Pregnancy can be a huge event in a woman’s life. All those questions and body transformations, plus the anxiety and stress! It can be really overwhelming, especially since you can’t take medicines like you would normally. So you turn to essential oils. But do you know what essential oils not to use during pregnancy?
Using essential oils during pregnancy is a sensitive matter. It requires the utmost care, and above all, the advice of a doctor in most cases. You will read a bit about the use of essential oils in pregnancy in the first chapter. That, and of course, the necessary precautions that must always be taken seriously!
There are also certain essential oils that are completely forbidden in pregnancy. Discover a comprehensive list with all potentially harmful essential oils, in the second chapter. Besides that list, you will also find one with oils that can be used.
Before concluding the article, I will give you a few Aromatherapy blends. They will refer to a few very common pregnancy conditions. See how to deal with stretch marks, back pain, and post-partum depression with essential oils. You can also take care of your breasts with a few simple ingredients. Keep reading to find out the details!
Did You Know?
- From the beginning till the end of the pregnancy, the womb will stretch 500 times! Like a lemon would expand to a medium sized watermelon.
About the Use of Essential Oils during Pregnancy and Their Precautions
When pregnant, turning to essential oils can be a smart choice. All the changes are stressful enough on your body, and you don’t really have an ally in medicines. We know medicines are very powerful and they can cause serious side effects. When you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to do is endanger your unborn child.
As I’ve told you in one of my previous articles, essential oils are somewhere between herbs and drugs. Herbs are not that concentrated to actually make a noticeable difference. They don’t make a big difference when it comes to more serious conditions like vomiting, for instance. But essential oils can help. They are concentrated substances that can influence the body and help it work better. Plus, they’re natural.
They are a nice way to help your body go through all that pressure and hardship while pregnant. Essential oils also smell very nice, and even if you don’t stand the smell of one, you will still like the smell of another. There are many different essential oils where you could choose from.
During the steam distillation of essential oils, the oil molecules are heavier than water so they will float. Their molecules are also very tiny, and it seems that this is the main safety concern in pregnancy. Because they’re so tiny, those molecules can travel really fast into the blood stream. There is also the possibility of reaching into the placenta. That could affect the baby’s blood circulation.
Because of that, there are many essential oils that are not allowed to be used during pregnancy. Essential oils molecules are solid in fat. So once they’ve done their job inside your body, they will be expelled through the maternal milk.
Before we get to the list of essential oils not to use in pregnancy, let’ see what the precautions are. Because when using essential oils during pregnancy, you must be very careful with the dose, the oil you use and even how you use it.
Precaution Measures to Take When Using Essential Oils during Pregnancy
- It is extremely important to talk to your doctor before using essential oils. Tell him which one you’d like to use and listen to his advice.
- Try not to use essential oils in the first 3 months of pregnancy without medical advice.
- Always follow the recommended dose! You are doing no one a favor by going above the specified dose. Plus, you could be harming your baby without even knowing it.
- You might want to go slow at first. Try using one drop of essential oil at a time and see how your body reacts.
- Do not use one type of essential oil for more than 7 days in a row. Luckily, you have plenty to choose from, so use them in turns. If used for a long period of time, essential oils can sensitize the skin. Once it becomes sensitive, it will always be that way.
- Never use undiluted essential oils on the skin. A 1% dilution means 6 drops of EO per Oz. carrier oil. For your own peace of mind you could add less than that.
- Make sure you only use pure essential oils. Find out how to choose your essential oils from reputable sources. Also, don’t start experimenting during pregnancy.
- Don’t apply essential oils on the womb.
- When you diffuse essential oils, do it for 15 minutes each hour. Also, leave at least an hour pass before switching to the next different essential oil.
- Epileptic pregnant women shouldn’t use essential oils at all. It would be best to avoid them if you suffer from any other serious illnesses.
- Also, avoid them if possible in case you have a miscarriage history.
- Finally, if the symptoms persist for a longer time, you should go to the doctor, a.s.a.p. You don’t want to be anything else but serious when pregnant. Essential oils are just a better way to improve mild conditions. They should never replace prescribed treatments.
Did You Know?
- A woman can be pregnant for a whole year. That was the longest pregnancy ever recorded.
A List of Essential Oils Not to Use during Pregnancy
Some essential oils are not friendly at all, especially during pregnancy. There are too many factors to take into account when using them. Keep in mind that you could be putting in danger 2 lives by using prohibited oils.
So far, there haven’t been any studies to show that abnormal babies were born. There were not reported such cases because of essential oils, anyway. However, some of them have certain strong properties that may cause problems to the uterus.
Here is a list of essential oils that are not to be used during pregnancy:
Angelica root – can stimulate all the bodily functions and the secretion of hormones.
Aniseed – can induce uterine stimulation and premature labor.
Basil – can also induce miscarriage and influence cell development.
Blue Cypress – it can cause reproductive toxicity, which makes it toxic to the fetus.
Boldo – used in high doses, Boldo is a toxic essential oil. It may cause convulsions and even coma.
Cajeput – can cause breathing problems. It is not advised because there isn’t much known about this oil.
Camphor – as little as 2 grams can be lethal. It is one of the most toxic essential oils not to use during pregnancy.
Caraway – may cause miscarriage.
Clove – can cause shortness of breath or a difficult swallowing as allergic reactions. These symptoms may be fatal for the baby and the mother.
Cinnamon – can cause contractions and affect the fetus (embryotoxicity).
Citronella – it has a certain degree of toxicity as well. One in vitro study showed a loss of spontaneous contractions in the uterus.
Cumin – it can induce vomiting and nausea.
Hyssop – the chemical constituents in this oil can cause heart problems. It can also cause miscarriage because of contractions.
