Is It Safe To Use Essential Oils During Pregnancy?
Educating yourself on using essential oils during pregnancy can be difficult, as there isn’t a lot of information available on the subject. Pregnant and nursing mothers do not want to offer themselves, nor their children up for research in this area.
Much of what we know about using essential oils during pregnancy has come from an educated understanding of aromatherapy, natural occurrences and a handful of case studies. Still, using essential oils in pregnancy and breastfeeding can be beneficial, but there are safety issues which should be assessed.
- First Trimester: It is not recommended that you use essential oils in the first trimester, as this is considered the most delicate time in pregnancy.
- Amount of Use: It is recommended that you do not use essential oils frequently, but rather minimally. Less is more.
- Dilution: It is recommended that you dilute at 1% for topical application so as not to overwhelm your system.
- EOs to Avoid: It is important to know which oils are regarded as unsafe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. For example, solvent extracted oils, or absolutes are not recommended to be used during pregnancy.
- Diffusion: It is recommended that you do not diffuse for long periods of time, and that your diffuser is in a well-ventilated room. For example, try opening a window while your diffuser is running.
- Aromatherapist: It is highly recommended that if you choose to use essential oils during pregnancy and breastfeeding, that you work with an aromatherapist who specializes in using essential oils during pregnancy. Most medical doctors do not have experience in using essential oils, and should not be relied on for aromatherapy advice.
- Stay Educated: It doesn’t hurt to research essential oil safety. If you have the time, read Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice by Denise Tran. This book is a good read for expectant, pregnant and nursing mothers using essential oils.
Essential oils to avoid
The following oils should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding (Tisserand and Young, 2014). Please note, that this is not a complete list.
DIY Stretch Mark Body Butter
There are some factors in pregnancy we wish we could do without, such as nausea, headache, acid reflux, fatigue… the list goes on! But let’s be thankful for the factors we can control, like stretch marks. We’ve come up with an all-natural solution to this very problem, so you can enjoy your pregnancy to the fullest.
- Measure your ingredients. You may have to weigh ingredients such as Beeswax and Cocoa Butter for an exact measurement.
- Melt Beeswax in a double boiler.
- Stir in Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil and Coconut Oil. Remove from heat.
- Add the essential oils to your glass jar, then pour in the mixture and stir ingredients together.
- Allow the body butter to cool and solidify.
- Use about a quarter of the body butter, and smooth over belly and stretch marks.
- If you are not using essential oils during pregnancy or nursing, this body butter is still skin nourishing and may help to reduce the look of stretch marks when the essential oils are removed.