The benefits of using a natural muscle relaxer
Muscle cramps or spasms can be excruciatingly painful and come without warning. A charley horse is a sudden, intense muscle spasm with tightening and pain. This involuntary contraction produces a hard, bulging muscle which can be seen or felt, usually in the calves or hamstrings. A muscle cramp lasts from a few seconds to 15 minutes or longer, and does not always relax with stretching. Just about everyone is affected by muscle cramps at some point in their life, but athletes, and people with inadequate fluid intake or low electrolyte levels are hit the hardest.Easing Menstrual Cramps Naturally
Up to 90% of premenopausal women experience dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps). Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions of the uterus at the onset of menstruation and they can be debilitating. Some research shows that dysmenorrhea accounts for 600 million lost work hours and $2 billion in lost productivity every year! Symptoms include: cramping in the lower abdomen; nausea; headache; light-headedness; vomiting; and diarrhea.
Is a natural muscle relaxer an effective alternative to over-the-counter drugs?
Try Muscle Relaxer caps for fast acting relief of muscular pain.
Over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin reduce pain and cramping, but, over the long term, can cause serious problems like GI bleeding, ulcers or liver problems. Herbs and supplements like cramp bark, Jamiacan dogwood, and MyoCalm P.M. provide cramp and spasm relief for athletes and others at high risk for muscle cramping without these drawbacks and side effects. They are safe enough to use whenever menstrual cramp relief is needed. Natural muscle relaxers can also ease nerve and muscle pain, and can reduce the symptoms of migraines and TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome). These relatively unknown herbs can really provide effective cramp relief for whatever your needs are.
*Essential Oils for Labor, Postpartum & Baby*
Labor & Delivery:
To calm and focus mother
Lavender* helps calm. Diffuse in the room, open the bottle and smell it, or rub onto feet or the back of the neck for calm, focus, and peace.
Increase energy during labor
Peppermint* EO diffused or added to water and applied with a wash cloth to the back of the neck will give mamma a much-needed energy boost and help cool her down during labor.
To relieve pain
Frankincense* helps to reduce pain. Rub a few drops on your back or abdomen (wherever it hurts) for some wonderful pain relief. Frankincense is a go to for all sorts of pain, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding where medications could affect my babies.
Lavender* is a great relaxing scent that has analgesic properties. You could keep a crock pot by the bed on low with about 20 wash cloths in it covered in water with 15-20 drops of lavender. Have your birth attendant or partner wring out a wash cloth and put it on your belly during every contraction. The warmth combined with the lavender is very soothing and distracting helping to reduce pain and relieve stress. As soon as it cools replace with a new cloth.
Peppermint on the tongue, 1 drop at a time. Can also use this as a diluted sprizter which acts as an anti-nausea agent. Best during transition on a cloth for your face, forehead or chest. This can also be used to stimulate mom to pee if she’s having a hard time going by just simply dropping it into the toilet.
Lemon or other Citrus EOs in water, 5 drops to a quart keep drinking all day long, purifies the lymph system
Apply Rose or Frankincense* as described above.
To induce or speed up labor
*Do not attempt to induce labor without the medical consent of your doctor or midwife after 40 weeks of pregnancy. Baby needs those last few weeks to develop.*
Clary Sage is a uterine tonic and is known to cause more effective contractions. Put a drop or two on each of your ankles to encourage a healthy labor.
Myrrh increases the strength of contractions. Add a few drops to a cotton ball to sniff as needed or rub 1-3 drops onto abdomen with a carrier oil.
The scent of Myrrh on a cotton ball placed near the mothers face can get stalled labor going again. Put the ball near her pillow, on the side bar of the bed, on the side of the tub, anywhere where she can easily benefit from the aroma.
Peppermint*. Apply directly to back and hips (where the pain is strongest) with a carrier oil. Women have said it is a god-send for back labor.
Breech or posterior position
Breech: Apply Peppermint essential oil with a carrier to the top of the belly and rub around the top curve of the belly making a rainbow.
Posterior: Apply Peppermint essential oil with a carrier to the lower back.
Postpartum and Baby:
Frankincense can be used on the baby in the first few minutes after birth to help the baby feel that everything is going to be okay.
Colic or tummy aches: use fennel (diluted in fractionated coconut oil)
Ear infections: use melaluca and basil around the ear
Diaper rash: use sandlewood or myrhh (diluted in fractionated coconut oil) and coat the area
Teething: use a drop of white fir directly to gums
Safety Note: Always dilute essential oils, especially when you are pregnant or breastfeeding, for children and the elderly, or if you have any health condition. For an immediate, acute, and emergent situation a 25% essential oil ratio can be warranted, but essential oils are powerful substances and a little bit goes a long way. A 1% dilution is usually all that is needed to see the effects of the essential oil, and when you are breastfeeding, it is the most cautious root to take. Always consult a medical professional before making any medical decisions and do your own research, and come to your own conclusions about what will work best for yourself and your family.
* Many of these oils are not safe to use until you are in labor. Check safety information if you choose to use them before you are actually having the baby. The oils that are safe to use during pregnancy are marked with a * symbol.
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