Self Care


Using Essential Oils Safely

Essential Oils Tallahassee

You hear a lot about essential oils in the birth world. No matter which brand of essential oils you use, or WHEN you are using, please make sure you are using them SAFELY. Like REALLY safely.

What does this mean? Do not use essential oils willy-nilly or solely based on what the manufacturing company says. Seek out what aromatherapists say about that particular oil for your particular situation – small children, pregnancy, or whatever stage your family is in.

As a doula, I am not trained to use essential oils during labor but have had many, many clients who have used them to ease labor pains and discomforts. I am totally cool with whatever families choose for themselves and I personally love using lemon oil while cleaning and even used the same during transition to help ease my nausea!

If you need more info on what essential oils are safe for your family, check out Using Essential Oils Safely‚Äč or their Facebook group: FB.com/groups/UsingEOsSafely/

According to the aromatherapists at Learning about EOs, “Pregnant women need to be especially careful when using essential oils, as some oils are never okay to use during pregnancy.” Two books I’ve seen frequently mentioned while researching EO use for my family are Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child and Natural Babycare. Here are direct links for more information about essential oils for my typical audience:

Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Essential Oils and Children

The takeaway from this I really, really want you to get, is that we all need to be doing our own research on the oils we are interested in BEFORE we buy them, getting the information from sources that are not looking for our business. These oils, even though they’re natural, they have strong medicinal properties and should be treated with respect and caution just as you would any other medicines for your children – and yourselves!


Pregnancy Guided Meditation from Mama and Baby Love

Have you ever meditated? If you’re like me, I had it in my mind that meditation was difficult, but that isn’t true!

Meditation isn’t as hard, and learning how to meditate can be especially easy with a good guide. And since this blog focuses on pregnancy and related topics, I thought you all might appreciate trying out one of Stephanie Brandt Cornais‘ guided meditations from mamaandbabylove.com.

Here is a guided meditation for pregnancy:

Let me know what you think!

Click here if you’re interested in more of the wonderful things she has to offer, especially her new eCourse “How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed.”

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