Here are 6 simple and easy Essential Oil Recipes for Postpartum Care that you didn’t know you needed! Mix them up and have them packed up in your go-bag, you’ll be glad you did!Essential Oil Recipes for Postpartum Care

We’ve got our hospital bag packed, the baby’s diaper bag all ready and waiting and we’ve had not one, but TWO false starts this week. With that said, our hospital bag, along with all the goodies we’re toting in it, has been ready and riding around in the car with us! Today I’m taking a minute to share what I’ve packed in my bag for taking care of me AND baby in the hospital and a few essential oil recipes for postpartum care that you didn’t even know you needed. Some of these items will just be to help you along, and some items are to replace other things you may have used previously.Essential Oil Recipes for Postpartum Care

Postpartum Soothing Spray

You will need:

Witch Hazel (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, oil-balancing, moisturizing, and a natural astringent)

Aloe Vera (often referred to as nature’s miracle plant… helps on contact to hydrate, heal, and repair skin)

Frankincense Essential Oil (helps to heal any tears, broken skin and irritation; it also prevents scarring)

Clary Sage Essential Oil (is an effective anti-fungal, helps to re-tone the area and also relieves pain and cramping)

Lavender Essential Oil (calms swelling or inflammation of the skin, supports regeneration)

Geranium Essential Oil (helps heal broken capillaries, conditions skin)

Small Spray Bottle (great for products that need to be applied by misting)

What to Do

Simply fill the spray bottle half way with witch hazel, then add 5-10 drops of each essential oil. Add in about 4 tablespoons of aloe vera and top off with witch hazel until full. Shake to combine the ingredients together in the spray bottle. Once you’re ready to use post-baby, keeping it refrigerated will help to increase the “cooling relief” of the aloe and makes it even more refreshing.

Another use is to use the mixture to create “padsicles” by spraying down feminine pads until damp (not soaked), then rewrap pads and store in the freezer until needed. The combination of witch hazel, essential oils and cooling effect is a lethal pain-relieving combination!

The witch hazel acts as a toner on the swollen area (it’s also the main, active ingredient in Tucks pads, which were always a lifesaver for me… this is my natural alternative!). The aloe vera soothes and relieves further swelling and discomfort. And of course, the oils do all kinds of their own work as mentioned above.

 

Pain Relief Roller Bottle

You will need:

Lavender Essential Oil (Analgesic, Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antiparasitic and much more.)

White Fir Essential Oil (Used for tense muscles, fever, chills, coughs, and help with the bodies natural defense system.)

Fractionated Coconut Oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil is broken down to smaller molecules, whereas unrefined coconut oil is not. Many people love Fractionated Coconut Oil due to the fact that is is always liquid and it has a nearly indefinite shelf life.)

Roller Bottle 

What to Do

Fill the roller bottle about three quarters full with the essential oils and top off with fractionated coconut oil. You don’t have to dilute, but I prefer to when making roller bottles. Just apply a directly to the abdomen for post-contractions and pain. These are both very gentle oils so if your baby touches your belly, these oils won’t be too harsh for the baby’s tender skin.

Post contractions are inevitable and it’s commonly accepted that they intensify after each delivery or subsequent pregnancy. Your uterus has grown and expanded for the past nine months, and so for the next 4-6 weeks postpartum, you’ll feel it contracting back down to it’s normal size. Many times it’s more intense during breastfeeding as well, so keep this roller handy for relief!

 

Nipple Cream

You will need:

Base Salve (100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil & Vitamin E)

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil 

Small Container

What to Do

Scoop base salve into small container until almost full, add in 5-10 drops of essential oil and mix well. Roman Chamomile oil is said to work best with emotions, nervous system and skin and has a very therapeutic, calming effect on the skin. This oil is also antibiotic and anti inflammatory in nature which is great for the sensitive nipple area during those first few weeks of nursing when issues like pain, tenderness, dryness, etc can arise. Plus with this, there’s no need to wash off the area before breastfeeding (I would use after a feeding to sooth nipple area and then it will be well absorbed by time to nurse again).

 

Baby Massage Oil

You will need:

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil 

Lavender Essential Oil 

-Empty Essential Oil Bottle or Dropper Bottle

What to Do

Add 10 drops of each essential oil to dropper bottle and then fill with fractionated coconut oil. The healing properties of all the oils are so great, soothing and calming for babies skin. Perfect for baby massage, after-bath moisturizer, great for dropping on umbilical cord at diaper changing, using as a diaper “cream” during diaper changes, etc. The frankincense is also a very grounding and stabilizing oil, which is why it has been used for centuries to “anoint” the babies head after the trauma of delivery.  

 

Labor Massage Oil

You will need:

Fractionated Coconut Oil

-15 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

-10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil 

-5 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

-Empty Essential Oil Bottle or Dropper Bottle

What to Do

Add essential oils to dropper bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil. Clary Sage is an oil to avoid during pregnancy, but when it’s time for labor, this oil can release oxytocin in the brain and help to trigger and stimulate contractions. The Lavender helps to ease tension and anxiety while Ylang Ylang oil produces a calm and uplifting atmosphere. The combination of these oils rubbed on your abdomen and back during labor will help to calm you while keeping contractions going and stimulated. You can even replace the Lavender or Ylang Ylang with other oils that are calming if you prefer. Mix this one up and save it for those signs of labor starting!

 

Jet Lag Diffuser Blend

You will need:

Peppermint Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Diffuser

What to Do

You can premix this diffuser blend by adding equal drops of each oil to a dropper bottle, or have the individual oils with you to drop in the diffuser. This is one of my personal all-time favorite blends because it’s really refreshing, uplifting and invigorating while still calming the nerves. I call it my jet-lag blend, so what better blend to take and have on hand for labor?! You can find a list of some other great diffuser blends here as well. 🙂Essential Oil Recipes for Postpartum Care Essential Oil Recipes for Postpartum Care

A couple of extras I have with me is our DIY essential oil sanitizing spray (I use it on everything… hands, tables, handles, phones, etc!) and an Immune Boosting roller bottle made with fractionated coconut oil and Shield Blend Essential Oil to use on our feet. 

Hopefully this helps get your bag ready to go in a natural and helpful way! Do you have essential oils that you’ve used for labor or postpartum care? Feel free to share, we’d all love to hear more. And good luck mama!

XO

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