Next on my list of things to pack in the hospital bag is homemade labor massage oil. I’ve been looking at some different essential oils that might do well to help during labor and decided to use lavender and clary sage.
Lavender – Lavender is a very versatile essential oil you can use all throughout your labor to promote relaxation and help relieve pain. You can even use it to help heal any bruising your baby may have gotten during birth. (source)
Clary Sage – Clary Sage is a versatile essential oil for labor. It causes more effective contractions, so you can put a few drops on your inner ankles to keep labor progressing well. You can also try this as a natural way to induce labor. It can also be used to reduce pain and aid in circulation. (source)
My plan is to use this massage oil (or have the husband do it) on my stomach and lower back while in labor. I know it won’t be a magic massage oil, but I’m hoping it will help to relax me while easing a little of the pain and working to keep the contractions efficient.
I know my biggest problem during labor is relaxing. It’s hard to relax and then progress slows down. But once I get the epidural (which I’m not getting this time) I relax and in less than 30 minutes baby is usually out.
So, I’m hoping all of these natural methods I will be using will help to keep labor progressing and maybe take the edge off. I’ll let you know how it does for me in a few weeks, but in case you want to make your own:
Lavender – Clary Sage Labor Massage Oil
- 100 ml Almond oil (or other carrier oil)
- 20 drops Clary Sage 100% essential oil
- 20 drops Lavender 100% essential oil
- Mix all ingredients in the bottle of your choosing.
- Massage onto belly and back during labor.