There is a lot of information online about the use of aromatherapy during pregnancy. Unfortunately, however, this information is not always correct and can sometimes be very confusing and misleading. Tanja Daniels and Petra Lomartire have written a book together that will be published soon: Naturally balanced during pregnancy.
It is a small guide to the safe use of aromatherapy during pregnancy and beyond. Petra and Tanja have turned their knowledge into power; Petra Lomartire by Birth and Balance has a practice in Leidschendam for pregnancy coaching and hypnobirthing. Our Tanja Daniels travels throughout Europe and provides lectures and workshops on aromatherapy. She gives these lectures and workshops in German, Dutch and English. Both share a passion for essential oils and their therapeutic effect.
Aromatherapy as support
Tanja: “Most oils can be safely used as aromatherapy when used normally during pregnancy and during breastfeeding. They can provide great relief during pregnancy. They can also provide support during and after childbirth. Some oils work on the hormones and can have too strong an effect. These oils are not recommended or should be used with caution. For some oils, it is not yet known whether long-term use by the mother will affect the fetus. That is why some oils, which are too strong for the child, are not recommended during pregnancy.”
Smell, feel and experience
“The advice is to always use oils diluted with base oil during pregnancy and to always feel the effect. Because everyone is unique, the reactions are different; what is good for one person may not always have the same effect for another. Do you want to know if you have the right oil in your hands? Smell the oil, close your eyes and feel; what does it do to you, is the smell pleasant, do you have (pleasant) associations with it? Aromatherapy should always be nice and pleasant and especially during pregnancy. It is therefore better not to work with an oil that does not smell pleasant to you. In this way, your body clearly indicates what is good for you and what is not.”
“All oils also work on an emotional and energetic level. Therefore, be careful with oils that trigger a certain emotion that you do not want to be confronted with. If an oil recommended in the book has an unpleasant odor to you, it is a sign that this oil is not right for you right now. First, work with an oil that is good for you. After a while you can go back to the oil from the book and often the smell is, surprisingly enough, nice for you.”
Aromatherapy as relaxation
Petra: “Everyone has to deal with unrest and stress in these busy times, especially as a (future) mother. Because persistent stress is certainly not good during pregnancy, we would like to inspire you in a practical way to allow more relaxation in your life. When relaxation and rest are given more priority in pregnancy, it also becomes easier to consciously enjoy this special period. After all, isn't that what a healthy pregnancy is all about? Every child deserves a conscious and relaxed arrival into the world, with loving and calm parents welcoming it.”
“To get your body into a relaxed state quickly, we also recommend regular use of massages. First of all, it is a gift to be busy with nothing else for a while and to put yourself first. Secondly, a massage has the advantage that relaxation is motivated. The healthy function of your immune system is also promoted. Choose a massage technique that is safe during pregnancy and a massage therapist who has experience in massaging pregnant women. Certain pressure points should be avoided during pregnancy.”
“In addition, massages can also be well combined with the use of essential oils, so that the effects of relaxation can be further enhanced. The AromaTouch Technique® is a safe and fine technique and we certainly recommend it.”
Keep our website and Facebook page keep an eye out for the book's release date Naturally in balance during pregnancy: Aromatherapy and more by Tanja Daniëls and Petra Lomartire. The book will soon be available to order via our website.
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