Leg Relief

leg reliefYour legs do extra duty during pregnancy. Take special care of them, especially during the last trimester when you may be prone to edema, varicose veins, and other leg problems that are aggravated by increased blood volume, hormonal changes, and nutritional deficiencies.

Edema of the ankles and legs responds to lavender, geranium, and rosemary oils, all of which stimulate the lymphatic system to drain excess fluids from the body. Add 1 drop each of lavender, geranium and rosemary essential oil to 1 teaspoon of grapeseed or sweet almond oil. Mix gently with your fingers. Using upward strokes, gently massage this blend of oils into your feet and ankles.

In addition, put 3 drops of lemon, mandarin or other citrus oils in your bath for a mild diuretic effect.