The Surprising Difference Carrier Oils Can Make In Birth

In one of my favorite books, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, Kurt Schnaubelt writes: “we are worried about essential oils. They are seen as potentially too strong, but nevertheless we are concerned they will fail us when challenged by serious conditions. Somehow we thinking ‘medicine’ when we think of essential oils. We also think of doctors who disapprove.”

Isn’t that the truth?!

We’re afraid oils in birth will cause adverse reactions and be too strong.

We’re also afraid they’ll fail us.

If your results with a therapeutic application of essential oils are disappointing, one common mistake you might be making is that you’re the ‘wrong’ base.

Recently I asked someone who sold essential oils with an MLM company about carriers: does it help the oils absorb into the skin? I asked.

Yes, came the quick reply.

So, it drives the oils in quicker?

Yes.

But isn’t the reason you’re supposed to use them because it keeps the oils from sensitizing the skin when they’re absorbed too quickly?

Yes… came a slower reply.

So, does the carrier make absorption faster or slower?

She was confused.

You may be too.

I was also. Let’s back up for a moment. When attempting to get essential oils into the body, there are three application methods with their own physiologic process, pros and cons, and as you can see—significantly different absorption rates:

  • Oral: 95% absorption into bloodstream
  • Inhalation 50% (30-70%) absorption into bloodstream
  • Topical 5% (1-10%) absorption into bloodstream

Did you have any idea there was such a wide range in oil absorption based on how you use them?!

When you use oils topically, the absorption rate is very low.

When you put them on area of the body with thicker skin, the absorption rate is even lower.

People will often say that essential oils are absorbed through the pores of the skin, although they don’t specify further what a ‘pore’ is.

There are two types of opening in the skin: sweat glands and hair follicles.

Sweat glands do not allow much absorption of essential oils because the water-based sweat repels the oil. Hair follicles allow for more absorption than sweat glands, but the primary way oils enter our skin is directly between the cells of the stratum corneum through the lipid matrix.

The primary route into the body intercellular.

Our Essential Oils Birth Consultant Certification teaches primarily a personal inhalation application strategy with only a few oils used for anti-inflammatory or analgesic effect. You should only use that strategy when a slow, continuous absorption over time is desired OR when a location specific issues is being addressed with oils such as lower back pain or you’re treated the skin, muscle, joint, or locational nerves.

The stratum corneum is thinnest on places like the face and scalp, it is the thickest on the palmer skin of the hands and the bottom of the feet. My experience as a massage therapist is that the palms of the hands (that have a thick epidermis and no hair follicles thank goodness) absorb almost nothing compared to the thinner epidermis of the massage client.

How many times have you heard to put oils topically on tbe feet with fractionated coconut oil? First of all, please never put oils on the feet of a very pregnant person unless they’ve had an epidural. But really, don’t waste your oils because the skin on your feet is so incredible thick the usual topical absorption of 5% is going to be much, much lower– and then if you’ve put the oil on in a fixed oil base, this isn’t ideal because essential oil constituents are fat-soluble.

When oils are in a lipophilic environment, they’re just going to stay on the surface of the skin.

Robert Tisserand did a wonderful training on pharmacokinetics where he showed the differences in absorption rates of a 5% dilution applied to inner forearm with different carriers. Look at that absorption difference:

  • Oil: 11.3
  • Lotion: 57.3
  • Gel: 238.5

*Micrograms/cm2 after 60 minutes

Crazy right? When you add a carrier oil to oil you’re applying to the bottom of the feet– absorption rate is so low—it literally is the very safest topical application strategy.

But not great if you’re trying to get an effective therapeutic dose.

In the download, I’d like to share with you the gel Robert Tisserand and I recommend. It’s a water-based delivery system that causes movement of essential oil constituents into the skin because the sebum rich skin surface is more fatty than the gel and the essential oils move out of the water-based gel and into the oilier medium of the mothers’ skin surface.

Please download our complete guide to carrier oil for birth professionals to learn about gel carriers plus a listing of almost 20 other carrier oils detailed by Dr. Light Miller from the book Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing. Enjoy!

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[1] Di Santo, S., A. Malek, R. Sager, A. C. Andres, and H. Schneider. 2003. Trophoblast Viability in Perfused Term Placental Tissue and Explant Cultures Limited to 7–24 Hours. Placenta 24 (8–9): 882–894.
[2] Gude, N. M., C. T. Roberts, B. Kalionis, and R. G. King. 2004. Growth and Function of the Normal Human Placenta. Thrombosis Research 114 (5–6): 397–407
[3] Hall, C. St. G., T. E. James, C. Goodyer, C. Branchaud, H. Guyda, and C. J. P. Giroud. 1977. Short Term Tissue Culture of Human Midterm and Term Placenta: Parameters of Hormonogenesis.
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When the baby is breastfed, the skin-to-skin contact increases the release of oxytocin, facilitating the natural delivery of the placenta.

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No arbitrary deadlines for finishing your certification.
No fees for retaking your final exam.
No ‘reactivation’ fees after lapsed access.
No yearly fees for ‘certification maintenance’.
No hidden or additional fees ever.
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Are you a spreader of placenta happy pills!? Get this awesome tee shirt from Phanganer on etsy. Oh and go read this article!

Jodi Selander , Allison Cantor , Sharon M. Young & Daniel C. Benyshek (2013): Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey Of Self-Reported Motivations And Experiences Associated With Placenta Consumption, Ecology Of Food And Nutrition, 52:2, 93-115

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During pregnancy, the placenta is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of many hormones, a few of which include: oxytocin, prostaglandin, progesterone, estrogens, androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone, human placental lactogen, human chorionic gonadotropin, placental growth hormone, and corticotrophin-releasing hormone.[1],[2],[3] It truly is a tree of life to the unborn.

