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Using Lavender Essential Oil in Labor

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The one thing that was very normal about my labor with my first little Oilist was that it was exciting in the beginning and exhausting at the end. As I began to prepare for the pushing stage of labor, I began feeling weak and short of breath.

My midwife rummaged through my hospital bag in search of something to help me relax. What she pulled out didn’t surprised me. She opened my bottle of lavender essential oil and had me take deep breaths of it in between contractions. It made such a difference as I was better able to relax and let my body do its work.

Soon I wasn’t the only one taking belly breaths of lavender. Those dear middle-of-the-night delivery nurses were also taking turns smelling…as well as my midwife…as well as her assistant…as well as my husband.

Just before 1am my little girl was finally born. All the work, all the pain and all the concern was behind me and I could just cuddle my new baby – a baby, who was born into an excited and relaxed room which smelled to me like a blossoming field of lavender.

Lavender EO

That is how I used my lavender essential oil during labor and delivery. Here are some other ways to consider using lavender essential oil during birth:

  • Heat a crockpot and fill with water, 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil and a dozen washcloths. Have your coach keep a steady stream of warm, wrung out wash cloths coming to place over you tummy during contractions. Sometimes this damp heat along with the calming benefits of lavender can help a laboring mother tremendously…especially during transition.
  • Have coach rub diluted lavender essential oil into aching lower back
  • Massage sore, tired legs with lavender oil
  • After birth, mist lavender bed spray (recipe coming soon!) on the blankets or sheets to make for a peaceful sleep for mommy and baby (test fabric first).

Sparkling Strawberry Limeade

Strawberry Limeade

This is such a refreshing summer drink. It isn’t overly sweet, but it is so cool, so fresh and so yummy. My little Oilist can’t get enough of it and my dear guy gave it two thumbs up! This is the perfect drink to keep on hand when you want “cheat food,” but even more you want to eat well… and have that food taste good.

I love to serve this drink with our favorite Mexican meals. The tartness of the limes along with the sweetness of the strawberries is a winning combination. Add to that the “fizzyness” of the carbonated water, and it is the perfect drink for along side your tacos, tamales or enchiladas.

Sparkling Strawberry Limeade

For the Strawberry Syrup:

8 oz. strawberries, hulled

1/4 cup natural honey (or maple syrup)

1/4 cup filtered water

Strawberry Limeade

Combine strawberries with honey and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat until the strawberries are soft and the juices are bubbling. This will take about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let mixture sit for 20 minutes.

Strawberry Limeade

Strain through a fine mesh sieve (pressing hard on the solids to extract as much juice as possible) and refrigerate syrup until it is completely cool.

Strawberry Limeade

For the Sparkling Strawberry Limeade:

1 batch of Strawberry Syrup, divided

6 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided

6 drops of Lime Vitality essential oil, divided

Sparkling water

Ice for serving

Strawberry Limeade

Place 2 tablespoons of the Strawberry Syrup in the bottom of a glass, along with 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1 drop of Lime Vitality essential oil. Add ice and top off with about 3 ounces of sparkling water. Repeat with the other glasses, stir, garnish as desired and serve immediately.

Strawberry Limeade

PREP TIME: 40 minutes, plus chill time

SERVES: 6

Strawberry Limeade

Enjoy a glass of this delicious and refreshing drink with your dear ones!