Labor is intense – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Contractions can be a lot of work – but it’s your body’s way of readying both you and your baby for the moment of birth. Relaxing and releasing tension during labor can help to ease the pain of contractions. What better way to relax than with a massage oil?
I used this oil during the birth of my l’il bub (read our birth story here) and it helped to relax me, and keep my contractions consistent.
Lavender is used to ease feeling of tension or anxiety. It is widely used for it’s relaxing properties. Ylang Ylang promotes a calming atmosphere and helps to provide a positive outlook. Clary Sage may help in the induction of contractions as it stimulates oxytocin in the brain. For this reason, it may be an oil to avoid in early pregnancy.
Feel free to use whatever oil helps you to relax in place of the lavender and ylang ylang, but you will need to keep the clary sage in the blend to aid with contractions.
Clary Sage Labor Massage Oil
- 2 Ounce Glass bottle
- 15 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
- 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
note: this recipe follows a 1 drop to 1 tablespoon dilution recipe. These oils are typically able to be applied NEAT (without dilution) if you wish. Feel free to adjust oil accordingly
Ingredients should be available in most healthfood stores, but can also be purchased through my DoTerra Store.
Combine essential oils in the glass bottle and fill to top with fractionated coconut oil. Shake to mix oils.
Apply to abdomen and back to before or during labor to promote contractions and relaxation.
Bonus! Apply mixture around the armpit and breast area (avoiding nipple and areola) to promote milk production and to expel the placenta.
I ended up having half left after my labor, and still use it as a massage oil since it smells so yummy. Good luck mama!
Other Pregnancy and Postpartum Recipes
- Uplifting Postpartum Room Spray
- Soothing Postpartum Relief Pads
- More Milk Essential Oil Blend
- Labor Massage Oil