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Essential Oils I Used During Birth (and the Homeopathic Remedies I WISH I’d Had)

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

August 21st, 2016  |  19 Comments

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When I gave birth to my eldest child, I was in labor for 47 hours!

Father Time was cruel during my first foray into motherhood, and to make matters worse, I was left to deal with the trials of birth without homeopathy.

I had only just purchased my first book on the subject a month or so before this and I didn’t know about the depth of healing homeopathy could offer.  

In difficult times like those, I was willing to do ANYTHING that would offer relief, as long as it did not cause any harm.

So during that birth, while I would never actually take superfluous pharmaceutical pain medications, I remember asking my midwife to just “show me the pain meds” because, for some reason, looking at them gave me strength to know that I was in control!

Somehow, the knowledge that I could stop the pain if I wanted to gave me the forte I needed to press forward without actually using the drugs.

Today I laugh at how my desperate mind worked through the miserable beautiful labor of that baby, but I will never forget that having options was truly helpful during a difficult moment in my life.

Having options is a great thing, wouldn’t you say?

Along those lines, people often ask me if they can use high-quality essential oils together with homeopathy.

I’m sympathetic to this question because I know that many of my students have come to homeopathy AFTER they’ve studied essential oils. I have come to see oils as a “gateway drug” — without it actually being a drug, of course!

What I mean is that essential oils have opened people’s eyes to the very real world of natural medicine, especially to homeopathy.

They have also given mothers more confidence in treating their own families themselves; something modern medicine has been happy to have eliminated mothers from doing for decades now.

So, I use essential oils. While traveling, for example, I mist myself with a homemade blend that keeps me fresh, relaxed and my environment and hands clean.  

I admit that I am rather partial to homeopathy over the essential oils (I know, shocker right!?)  

My bias comes from years of seeing homeopathy — time and again — uproot conditions both acute and chronic. It would be a shame if I kept my full disclosure of homeopathy from you, as I could be locking you out of an intense world of powerful healing.

“But,” you say, “I already own an essential oil kit, and I like using them!” Well if you want to couple essential oils with homeopathy, it can be done.

Back 29 years ago, I knew more about essential oils than homeopathy, so here are the oils  I used during that birth and some homeopathic remedies I wish I had known about back then.

Three (Maybe Four) Important Remedies during Birth and Their Essential Oil Companions:

  1. Nausea during labor (and in pregnancy in general):
    • Ipecac 30 or possibly Tobaccum 30 taken every 3-6 hours depending on severity (Apply the discount coupon code – “Joette”– at check-out for an additional 20% off!)
    • Ginger or orange essential oil
  2. During transition, if the progression has halted:
    • Caulophyllum 30  taken every 30 minutes or so if labor is too long or stalled (Remember the discount code here and for those remedies below too)
    • Ylang-ylang essential oil (only given as an olfactory dose)
  3. To calm the anxious mother:
    • Ignatia 200 taken every 1-6 hours depending on severity. I also love Aconitum 30 for fear of death, taken in the same fashion as
    • Essential Oil of Rose softens, which is also nice to add to a basin of warm water for perineum compresses.

You may have noticed that I have omitted all of the mint-family oils. This is because these oils, like peppermint and menthol, can antidote (or neutralize) homeopathic remedies. Other antidoting oils include camphor, melaleuca (tea tree), and possibly more depending on the personal sensitivity one has to a particular oil if used in a concentrated manner.

For this same reason, you want to keep your homeopathy kit in a separate cabinet away from your essential oils kit, as the oils can antidote entire homeopathy kits. Although, having said all of this, I've yet to see an essential oil antidote a homeopathic medicine unless done with full intention by inhaling one from the aromatic category and taking a good deep breath or several drops on the tongue.

The above list is simply a suggestion. While I do not provide further information on essential oils, I do offer a vast library of free information on homeopathy. Great starting points for newbies include my free Quick Start Guide and my Study Group Curriculum — a group-learning guide for beginners to homeopathy.

So, if you are visiting me from the wonderful world of essential oils, I welcome you into my world of homeopathy.

