There is nothing in the world like a newborn and that time is the most precious time for bonding and there are some oils that can be used. Smells bring back such strong associations for humans…so why not link some of your essential oils to that special time.
One of my favorites is Gentle Baby. I still use it on my babies that are almost 3 and 5. I like to put it on them when I get home and maybe I wasn’t home to put them to bed that night. I go in and kiss them goodnight and rub some on their little feet. It is such a sweet smell for me, just brings me to a good space, and I like to use it with my kids so they get a comforting feeling from it. It is a blend that consists of Rosewood, Geranium, Palmarosa, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Jasmine, Bergamot, and Rose. You can use this oil in combination with other oils and you can use this oil for many particular things. Diaper Rash is one (you should definitely dilute before applying to a rash), stretch marks is another, it is great for skin regeneration (try and use it everyday for the best results). It is a comforting, soothing and relaxing oil and great for bonding with your newest family member. It makes a great baby gift for baby and parent(s).
Lavender is another great oil to use with your new baby.
Colic: So I didn’t have my oils when I had a little baby with some colic 5+ years ago but I wish I had. I would just do some research on this subject as well. Since I’ve had such amazing results with Di-Gize I might really really dilute it and use some of that or put it on my baby’s feet if I was desperate. I am not recommending this but if you’re feeling comfortable with your oils then you can make the informed decision on your own. The magical potion called Gripe Water, that you can get at health food stores, I had some success with so that’s worth a shot. Some other essential oils that might work are Bergamot, Ginger, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang. I would dilute as I mentioned before or even mix with some V-6 and create a little massage oil. I did do lots of belly massaging with my little colicky fellow. You can make your own blend and just massage the belly in a clockwise direction (was what I was always told). Back massages may be beneficial as well to get things moving along the digestive tract. Warmth is also beneficial.
There are all kinds of oils you can use if your baby gets a cold or the flu or has respiratory difficulties but that I’ll save for a different day.
Milk Production Oils: Clary Sage (can help to bring your milk in), Fennel (for no more than 10 days) or Basil could help to increase production and Peppermint could decrease your production.
Postpartum Depression is a very serious condition so by all means talk to someone if this seems to be happening to you. The following oils maybe help to prevent the baby blues – Bergamot (is one of my favorites!), White Angelica is another oil that I use for anxiety and to make me happy all around and I love the effects. There are may other oils that could work really well – Valor is another one that would be awesome – I always say you should start everyday with Valor! Gentle Baby, Frankincense, Joy (is another great blend that smells delicious and really brings what it is called). Citrus oils are also very uplifting so Grapefruit, Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, and Citrus Fresh could all be good candidates.
So the most important recommendation is to just be present and cherish every moment (even those hours in the middle of the night wide awake) you’ll never get the time back, so embrace it. I better go hang out with my kids instead of typing on this darn blog. Happy Baby!