Use of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils during Labor

Posted: February 3, 2010 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Aromatherapy for Labor
The benefits of aromatherapy during labor are immense. Essential oils can make the experience as pleasant and easy as possible for both the mother and the baby by creating a relaxing, comfortable and stress-free environment for labor. Essential oils diffused in the delivery room will help cleanse the air and provide a familiar and welcoming scent for the baby.  Recommended Oils to be used during childbirth are: Lavender and Clary Sage are essential oils that promote peace and relaxation. Inhale this oil between contractions for enhanced strength, stamina and endurance levels during delivery. Labor Massage: As soon as contractions set in, ask your partner or friend to help you with a firm massage onto your lower back.  The combination of aromatherapy and massage will help ease muscular pain and impart a feeling of confidence and reassurance. Have this blend of oils ready at least one week before your due date. 4 oz of carrier oil 8 drops lavender 8 drops clary sage 8 drops geranium 5 drops fennel 5 drops grapefruit Pour ½ teaspoon of your LABOR BLEND on the palm of the hand and massage the lower back as often as needed. I first discovered the therapeutic benefits of this aromatherapy blend when I gave birth to my son. Ever since, I have been able to help many women cope with pregnancy and delivery.  The results have always been consistent – women have reported a general feeling of well-being and confidence.  The aromatic oils infuse a sense of self-assurance and minimize the pain.  The essential oils in this aromatherapy blend  are helpful because they:
  • Relieve anxiety and fear
  • Improve  circulation and breathing
  • Infuse a feeling of “I can do it!”
  • Provide pain relief   in a natural and safe way
  • Help induce contractions
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  • Mom of many

    I have used this blend for the past three pregnancies. It works. And I don’t use it until I am prepared – don’t use this and then expect to have time to get things ready for birth. It has helped me to really bring on productive contractions. My last labor lasted less than thirty minutes. My husband massaged my back at 11:30 with the blend, my contractions began increasing in strength within five minutes, my water broke at 11:40 and the baby was born at 12:00. Seriously. And that is how it has worked for me – very quick labors. Pain free – absolutely not. But not prolonged either.

  • So wonderful to hear that!! Thank you for your comment.

  • Becca

    I am curious as to whether or not this massage blend would be ok to diffuse during labor. Due to some military circumstances, my husband will not be able to join me in the birth of our 2nd child and I have decided to go through it alone…so a diffusing blend is more convenient for me than a massage oil.

  • You can use RADIARE Essential Oil an put 4 drops on a tissue and smell from it. It will help you emotionally and it will help you to be more focused but it won’t help with the contractions. That’s where you need the massage oil.