And join me on August 25, 2016, for my interview on the Essential Oils Revolution Summit.

The title of my talk is:

Raising Healthy Families with Essential Oils and Homeopathy

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If taking control of your health is important to you, you’ll want to listen to this.

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Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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19 thoughts on “Essential Oils I Used During Birth (and the Homeopathic Remedies I WISH I’d Had)”

  1. Jill York says:

    I wish so much I had known these things for my labors! Sharing!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      It will help your daughters/daughter-in-laws when its their time. And yes, pls let your circle of influence know. Europe, South America, India…they all know. Its North Americans who have been kept in the dark.

  2. megan says:

    Do you have any remedies to help with the after cramps post labor? Thanks!!

  3. Megan says:

    Awesome. As you know I’m sold on Homeopathy. altho I have my oils from before. they come in handy to make my own soap, lotion, chapstick..lol Also if we are still bit by bugs after taken Ledum I will grab my oils and make a spray. I’ld say that’s about 20% of time. bugs have been mean little guys this year with Winter being so warm in NY. Found same in NC when on Vaca. Also my sister in law and 2 friends I made in NC where we are moving are very into the oils. I’m intorduing Homeopathy to them. Working for understanding not to discreated what they strongly believe in. As I have walked that road and found Homeopathy so much better after many years of using it. works faster the oils for acute for instance. so thank you for this article. I’m sending it to them.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Consider starting a study group with them in it. ITs one of the best ways to bring others around. Nice job, Megan!

  4. Eileen says:

    I have always wondered about tea tree oil and topical skin infections. I have 4 kids who are on remedies, but as children go there is always some sort of scrape or bug bite. In the past I have always applied tea tree oil to help with infections or a bug oil that has tea tree in the blend. These and two others are my last oils that I still use. I have had a hundred percent success rate using these 4 oils. But since I have started using homeopathy I have been nervous to use them anymore. So I guess my question is. . . Is using tea tree oil for a scrap knee, or an infected hang nail alright when on a remedy?

    1. According to the article, these oils can and may antidote homeopathy, however she has not seen an antidoting occur unless someone has been doing it intentionally by placing a few drops directly on the tongue or by sniffing the concentrated oil. I myself use the deodorant that has mint in it and I have yet to see it antidote. If you use Homeopathy you will know if the remedy is acting, and then experiment with your oils and see if they are antidoting…

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I like Failiaajpbrown’s response. You’ll know if you’ve antidoted and its unlikely in the situations you’re describing.

  5. Melissa says:

    I would also like to know about post-labor cramp remedies. With my third baby 4 years ago, I had the most severe post-birth cramping that I’d ever had–as bad as labor itself! I took many doses of Arnica 1M back to back–every 20-30 minutes–to no avail. I unfortunately later opted for some Ibuprofin because I was in such pain for hours and hours. Miserable! I would love to know what to try for next time around if the Arnica 1M was poorly selected!!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Arnica is usually a good choice for this but Caulophylum 200 or is also one of my favorites.

  6. sahmpaw says:

    Cimicifuga helped me have a 5 hr home birth after much prodromal start and stop labor. That was my 2nd baby. The first was a 48 hour hospital birth and I didn’t know about homeopathy at the time.

    1. Sarah says:

      Did you use Cimicifuga 200 or 30? I am 30 weeks pregnant and I would love to see if this helps shorten labor for me.

      1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

        Where did I mention Cimicifuga?

        1. Sarah says:

          Hi Joette – I was replying to sahmpaw above where she said it helped her have a a5 hour home birth.

  7. How do you mix two remedies? Do you take 2 pellets of each remedy in your mouth together? Does that work if you don’t get them compounded?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:


  8. Judy says:

    I use tea tree tooth paste daily somtimes as mouth wash-and also i use homeopathyfor all kind of things on daily life.. so does that mean my homeopathic meds r antidoted? Thanks

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Have your remedies acted? Most likely they have, particularly if they’re repeated.

  9. Erika says:

    What would you recommend for for severe back labor pain?

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