Organic At Heart Blog
Welcome to the Organic At Heart Blog. Here we will be keeping you informed of up and coming products, services and innovations that will be going on within Organic At Heart. Please have a read through and if you would like to comment on any of our blog posts please feel free. We look forward to sharing our passion with you.
posted 2015 Jan by Sally Robinson
The best oils for pregnancy
Anything that makes us feel good during pregnancy has got to be worth a try - especially if you're in the third trimester and struggling to haul your ever-increasing bump around! Pregnancy puts a lot of stresses and strains on the body but fortunately there are lots of different oils to help ease aching backs/shoulders and encourage a sense of relaxation throughout the last few months. In addition to buying and mixing your own oils, you can also look at pre-blended oils that contain certain oils suitable for pregnancy that take away the time required to blend and prepare by hand.
Here are some favourites:
Bergamot: this light, refreshing citrusy oil can help relieve pain, lift spirits and aid both antenatal/postnatal depression and sadness. It's also an effective indigestion reliever - another common pregnancy complaint.
Lavender: A great multi-purpose oil that relieves pain, relaxes the body, relaxes the mind, helps to install a sense of calm/tranquility, eases headaches and muscle pain. Women have also used lavender as an effective solution to stretch marks - worth bearing in mind if you're left with more than you bargained for after the birth of your baby!
Lemon: Useful as an inhalant for morning sickness and in massage for varicose veins.
Neroli: A beautiful oil that can relieve all manner of aches, pains and niggles during pregnancy including digestive problems, anxiety for the birth/parenthood, depression, fluctuating emotions and sleep difficulties (particularly in the last trimester). It also helps to promote healthy skin cell regeneration and keep pregnant skin glowing.
Rosewood: A deliciously scented oil that has a mild sedative effect to aid sleep-deprived mums to be.
Sandalwood: Anti-depressant and helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.
Tangerine: A great treatment for stretchmarks and aiding sleep.
Geranium: A balancing, uplifting pain relieving oil that can help ease lots of pregnancy problems such as swollen/painful breasts, swollen legs and ankles, backache and general discomfort. Note: It is widely recommended that if you use it at all, you only use very dilute geranium oil in pregnancy and some practitioners go on to recommend only in the third trimester and never during a high risk pregnancy.
Chamomile: Soothes muscle pain, headaches and indigestion, with a calming effect on the mind and body.
Eucalyptus: Antiviral oil that can help ease coughs and colds during pregnancy.
Frankincense: Great for use during labour, this oil helps to relieve pain, encourage steady controlled breathing and help women to stay focused. It also has comforting properties which can be reassuring for women in labour.
Grapefruit: Aids digestion and helps ease water retention.
Ylang Ylang: Calms, brightens and helps to restore focus in stressful situations.
And those to avoid
There are specific concoctions that should be entirely avoided during pregnancy because they contain oils unsuitable for pregnancy or their concentration levels are too high. Using oils irresponsibly and without caution can be dangerous for pregnant women as they can cause the blood to thin and even bring on early contractions. The following oils should be avoided:-
Cypress (you can use this after 5 months of pregnancy)
Jasmine (not one for pregnancy but great for use during labour)
posted 2015 Jan by Sally Robinson
Don’t want stretch marks?
Pregnant skin grows at a fast pace and particularly if you put on weight rapidly or towards the end of your pregnancy, stretch marks can rear their ugly head. Initially red or purple in colour, they will fade to a more silvery tone over time.
Unfortunately, genetics play a big part and if your Mum had stretch marks, it’s quite likely that you may get them too. But don’t panic as there is plenty you can do to help keep your skin in tip top condition and give it the best chance of avoiding scars.
Once or twice a week, gently exfoliate any skin areas prone to stretching during pregnancy (that’s pretty much everywhere for most women!)
You can make your own home made exfoliator out of sugars and sea salts (just mix a few spoonfuls of any granulated sugar or salt with a few spoonfuls of olive oil) or for a slightly less messy experience try out Organic at Hearts natural Mediterranean exfoliator sponge. Now you have exfoliated to remove all the excess dead skin cells whatever product you apply to your new skin will have much more chance of working because it isn’t sitting on layers of old dead skin.
Enjoy a warm, relaxing bath or shower and then apply a stretch mark cream or oil. Look for an oil or cream with a high percentage of natural ingredients and key ingredients to look out for that offer real nourishment to the skin as well as great anti-scarring properties include ROSEHIP OIL, SHEA BUTTER, NEROLI and FRANKINCENSE oil. As the skin is now clean and the pores still open, absorption will be quick and effective Spend extra time massaging your tummy as your baby will really enjoy the massage too!!
This routine will help give you skin the best chance of stretching without scarring. Another tip is to make sure you drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin, Vitamins C & E are great to improve skin’s suppleness along with zinc… and if you like them, sprinkle a handful of sunflower seeds onto cereal, soups or fruit. These will all help boost skin strength too.