Jasmine – it can induce labor, so it should be avoided throughout the pregnancy.
Mint – can induce labor as well, so it should be used towards the end of the pregnancy. Mint can also decrease the production of milk.
Nutmeg – can induce vomiting and nausea. Because of myristicin and elemicin, it is considered a concern, so it’s best to avoid it.
Oregano – is very strong so it becomes one of the most important essential oils not to use during pregnancy. It may cause miscarriage.
Parsley – can cause uterine contractions and miscarriages.
Pennyroyal – is extremely dangerous as it can cause abortion and death, if used in a large dose.
Rosemary ct. camphor – can also cause contractions and increase blood pressure, which is bad for the heart, especially during pregnancy.
Sassafras – may cause cancer and induce narcotic effects as well. It is the precursor of ecstasy.
Sage – in large dose, Sage may make the uterus bleed.
Sweet Fennel – imitates the estrogen hormone and may cause contractions.
Tansy – In large doses, Tansy causes hallucinations and addiction. It is also poisonous.
Thyme – can stimulate contractions and increase blood pressure.
Thuja – is another essential oil not to use during pregnancy. It may cause miscarriage and brain damage.
Turmeric – can also stimulate the uterus and cause menstruation. That may lead to miscarriage if it happens before term.
White Fir – can also cause miscarriage by stimulating contractions.
Wintergreen – was proven deadly toxic to lab rats. It has a certain degree of toxicity that makes it dangerous to use during pregnancy.
Wormwood – is neurotoxic in large doses. It may also cause convulsions and in extreme cases may also lead to death.
Yarrow – this oil’s chemical constituents may affect the blood circulation and the heart. It can also cause miscarriage.
These are those essential oils not to use during pregnancy. This long list makes you ask yourself twice before using any essential oil. That’s great, because you ought to research any oil you’d like to use and seek medical advice, too. Though, you should remember that all these essential oils can lead to all those dangers, especially when they’re used in large doses.
Some women may not stand the smell of essential oils at all. But if you do, then here’s a list with essential oils that you can use during pregnancy. The safest way to use them would be from the 4th month or after you’ve got the green light from your doctor.
- Lavender (true)
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Lemon Verbena
- Rose Geranium
- Tea Tree
- Ylang – Ylang
As usual, you can use essential oils topically or through diffusion. You can add 6 – 12 drops of essential oil in some fatty milk and add them into your bath water. Or you can add the same amount, or even less, in carrier oil for massages. You can also diffuse essential oils for 10 – 15 minutes per hour, in a well-ventilated room.
Now you know what the essential oils not to use during pregnancy are, so you can completely avoid them. But the others can actually help you in many ways. Especially since you can’t really run to the medicine cabinet to take a pill.
Let’s see how you could use essential oils to maintain a beautiful skin. But they can be used to soothe some of those pregnancy pains and discomfort, too.
Did You Know?
- 90% of the pregnant women will experience skin tone changes.
Essential Oils Kit for the Soon-to-Be-Mother and Recipes to Maintain Her Beauty
The essential oils kit for the soon-to-be mothers should contain as many essential oils as you can stand. Pregnancy can mess up with your sense of smell, but you have many oils to choose from. Just make sure you are not allergic, and that you’re doctor agrees with them.
Also, use them alternatively. Don’t focus only one single type of essential oil for a longer period of time.
Essential oils like:
- Lemon Eucalyptus
They are all part of the next couple recipes. Some of them were even tested and proven effective. It’s the case of Lemon essential oil, where it was used in inhalations against nausea and vomiting.
You will find one for the baby blues, back pains, and stretch marks. But you will also find a simple recipe to restore the firmness of your breasts and tummy.
Post-Partum Depression Aid
- Neroli essential oil: 15 drops
- Rose Otto: 15 drops
- Ylang-Ylang essential oil: 8 drops
- Avocado oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
Keep this blend in a dark colored glass bottle and shake well before use. Apply it especially before going to bed. It will soothe your mind and help your body relax. Neroli is uplifting by nature, and Rose Otto (essential oil) can help you fight off anxiety and open up more.
You could also use the essential oils blend in your diffuser. Pour 3 – 4 drops and keep it on for 10 -15 minutes per hour. Make sure the room is also ventilated, or else you might get headaches.
Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks Blend
- Avocado oil: 1 tablespoon
- Rosehip oil: 1 tablespoon
- Vitamin E: 4 drops
- Rose Otto: 6 drops
- Shea butter: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Melt the butter and then add the rest of carriers. At the end, add the vitamin E and stir well. Use morning and night for at least a month for visible improvement. All the oils are rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that will nourish the skin and give back its elasticity.
Soothe Pregnancy Back Pain and Sciatica
- True Lavender essential oil: 2 drops
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 2 drops
- Arnica oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Shake well before use and keep it stored in a cool, dark place. Massage the aching areas on your back two or three times a day. Do not use this blend for more than 5 days in a row.
Firm Breasts and Tummy During and After Pregnancy
- Rosehip seed oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Coconut oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Geranium essential oil: 10 drops
- Ylang-Ylang essential oil: 10 drops
Blend well and shake vigorously before use. Apply this blend on your breasts and tummy every night for a longer period of time. The skin will become more elastic and moisturized. The essential oils will tighten the skin and make it look firmer.
In conclusion, some essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy, especially from the 4th month. Still, don’t forget to seek medical advice before using them. As for those essential oils not to use during pregnancy, they should totally be avoided. Essential oils are strong and their use should be treated with the utmost care.
Do you have any experience with essential oils during pregnancy? Please share it with us, so we can all pay more attention and learn.