Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Postpartum Blues-Banishing Air Freshener

No one ever expects to come home from the hospital with a beautiful brand new baby and find themselves falling into depression.  Whether PPD creeps in slowly and deceptively, or slaps you in the face, you are not alone.  Every mother I know has run into some level of Baby Blues after their baby is born.  With hormones raging, new changes happening to your body, and a lonely, quiet house, it's understandable.  This spray is not a cure, but at least it can help lighten the mood and bring you a fresh perspective.  If you ever find yourself feeling depressed, spritz some of this in your house, and then sit down for a good chat with a friend, call your pastor, or meet a group of new mommies in your area.  If there isn't a friend you can call to lift your spirits, feel free to email me (bethany{at}happyhomemaker{dot}me) and I'll call you right away.  No one should be left feeling alone and afraid!

If you already own a few essential oils, this little spray is one of the quickest things to whip up.  Simply fill a little spray bottle (I bought mine in the travel/dollar section at Target) with distilled water and drop in a few drops each of your favorite essential oils.  I used lavender and vanilla, but geranium, bergamot, and cucumber-melon are mood-lifting oils as well.

Essential oils can be found all over the internet, and also in most craft stores (check the soap/candle making aisles).  I actually found my lavender essential oil in the pharmacy section of my local Target!  There is so much that you can do with essential oils, and once you invest in them, you won't regret it.

When things seem insurmountable, sit down, spray this little homemade air freshener, open your Bible, call a friend, and find peace.  

So do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Here are some favorite comforting verses:

Matthew 11:28-30
Psalm 147:3
Zephaniah 3:17

1 comment:

  1. You are such a sweetie! After I had Ivan, I decided to read through the Bible from beginning to end... I did it in less than 6 months, and I have never felt better!
    Thanks for including those verses.


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