Essential Oils - What's Safe During Pregnancy?

For thousands of years, people have used essential oils as a natural, holistic treatment for ailments such as acne, signs of ageing, insomnia, stress and anxiety to name a few. These substances can also relieve pregnancy aches and pains - but they aren’t always recommended for mothers-to-be. There’s simply not enough research on the effect of essential oils on developing fetuses, and that's why we are posting today's blog: because we care more about you and your babies health, than we do about making a sale.


Tips from Science Direct also include:

- Use a lower dose of essential oils during pregnancy

- Do not ingest essential oils during pregnancy or breastfeeding

- Use with a carrier oil when used topically (if the oil does not include it already)

- Use an air purifier vs. an oil burner (burners can 'damage' the oils)

- Try and reduce toxins from as much as possible (food, beauty products, pollution etc.)

- Consult your doctor if you are unsure


Here’s what you need to know before sniffing your favorite aromatherapy scent or slathering on an essential oil, and remember, you can always ask your doctor if you aren't sure.



Essential Oils in the First Trimester

You shouldn't use essential oils in early pregnancy because they could potentially cause uterine contractions or adversely affect your baby in his early developmental stages, explains Jill Edwards, N.D., an Oregon-based doctor of naturopathic medicine who specializes in prenatal care. More research needs to be conducted on the topic, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Pregnant women should also avoid aromatherapy products and treatments in the first trimester, since essential oils are the key ingredients used in aromatherapy (ane in our skin and hair care products).


Essential Oils in the Second and Third Trimesters

"In the second and third trimesters, some essential oils are safe to use, as your baby is more developed," Edwards adds. These include lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang - all of which calm, relax, and aid sleep.


Here are some tips: Stick with essentials oils that are “100 percent pure and unadulterated,” according to a July 2019 article from SHAPE. Only use essential oils externally because ingesting them may cause miscarriage, lead to preterm labor, or negatively affect your fetus. Finally, you should always dilute essential oils with olive oil or coconut oil before applying to the skin (we like to use almond oil as our carrier oil).


You can try all of these once you hit your second trimester:




Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

Oils that can cause contractions are a definite no-no - and that includes cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and clary sage.


Here are the oils you should skip until your baby arrives:


  • Arnica (homeopathic is fine)

  • Basil

  • Birch (sweet)

  • Bitter almond

  • Boldo leaf

  • Broom

  • Buchu

  • Calamus

  • Camphor (brown or yellow)

  • Cassia

  • Cedarwood/thuja

  • Chervil

  • Cinnamon

  • Clary sage

  • Clove (bud, leaf or stem)

  • Coriander

  • Costus

  • Deertongue

  • Elecampane

  • Fennel

  • Horseradish

  • Hyssop

  • Jaborandi leaf

  • Juniper berry

  • Melilotus

  • Mugwort

  • Mustard

  • Nutmeg

  • Origanum

  • Parsley (large doses)

  • Pennyroyal

  • Pine (dwarf)

  • Rosemary

  • Rue

  • Sassafras

  • Savin

  • Savory (summer)

  • Tansy

  • Thyme red (large doses)

  • Tonka

  • Wintergreen

  • Wormwood

  • Vetiver

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Source: Parents.com; Science Direct; Hello Magazine; Healthline



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