Pregnancy and Birth: Energy and Relief From Peppermint Essential Oil

Could peppermint be the answer to the tummy troubles associated with pregnancy? Image by haiinee

Could peppermint be the answer to the tummy troubles associated with pregnancy? Image by haiinee

Peppermint. We know this herb for its strong, deep, minty aroma as well as its use as a digestive aid, anti-inflammatory, stimulant, expectorant and strengthener. Many ancient cultures including the Chinese, Egyptians and Native Americans, used peppermint essential oil, a clear, thin liquid, which we get by distilling the leaves with steam.

Peppermint oil causes contractions for some moms, so check with your caregiver if you’re at risk for premature labor or have any sensitivity to peppermint.

Peppermint and Digestion

From heartburn and gas to nausea and vomiting due to morning sickness, once you get pregnant you may feel like your body is rebelling against you! Peppermint is especially useful as a relief from digestive struggles, but because this is a very strong, volatile oil, keep the ratio of essential oil to carrier oil very low, and consult your caregiver before increasing the amount you use.

Peppermint for Headache, Congestion, and Aches

Diluted with a carrier oil, and applied to your temples, the back of the neck and across the forehead, peppermint can relieve pain and provide relief from tension headaches.

Peppermint oil is also the source for menthol, which alleviates respiratory discomfort. Dilute and rub peppermint on your chest, feet and temples in order to increase the flow of mucus when you’re congested. You can also relieve the typical stuffy nose during pregnancy by simply inhaling the aroma or diffusing peppermint throughout your home.

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Finally, peppermint can bring relief to tired muscles. Dilute the oil and massage onto achy muscles, to increase blood flow.

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