There are a number of symptoms women experience postpartum. When choosing how to support each symptom consider essential oils. Just a reminder, essential oils are not hormones. They cannot become hormones and they cannot replace hormones. But, they CAN support hormones. They are an enormous tool to help support hormone balance. They will be more powerful and effective if combined with other healthy habits.
|Support Symptom||Essential Oil||Purpose||Application|
|Stress||Bergamot||Reduce anxiety, purify the mind||Diffuse, massage into body while showering|
|Stress||Clary Sage||Provides calm, alleviates muscle tension||Diffuse, add 1-2 drops onto pillow, massage with carrier oil* onto the abdomen|
|Stress||Lavender||Soothes the mind, reduce tension||Add 2-3 drops to Epsom salts bath, diffuse|
|Fatigue||Lemon||Promote positive mood, support detoxification||Add 1 drop rubbed in the palms and inhale deeply|
|Fatigue||Rosemary||Energizes the mind, reduces nervous tension||Use with carrier oil and massage into tense muscles|
|Fatigue||Eucalyptus||Clears mind, alleviates nervousness||Diffuse, especially during light exercise, add to shower, add to your favorite body wash|
|Sleep||Cedarwood||Natural sedative, calming for the mind||Diffuse at the end of the day, add 1 drop to nighttime facial moisturizer|
|Sleep||Roman Chamomile||Decrease stress hormones, supports the immune system||Diffuse, inhale directly, dilute with carrier oil and apply to soles of feet|
|Sleep||Vetiver||Grounds emotions, promotes restful sleep||Diffuse, dilute with carrier oil and massage into neck and shoulders at bedtime|
|Mood||Ylang Ylang||Boost your mood, support hormonal balance||Diffuse, dilute and apply to wrists and back of neck|
|Mood||Thyme||Support body during hormonal transitions||Diffuse, dilute and massage onto ankles and soles of feet|
|Mood||Geranium||Support emotional balance, alleviate pent-up stress||Directly inhale, diffuse, dilute and apply to skin post shower|
|Libido||Jasmine||Enhances feelings of sensuality||Diffuse in bedroom, spritz bedding, dilute and apply to soles of feet|
|Libido||Rose||Stimulating aphrodisiac, uplifts emotions||Diffuse in bedroom, spritz bedding, dilute and apply to soles of feet|
|Libido||Ylang Ylang||Boosts libido, calms emotions||Diffuse in bedroom, spritz bedding, dilute and apply to soles of feet|
Stress Spray Recipe
20 drops frankincense
20 drops bergamot
20 drops lavender
Mix oils into 2oz spray bottle, fill with distilled water or witch hazel. Shake and spritz around the house.
Remember, essential oils are powerful and should be used with caution. Speak with your healthcare provider before implementing any changes to your usual routine.
In Extraordinary Health,
Reference: Dr. Mariza Snyder
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