Lavender essential oil is extracted from the steam installation of flowers and the top of the wort lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). It is considered to be one of the safest of all the essential oils used in aromatherapy. Lavender can be a big help for a pregnant mother, but it's a powerful oil and care should be taken when using it during pregnancy. It should never be used as a substitute for medical treatment, or without consultation with your doctor.
Although lavender is classified as one of the safest oils are not recommended for use during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Says the website Expected: "Avoid using oils in the first 3 months, unless advised by an expert not assume that just because they are natural, they are automatically safe.". Lavender is classified as an emmenagogue, meaning it can encourage menstruation, slightly increased the risk of spontaneous abortion. But in the later stages of pregnancy, lavender is used to great effect.
Stretch Mark Remedy
Stretch marks can appear in the later stages of pregnancy on the upper thighs and abdomen. To prevent them and to reduce their appearance, combining four drops lavender with three drops of each of neroli and mandarin oil in a carrier of 50 ml of jojoba oil and gently massage into the skin on a daily basis.
Lavender for stress and insomnia
Lavender is one of the best oils to use to combat the daily stresses and strains of late pregnancy. According to Esoteric Oils: "Lavender oil has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieve tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines, and insomnia." To help sleep, place a tissue with two drops of lavender oil on it beside your pillow, or add a few drops to a burner and space in the bedroom for 15 minutes before bedtime.
Lavender can be a great help during childbirth, as both a soothing oil and as a painkiller. To combat pain, combining four drops lavender with three each of Roman chamomile and tangerine oils in a carrier of 50 ml of jojoba oil. Rub gently into the spine to help relieve labor pains. Warning: Lavender should not be used in labor at the same time as Pethidine or epidural, or with Oxytocin / Pitocin infusions, as it can interfere with their function.
According to the International Federation of Aromatherapists, "a common practice in some maternity wards is to offer a lavender bath (6-8 drops in a carrier added to a warm bath) to the woman after the birth of the child." This is due to the antiseptic, analgesic and calming relaxing properties of oil, which helps to relax the mother after birth, relieve pain and prevent infection. The bath will also facilitate other conditions such as hemorrhoids, sore or cracked nipples, and poor breast milk supply.