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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Essential oils during the childbearing years-Ginger Oil

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties.  Thus it may be good to use for a swollen perineum.  This can be added to a sitz bath afterwards along with lavender.  This may also be good to apply to a c-section wound to help reduce inflammation.

In one study I found, Ginger also decreased the length of the second stage of labor.

Ginger is safe to use in early pregnancy for morning sickness, but may need to be reapplied every 20m until symptoms subside.

Precautions:  May be irritating to sensitive skin.  It also can cause photosensitivity.

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