Sage (Salvia Officinalis)

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Sage stimulates the muscles of the uterus so is only to be used during labour!

Salvia means “to save”. It helps to relieve pain and soothes nerves. Has also been known to save ailing newborns!

Dose

Infusion 2tsp to 1 cup water 3 x a day.

Raspberry Leaves (Rubus Ideas)

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Herbal Remedies - Labour, Herbal Remedies - Third trimester

Raspberry leaf tea strengthens and tones womb tissue, assisting contractions and checking any haemorrhage during labour.

Dose

Infusion 2 tsp to 1 cup water, drink freely

Test if your body needs raspberry leaves by drinking one cup of brew & checking how you feel, if you start to feel period pain type contractions in your belly you don’t need it. Recommended for the last 2 months of pregnancy.

Remedy for Stretchmarks

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Herbal Remedies - Second Trimester, Natural Medicine

Prevention is better than cure, so best to start using this as soon as you start growing!

Mix up a lotion from apricot, almond, olive or peach kernel oil (actually any nut oil is good!) – 50ml

Add up to 15 drops of a mixture of the following essential oils
  • LAVENDER
  • NEROLI
  • ROSE
  • FRANKINCENSE
  • TANGERINE
  • MANDARIN

Apply mixture daily to all stretchy bits, bum, boobs, hips, tummy etc.

Orange (Citrus Sinensis)

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I love to use orange oil, it’s a wonderful tonic which promotes feelings of happiness and warmth.

Smells gorgeous! Raises energy & spirit!

Orange oil’s properties are antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and diuretic. It acts as a lymphatic stimulant, balancing water processes and helping detoxification. Boosts immune system and general wellbeing.

Orange oil, like other citrus oils such as Lemon, Bergamot and Grapefruit, is considered safe for use throughout pregnancy. However these types of citrus oils can cause photosensitivity if applied to the skin (for example, as an ingredient in massage oil) so it is recommended not to expose yourself to direct sunlight for at least twelve hours after application.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga Oderata)

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Ylang Ylang (Cananga Oderata)

Ylang Ylang is great for being warming, instilling confidence & adding extra energy as you enter sweating stage!

It’s very calming and actually helps lower the blood pressure! Also helps with digestion and can help to regulate bowel movements. Helps with fear, depression and shock.

Neroli (Citrus Bigaradia)

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Neroli essential oil improves circulation throughout your body and is a wonderful calming remedy for use during pregnancy and labour.

Neroli helps with fear, restlessness, apprehension, anxiety, depression, overwork & exhaustion! It can help with digestive problems, to balance the emotions, and as an aid to restful sleep (particularly in the third trimester)

Neroli oil also helps promote healthy skin cell regeneration so can be used with a base oil as a stretchmark remedy.

Considered safe for use throughout pregnancy.

Clary Sage (Salvia Sclaria)

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Clary Sage essential oil is soothing & euphoric. It is a good ‘speeder upper’ during labour, promoting regular contractions and helping with breathing.

Clary Sage is an analgesic (helps with pain) and also offers relief from physical & nervous exhaustion.

Caution – Do not use Clary Sage earlier in pregnancy (before labour) as it can induce contractions and potentially cause miscarriage. Not to be confused with Sage oil which is more toxic and should not be used.

Jasmine (Jasminum Officinale)

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Jasmine essential oil is a very valuable oil for childbirth. It speeds up delivery time by strengthening contractions and also helps with pain relief.

Jasmine oil is lactogenic – encourages breast milk production. It is a nervous and emotional tonic and is recommended as a cure for severe depression. It is also considered to balance both male and female hormones. Jasmine is a wonderful oil to have handy for labour, childbirth and after the birth.

Smells beautiful!

Caution – Not to be used in pregnancy until you are just about to give birth / in labour

Disclaimer

Information on this website is not intended to provide diagnosis or prescriptions. It is an informational guide to help you better understand your body, your health, and some of the natural medicines available to you. Keep in mind that while plants are not drugs they can be very powerful, and their effects cannot be guaranteed as they vary from woman to woman.

The remedies, recipes and advice on this website are based on the personal experiences of the authors, however they cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the use of these treatments. If in doubt please do not hesitate to consult an herbal practitioner, midwife, naturopath, physician or gynaecologist.

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