Labour + Lavender
As Registered Aromatherapists, Lavender is one of the most-used powerhouse essential oils in our toolbox. Among its many benefits, Lavender may be an effective therapeutic option for labour pain.
A 2016 clinical trial was conducted to investigate the effect of Lavender essential oil inhalation on the severity of labour pain and duration of labour. The experimental group received 2 drops of 10% Lavender dilution dropped into their palms and inhaled for three minutes at three stages of labour. The severity of the labour pain and duration of labour was measured before and after the Lavender was inhaled. The control group was treated with distilled water as a placebo in the similar ways, too.
The results for the experimental group were significant. At the final measurement stage (9-10cm dilation) the pain was rated at 9.6 for the Lavender group before inhalation and the pain rating dropped by 20% to 7.6 after. There was no change in pain rating for the placebo group.
The conclusion of the study was that Lavender essence aromatherapy may be an effective therapeutic option for pain management for women in labour. It did not have an impact on the duration of labour.
The Blending Bar Birth Day line of products is crafted with Rose Hydrosol and 100% pure essential oils of Lemon and Lavender. Tuck the roll on, massage oil, or spray in your birth kit for the big day and use through your labour.
The Birth Day products are also helpful for postpartum mothers. The blend helps to restore your homeostasis and assists in bringing yourself back to who you were before your pregnancy.
Source: Yazdkhasti M, Pirak A. The effect of aromatherapy with lavender essence on severity of labor pain and duration of labor in primiparous women. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016;25:81-86. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.08.008
Thanks to the Tisserand Institute for introducing us to this study!
- Amy Reedman