Essential Oils for Pregnancy
Post updated on June 10, 2016 to reflect the latest trends in Essential Oils.
When we are pregnant, we often worry a lot about what we eat and what we can and cannot put IN our bodies. But what about what we put ON our bodies? What we place on our skin and what we breathe in enters our body as much as food does, just through a different system. What we put on our skin goes into our bloodstreams – that’s a big deal. In addition to that, particles in the air that we smell and breathe in directly affect our brain, so it is very important that we avoid breathing in toxic substances like air fresheners, paint fumes and perfume. It’s important to be aware of how our beauty product and health care choices affect our bodies, so we can make healthy changes.
Things to Avoid
Anything with “fragrance” as this is a synthetic chemical and toxic. Instead of perfume, choose a favorite essential oil to carry with you through the day. Use coconut oil with an essential oil added in as a substitute for lotion. Replace commercial air freshener by making your own with your essential oils. Rather than burning candles (which make the air you breathe toxic), choose a diffuser with essential oils instead! These simple changes are a gift you can give yourself and your baby.
Essential Oils as a Tool
Essential oils are a wonderful tool and gift while pregnant – for digestive health, calming, promoting healthy sleep patterns and sooth aches and pains. Using our favorite brand’s immunity blend daily on my feet was a comfort and a support to be being pregnant during the winter and their digestive blend was very soothing for my digestive system. I recommend using oils like orange or grapefruit daily in your diffuser as well for mood lifting and regulation. With so many wonderfully safe choices, essential oils can be a tremendous blessing during pregnancy.
Used reasonably, most essential oils are safe for pregnancy according to world-recognized essential oil expert Dr. Robert Tisserand.
- For pregnancy, the general recommendation is a 1% dilution, or 1 drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
- Internal use is generally discouraged during pregnancy but it’s ok for some single oils. Please do your research and use the resources available to you.
- Some choose to avoid essential oil use in the first trimester. This is a personal choice and something to consider if you’ve had previous loss or premature labor. The oils can still be very helpful and effective used aromatically.
- Always listen closely to your body. If at any time you notice that using an essential oil causes contractions or any discomfort, discontinue use immediately.
- Essential oils will NOT start labor if the body is not ready, they are not like medications that force outcomes.
*This list only covers doTERRA essential oils which are pure, therapeutic grade and verified so by thorough testing. Please never use essential oils from the drugstore on yourself or your family as they can contain solvents and chemicals.
Common oils that are safe and gentle (topical use): Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and citrus oils like Wild Orange, Bergamot and Lemon.
Oils that may cause skin irritation. Use only as-needed and diluted: Clary Sage (may stimulate contractions), Clove, Cypress, Marjoram , Peppermint, Rosemary (may lower blood pressure), Oregano and Thyme.
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