[1] Di Santo, S., A. Malek, R. Sager, A. C. Andres, and H. Schneider. 2003. Trophoblast Viability in Perfused Term Placental Tissue and Explant Cultures Limited to 7–24 Hours. Placenta 24 (8–9): 882–894.
[2] Gude, N. M., C. T. Roberts, B. Kalionis, and R. G. King. 2004. Growth and Function of the Normal Human Placenta. Thrombosis Research 114 (5–6): 397–407
[3] Hall, C. St. G., T. E. James, C. Goodyer, C. Branchaud, H. Guyda, and C. J. P. Giroud. 1977. Short Term Tissue Culture of Human Midterm and Term Placenta: Parameters of Hormonogenesis.
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https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/placenta-encapsulator-certification-course/

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Our programs are designed to be as comprehensive as they are concise; first because they are designed with busy mothers in mind, secondly because our end goal is successful encapsulation services being provided to local families while you are able to sustainably provide for your own. This goal manifests in our course offerings in dynamic ways that will only expand. We holistically invest into your business training, and have ‘all inclusive’ business assets that are designed to bring increase and success to all your business offerings as a birth professional.

Discover:
Lifetime Access to the Encapsulation Certification online course even after your monthly payments end.
Legal/Contract Swipe Files and full training with legal training.
Email Scripts Swipe File: proven responses to encapsulation clients’ most common questions and objections.
Social Media Assets: 25+ designer social posts with detailed content scripts.
Social Media Content Planner: a twelve-month, birth-themed social post content planner.
Premium Done-For-You 25-piece Branding Kit with all branded assets needed for a professional placenta business launch.
Professional Media Assets Package with 5 placenta photos and 4 art prints.
A Brilliant Events Pass to any of Brilliant Birth Academy’s online events and summits.
A 40% off Brilliant Insider Coupon Code to use on ALL future course purchases with us.
Personal Coaching by the course directors; each course comes with multiple 60-minute clarity coaching opportunities.
And much more here: https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/become-placenta-encapsulator/placenta-encapsulator-re-certification-training/

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"When the baby is breastfed, the skin-to-skin contact increases the release of oxytocin, facilitating the natural delivery of the placenta."

https://www.facebook.com/2LifeDoula/photos/a.353579378086602/2221831574594697/?type=3&theater

Immediate skin-to-skin and breastfeeding is a fundamental part of birth. 🤱

When the baby is breastfed, the skin-to-skin contact increases the release of oxytocin, facilitating the natural delivery of the placenta.

It also lowers the risks of haemorrhaging.
Women's bodies are amazing. 💫
Words and #Repost @your.sacred.space
・・・
Beautiful 📸 by @olivejuicecreations
#oxytocin
#thirdstage
#placentadelivery
#naturallabour
#naturalbirth

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As a midwife, Bettina has developed a very natural view of life and...

Brilliant Birth Academy

1 day 13 hours ago

At Brilliant Birth Academy, we stand for honoring birth professionals. We see ourselves as a parent institution and like most parents, we define our success by the success of those we’re investing into–our students! That passion translates into practical ways we're different:
No arbitrary deadlines for finishing your certification.
No fees for retaking your final exam.
No ‘reactivation’ fees after lapsed access.
No yearly fees for ‘certification maintenance’.
No hidden or additional fees ever.
Discover our placenta encapsulation re-certification offer here: http://www.encapsulationcertificationtraining.com/

Brilliant Birth Academy

1 day 14 hours ago

Ok I'm obsessed with this company. So beautiful.

Congratulations on winning our necklace in the @mommycon Mother’s Day Giveaway!
.
#Repost @rbtznm with @get_repost
・・・
😍😍 The last of my @mommycon Mother’s Day haul has arrived 🎉 @milkandhoneybreastmilkjewelry worked with me to create a beautiful and meaningful necklace, even without breastmilk. These colored resin “honeycomb cells” represent my daughters birthdates 💙💜💙💜 and the custom chain length makes this a piece I can wear every day of the year. Maria and Meghan were a pleasure to work with, highly recommend if you’re looking for some sentimental jewelry. Thank you!! 😘 😘 (Not an ad!!)

Brilliant Birth Academy

2 days 2 minutes ago

Many organs that have filtration abilities in the body, most notably liver is regularly and historically eaten as a particularly nutritious food. The placenta is a protective filter. It keeps out most bacteria but doesn’t have the ability to filter out viruses, drugs, or alcohol. The chorionic membrane is impenetrable to some molecular-weight drugs and toxins. The placenta also passes on the mother’s antibodies to the baby in order to keep the baby healthy for several months after birth. If the mother has acquired a natural immunity to a virus or disease, the antibodies that her body has created will be transferred to the baby via the placenta. This is the traditionally understood concept of ‘herd immunity’ operating naturally.

Brilliant Birth Academy

2 days 2 hours ago

Ha! The struggle is real! BBA welcomes everyone but it was designed for moms with full, beautiful lives. Our students report that our certification courses take less time than others—and not because we’re short on details.

We’ve intentionally condensed the presentation time of every course and put all the details into downloads and swipe files so you can get into service sooner (and because we’re imagining you trying to make progress at 6am on your cert with toddler fingers already reaching for you under the door). Discover our courses today. https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0yLduAgs3-/

thanks theurbanumi for the laugh!