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Essential Oils and Pregnancy

By , August 16, 2010 8:58 pm

The skin becomes more permeable and sensitive during pregnancy. During the therapeutic application of blended essential oils, tiny molecules of essential oil permeate the skin thus allowing essential oils into the blood stream and other tissue fluids, consequently essential oils are able to cross the placental barrier. It should be pointed out that there is no evidence to suggest that unborn babies have been harmed as a result of their mothers using essential oils during pregnancy.

Nevertheless there are a number of essential oils that stimulate menstruation during the first trimester. In reality a woman would need to apply a very high concentration of essential oils to cause miscarriage or toxicity, certainly far more than is used in the therapeutic application of blended essential oils. However it is always best to err on the side of caution. If you are at all concerned about using essential oils or have a history of miscarriage it is best to avoid using essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy.

As skin sensitivity is increased during pregnancy it is advisable to complete a skin test before using any product containing essential oils. Let us know if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant as we recommend using a lower dilution of essential oils in therapeutic application and will blend products accordingly. There are several essential oils that can help with itchy skin, restless legs and prevent stretch marks, all of which are common during pregnancy.

LIST A – Oils to use with safety during the whole pregnancy:

Benzoin
Bergamot
Bitter Orange
Black Pepper
Cedarwood
Eucalyptus
Frankincense
Geranium
Ginger
Grapefruit
Lemon
Mandarin
Neroli
Petitgrain
Pine
Ravensara
Rose geranium
Rose Otto
Rosewood
Sandalwood
Sweet Orange
Tea Tree
Ylang Ylang

LIST B – Oils which have very mild diuretic or emmenagoguic properties but are never the less considered safe to use during the whole pregnancy dependant upon client history:

Chamomile German
Chamomile Moroccan
Chamomile Roman
Lavender
Marjoram Sweet
Marjoram (Spanish)
Thyme Sweet
True Melissa

LIST C – Oils which are safe to use during the second half of the pregnancy:

Basil
Cajuput
Clary Sage
Cypress
Myrhh
Niaouli
Rosemary

Unless recommended by an aromatherapist, it is best during pregnancy not to use any unknown oils or any not mentioned in lists A, B and C.

LIST D. Oils contain ketones or phenols and, although they have not been proved to be dangerous at the low levels always recommended for aromatherapy, they are best used only by therapists at this time. They should be treated with the greatest respect at all times.

Angelica
Aniseed
Basil
Camphor
Caraway
Clove
Cinnamon
Fennel (Sweet)
Hyssop
Juniper
Lemongrass
Nutmeg
Origanum
Parsley
Pennyroyal
Savory
Tarragon
Thyme (Red)