It is highly recommended that you seek professional guidance when using any essential oils around newborn babies, to ensure they are safe and effective. For more information and expert advice on safely using essential oils after giving birth, book an appointment with your local trusted aromatherapy oils professional.