5 Must-Have Homemade Essential Oil Recipes for Self-Care during Pregnancy

5 Must-Have Homemade Essential Oil Recipes for Self-Care during Pregnancy

1. Synthetic-free deodorant

During pregnancy, you’re very careful of what you put in and on your body. Deodorant is something we apply and leave on our skin more than any other product, so it’s a wise practice of self-care to be especially cognizant of the chemicals that are commonly found in commercial versions. A DIY synthetic-free deodorant featuring safe ingredients and essential oils is a great alternative.

2. Synthetic-free perfume

Why perfume when you’re pregnant? Because it’s something you can wear that will help you feel pretty and sexy at a time when you might be feeling anything but! A perfume oil featuring a jojoba base is nourishing and good for your skin, unlike the harsh solvents and drying alcohol found in commercial versions. The jojoba will also slow the evaporation of the oil, creating a more subtle, longer-lasting perfume aroma.

3. Foot soak

Our feet are particularly vulnerable to the stresses of pregnancy. When they’re tired, sore and swollen we can feel worse all over. Treating yourself to a restful essential oil foot soak can soothe the feet, but it can soothe the whole body and our emotional outlook, too. An added bonus is that a foot soak is easy and relatively inexpensive to make.

4. Belly butter

Our pregnant bellies expand. The skin over the abdomen pulls, tightens and can feel itchy, which is not only uncomfortable, it can lead to permanent changes in elasticity and tone. Applying soothing essential oils in a softening belly butter nourishes the skin, but it’s also a beautiful exercise of self-care and touch that allows you to focus on yourself and the little life that’s growing within you.

5. Massage oil

Pregnancy can stress the body. The natural weight gain we experience makes muscles work harder, leading to tiredness and soreness. When you finally do have a moment to lie down and rest, get the most out of the respite with the application of a soothing massage oil blend. A great way to do this is to schedule a prenatal massage and take the massage oil with you.

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