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Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding
By: Demetria Clark
AROMATHERAPY and HERBAL REMEDIES for PREGNANCY, BIRTH, and BREASTFEEDING
Demetria Clark shares her considerable experience and knowledge on the effectiveness of essential oils and herbs as alternative solutions to issues related to pregnancy, birth and the early days of motherhood. Focusing first on aromatherapy and then on herbal remedies, Demetria provides a directory of commonly used oils and herbs and their healing properties that are safe to use along with a cautionary list of those to be avoided.
Instructions are provided on how to prepare a range of remedies at home. Oils can be combined for external use in diffusers, sprays, massage oils, creams, lotions and salves. Herbs, used to make compresses, poultices, plasters, liniments and ointments, can also be taken internally via lozenges, syrups, tinctures, extracts, decoctions and teas.
Emphasizing product quality, Demetria offers expert advice on how to select, use and store essential oils, and presents valuable information on how to purchase, grow, harvest and even wildcraft plants. The last section is devoted to health issues that arise specifically during the prenatal period, labor and delivery, and/or breastfeeding and other post-partum concerns. Included is a brief description of the ailment followed by formulas for essential oils, herbs, or a blend of both that can be used to treat it.
This book uniquely combines the newer use of plants through aromatherapy (early 1900s) with the traditional use of herbal medicine that has been in practice for thousands of years. Plant-based medicine has both stood the test of time and continues to offer a variety of natural, alternative solutions that will be of value for generations to come.
About the Author:
Demetria Clark, an internationally acclaimed herbalist and aromatherapist, pioneered online herbal education by founding HeartofHerbs.com, which offers certification courses in herbalism and aromatherapy. Demetria is a lay midwife and doula and the global director of Birth Arts International. She also wrote Herbal Healing for Children.