Aromatherapy is a method of using oils that have been extracted from the herb itself on the body. It helps us to feel fresh, relaxed and happy. The term aromatherapy is derived from aroma that is fragrance and therapy which means treatment or healing.
During pregnancy, aromatherapy has been proved to be extremely beneficial, safe and helpful alternative as they go through a large number of physical changes which often makes them achy, stressed, anxious and vulnerable.
Some essential oils like chamomile, cypress, peppermint, marjoram should be avoided in the first semester as a precautionary measure. Essential oils like basil, clary sage, cajeput, cypress, niaouli, myrrh and rosemary are acceptable in the second half of pregnancy but should be totally avoided in the first half.
Again some essential oils like cedarwood, ginger, eucalyptus, bergamot, peppermint, geranium, black pepper, orange bitter, rose otto, rosewood, sandalwood, tea tree, lemon, lavender, spearmint, pine, ylang ylang can be used all through pregnancy.
Take a look how some common pregnancy related problems can be avoided with aromatherapy.
Morning Sickness: For the treating of the problem of morning sickness, essential oils like ginger, lemon, pine, spearmint, sweet orange etc are extremely important.
The would-be mother can put any of the above two oils in a hanky and inhale the perfume. The aroma of the same helps to relieve the person of the morning sickness.
Mood swings: Emotional imbalances are a part and parcel of the would-be mother. Sometimes, the mother could be extremely happy that she is going to give birth to a child while at other times she is prone to get frustrated at the extra weight she has to carry all the time.
This mood swings can be taken care of with the help of aromatherapy. Essential oils like rose otto, lavender, frankincense and geranium helps in the combating of the mood swings.
Inflammation: Chamomile essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve muscle aches and common pain.