A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit one of the most talented reflexologists/massage therapists and general all round excellent egg (she’s not an egg, she’s amazing, but today I am calling her an egg!). As I walked in to her treatment room, I was hit with the most beautiful smell. I had explained my symptoms on the phone, a lingering cold, blocked up, cough, headaches blah de blah. Can’t take anything as I’m pregnant, feel eternally sick…yada yada, you know the story!
The smell was coming from one of these….
A sonic aromatherapy diffuser. Sounds a bit complicated? It really isn’t, you simply fill it with water, pop some of your chosen drops of oil in the internal water basin and switch on. What happens next is wonderful! A lovely smell which is wafted around the room – PROPER smell, none of this synthetic plug in smell that is enough to make a non pregnant person gag, let alone a pregnant one! For those of you with children, cats, clumsy partners…..the water is never boiling, its warm, so at worst, if someone manages to tip it over, its going to be a lot less painful than a burning candle!
If like me, you feel that the smell of a house really is important, then you will be clicking away buying one right now! I fight a daily battle with eliminating wet dog smells, wet cat smells, cat litter (bleugh……next house WILL have a cat flap!) Toddler smells (!) and other day to day smells….This pregnancy has really knocked me off my feet with regards to nausea…..the diffuser has definitely helped me to get through stints in the kitchen that were impossible before!
I used a beautiful mixture of peppermint, marjoram and eucalyptus to help my congestion and even left it in The Toddlers bedroom when he was poorly (you can turn the light off on it!) he had a much more peaceful couple of nights and his room wasn’t all steamed up and damp which is what I have found with the Vicks Humidifier.
The oils are really easy to buy on Amazon and they cost a lot less than a posh natural candle! PLUS you can change the smell combination when ever you want to!
Here are a couple of combinations that I have been trying and loving or can’t wait to try when I am no longer pregnant! Remember LESS is definately more when using essential oils. Literally one or two drops will do the job!
Great for clearing snuffles – Peppermint, Marjoram and Eucalyptus
For when you are feeling down – Lavender, Ylang, Ylang, Grapefruit
To make you happy – Lemon, Grapefruit, Rose
To help concentration – Rosemary & Lemon
To reduce anxiety – Rose, Lavender, Mandarin & Vetiver
For stress relief – Clary Sage, Lemon, Lavender
To energise – Grapefruit & Ginger
For morning sickness – Chamomile, Coriander & Ginger
Please remember that there are oils that should be avoided during pregnancy, these are
- Cypress (ok after 5 months of pregnancy)
- Jasmine (you can use in labour but not during pregnancy)