Essential Oils During Pregnancy

Essential oils during pregnancy can work well together in a positive way. Essential oils come from natural sources, such as plants, flowers and wood and if used responsibly, can be very beneficial in a therapeutic way. Pregnancy can bring on a wide range of symptoms like morning sickness, indigestion, edema and a lot of other niggling complaints, so when you introduce aromatherapy while you are pregnant, it can help you achieve a more relaxed, calm and enjoyable pregnancy.

Many moms to be find aromatherapy and essential oils very useful and in this day an age we should look for ways to alleviate the negative symptoms of pregnancy. Essential oils during pregnancy can help in this way. Not all essential oils are recommended during pregnancy but there are a lot that can assist in maintaining a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy.

We must always remember that good quality essential oils are highly concentrated, so when we are pregnant, we must use sparingly. Do not buy cheaper essential oils or fragrance oils as they may be tainted with chemicals and therefore could have an adverse effect. Always buy high quality essential oils and see a reputable aromatherapist who will happily guide you in the correct oils to buy and how to use them while you are pregnant.

When using essential oils in the ‘neat’ form you must dilute them with a carrier oil, one of the better carriers l like using is Grape-seed Oil, as it has little aroma and when adding the essential oil, does not corrupt the scent. When we use essential oils, whether via massage or diffuser we must understand once we ingest them, they work in the same way as pharmaceutical medicines. So there is a possibility they may cross the placenta, it is very important to only use essential oils that are known to be safe during pregnancy.

Nobody knows exactly the effect essential oils during pregnancy have on the developing baby, but one thing we do know is there are more positives than negatives.

Always use just one drop of essential oil to at least 5 drops of a carrier oil and a good thing to do is change your essential oil daily. If in doubt, always consult your professional Aromatherapist.

Essential oils that are known to be safe to use during a healthy pregnancy are, Tangerine, Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, Cypress, Geranium and Spearmint, Tea tree oil is safe to use, but not recommended while you are in labor.

Essential Oils that are not to be used while you are pregnant are, Nutmeg, Jasmine, Sage, Rose, Rosemary, Juniper Berry. There are some essential oils that can stimulate contractions, so it is best to avoid these, they include Laurel, Citronella and Angelica Oils.

One thing we must remember and that is, these wonderful oils have been around for centuries and have been used for pregnancy and therapeutic management, because they have the ability to promote and enhance a healthy enjoyable pregnancy.

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