Jasmine -with it’s heavenly fragrance, it has an uplifting, calming and boosting effect on the emotions.
It is said to be one of the most useful oils in childbirth but is not generally recommended during pregnancy until you have reached term (37+ weeks).
It is thought to be particularly useful in the early stages of labour to help relieve pain and strengthen the contractions.
During labour it is said to boost confidence, relieve pain and help expel the placenta.*
I completely adore the smell and it always promotes a feeling of indulgence and wellbeing. In my training we were taught it was the oil of “self love and self nurture“ and personally feel we all benefit from a good dose of self esteem.
Jasmine is said to strengthen the back and I see it as strengthening your “back bone”, enabling you to feel strong and stand tall.
A strong and heady aroma, very little is required and due to its cost as much as its potency it is often found already diluted into a carrier oil in a 3% solution which in pregnancy can even be diluted down again to around 1 to 2%. I’m a fan of using it in my postnatal treatments to help increase great-milk flow.
*Aromatherapy and Massage for Mother & Baby by Allison England