Essential Oils in Pregnancy {YL}

12 essential oil tips for a relaxed pregnancy {Young Living}

Pregnancy has its perks—including people showering you with praise, like “You’re glowing!” and “That baby bump is beautiful!” But sometimes carrying a bun in the oven can be exhausting. Ditch the stress, find ways to relax, and bring on the excitement, because in nine months or less, your little one will arrive!

  1. Relieve tension. Your pregnant body can experience aches and pains. Treat yourself to a prenatal massage or foot rub with the Relaxation™ Massage Oil. Your body will thank you for it!

  2. Drink up. Remember: You’re hydrating for two now. Savor the flavor of minty-fresh water with a drop of Spearmint Vitality essential oil. If you’re in the mood for a taste of citrus, try a drop of Lemon Vitality essential oil!*

  3. Satisfy your taste buds. Sometimes you crave the oddest foods. Treat your taste buds with a healthy snack like our DIY no-bake energy balls.* You can’t go wrong with a burst of tangerine and chocolate—yum!

  4. Refresh your senses. Strong odors can cause terrible nausea during pregnancy. We recommend keeping your favorite essential oil in your purse. When you come across a bad smell, pop out your favorite essential oil—maybe Spearmint; take a sniff and slowly breathe in and out.

  5. Get some sleep. Uncomfortable positions, multiple trips to the restroom, and restless thoughts make pregnancy more exhausting. Try some light stretching before bed and diffuse Peace & Calming® for a nighttime routine.

  6. Prepare early. Avoid the last-minute stress of getting everything baby-ready. Start early and move at an easy pace in the weeks leading up to delivery by washing some clothes, tidying up the nursery, and prepping meals so you can enjoy the last few days before the baby arrives!

  7. Talk it through. You’re going to have a ton of questions about your pregnancy and what to do after your baby arrives. No need to worry; just talk about it. Sit down with your health care practitioner, your mom, or your partner and get all your fears out in the open. Remember: It’s normal to have pre-baby jitters, but you’ll do great!

  8. Pamper your skin. A little bit of pampering makes a big difference during pregnancy. Add some much-needed moisture to your arms, legs, and growing belly with Y L DIY lotion bar. Kick back, listen to relaxing music, and let the moisture sink in!

  9. Find your center. Clear your mind with some light yoga. For an enriching experience, diffuse calming oils like Stress Away™ or Sacred Sandalwood™ to keep your worries at bay.

  10. Put your feet up. If your dogs are barkin’—and I’m not talking about your pet—then treat yourself to a much-needed foot soak. Mix ¼ cup of Epsom salt, 2 drops of Copaiba essential oil, and 2 drops of Lavender essential oil to blend in your bath tub. Dip your feet in for 15-30 minutes and enjoy!

  11. Say encouraging words. The thought of giving birth can be scary. Remind yourself that you’re strong and you can do this! If that doesn’t work, think about cradling that precious babe in your arms; works like a charm!

  12. Enjoy the process. You have a baby on the way, so pin baby clothes on your Pinterest wall, read nursery books, and get excited to meet the little one you’ve been carrying for months.


DIY LOTION BAR

Ingredients

  • ½ cup extra-virgin coconut oil

  • ½ cup beeswax

  • ¼ cup shea butter

  • ¼ cup cocoa butter

  • 15–20 drops essential oil of your choice (we recommend 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 10 drops of Lemon essential oil)

  • Optional: dried lavender and lemon zest for exfoliation

Materials

  • 16-ounce measuring cup

  • Medium-sized saucepan

  • Silicone molds or muffin tin

Directions

  1. Combine coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and cocoa butter in a 16-ounce glass measuring cup.

  2. Place in a pot with water that rises to halfway up the measuring cup

  3. Bring water to a boil, stirring frequently until ingredients are completely melted.

  4. Remove measuring cup from the pot.

  5. Add dried lavender and lemon zest, if desired.

  6. Add essential oils and stir until completely combined.

  7. Immediately pour into molds.

  8. Let sit overnight.

  9. Once cooled, remove the lotion from the molds.

  10. Store in a cool, dry place.


DIY NO BAKE ENERGY BALLS

Fruit’n’Oats Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 32 apricots

  • 1 cup wolfberries

  • ½ cup oat flour

  • 2 drops Grapefruit Vitality™ essential oil

  • ¼ cup quick oats

Instructions

  1. Process apricots in a food processor until they form a thick paste.

  2. Chop wolfberries, add to the apricot mixture, and process.

  3. Mix in oat flour, Grapefruit Vitality essential oil, and oats. The mixture should form a firm dough.

  4. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls.

  5. Store in an airtight container.

Lemon-Basil Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 32 pitted dates

  • ½ cup dried strawberries

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

  • ½ cup quick oats

  • 1 drop Basil Vitality™ essential oil

  • 4 drops Lemon Vitality™ essential oil

Instructions

  1. Process dates and strawberries in a food processor until they form a thick paste.

  2. Mix in chia seeds, oats, and Vitality oils. The mixture should form a firm dough.

  3. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls.

  4. Store in an airtight container.