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.This recipe for labor massage oil is the perfect way to do just that.
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Labor Massage Oil
I used this oil during the birth of my first (read our birth story here) and it helped to relax me, and keep my contractions consistent.
- Lavender eases 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 is recommended to avoid in early pregnancy.
Labor Massage Oil Recipe
Recommended for use during final week of pregnancy and during labor.
This recipe uses a dilution ratio of 1%, which is recommended during pregnancy.
- 2 Ounce Glass bottle
- 7 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- Carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil
Combine essential oils in glass bottle and fill to top with carrier oil. Shake to mix oils.
Massage into abdomen and back before or during labor to promote contractions and relaxation.
Don’t like the smell of lavender or ylang ylang? No problem. Feel free to substitute whatever other oils you find relaxing – just make sure to keep Clary Sage in the recipe.
Enjoy and breathe deep, mama. You got this!