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I'm sure this has been asked a lot before, but when I did a search I couldn't find any threads.....<br><br>
What do you all use for massage oils in labor?
 

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I have unscented oil that a massage therapist friend gave me, but most births I end up using cornstarch based baby powder instead, as it's much less messy.
 

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Thanks for responding memiles. I found a great website that talks about a lot of different massage oils, their properties and their uses.<br><br>
If anyone else is interested here it is:<br><br><a href="http://www.thebodyworker.com/massage_therapy_oils.htm" target="_blank">http://www.thebodyworker.com/massage_therapy_oils.htm</a>
 

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One thing I have read on another fourm is to be very careful with oils like almond. You may or may not be aware that a client has a nut allergy.
 

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That would catastrophic - thanks for mentioning that!
 

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I too thought of the nut allergy thing.. scary these days huh? I make my own labor massage oil with olive, and sometimes a mix of avocado, and just one drop each of clary sage, blood orange, and lavender ess oils. Sometimes just blood orange and patchouli oil, one drop each per 4 oz carrier, surprisingly good.
 

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I love almond oil, but with the nut-allergy issue, jojoba or olive oil would be great. I think rose, neroli, and jasmine sambac in equal proportions is to die for! (Of course, it should be, with the price tag it carries! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) Or one or two of any of those three is great. I also really like bulgarian lavender and clary sage.<br><br>
Here's a link to a page I really like for it's descriptions of the various effects on labor of each of the oils: <a href="http://www.naturesgift.com/childbirth.htm" target="_blank">http://www.naturesgift.com/childbirth.htm</a>
 

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saint john's wort oil--<br>
or just olive oil, almond if a mom has it around and uses it or sesame oil<br><br>
as for EO for smell-- I met a German midwife several years ago who recommended rose geranium and lavender oils for births so I do have them on hand -- also from another friend clary sage<br>
or what ever mom likes or wants
 

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Does anyone know of a website on how to store/use oils? I'm so new to the herb/holistic route but would really love to know more...
 

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Sounds wonderful! Patchouli oil is a favourite of mine.
 

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the saint john'swort oil I make I keep in the fridge except what I have out to use at the time. it keeps longer that way as it is made with EVOO and is an infused oil not essential oil<br>
essential oils don't need too much special care I think because they have built in preservatives- probably keep away from high heat to prevent evaporation
 

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I have grapeseed in my bag right now, and I like it because it's unscented. But I really like just using lotion, because it feels less greasy. I tell the mom to pack her fav, so smell isn't an issue.
 
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