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Monday, May 30, 2011

Essential oils during the childbearing years-Rose Oil

Rose oil appears to have the opposite affect of Jasmine.  It will decrease blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and breathing rate.  This suggests that it would be most useful to use as a way to relax or calm a mother.  This might be useful to use during transition or if a mother is feeling out of control.  Just having a drop in breathing rate will trigger a response that will help to decrease anxiety and feelings of fear.

Because of it's calming properties rose oil would be another good one to use for depression or anxiety after the baby is born also.

Anecdotal information says that rose oil helps to loosen ligaments which allows them to expand for more room in the pelvis.

Precautions:  Because of it's ability to decrease blood pressure, I would be careful if your blood pressure is dropping.  This would be an oil to avoid while getting an epidural also.  Some sources list this as an oil that you shouldn't use during pregnancy.

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