Are Essential Oils Safe To Use During Pregnancy?

Essential Oils can be a fantastic aid in soothing various symptoms during pregnancy. They have the ability to reduce stress, swelling and nausea. We want to encourage and help our pregnant patrons stay informed and safe during this exciting time! And whether you are new to Essential Oils, or a tried and true advocate, these tips and tricks will help you navigate what products are safe and can be utilized during each trimester, and while nursing. Please note that there are no definitive rules in essential oil use. Be sure to follow directions, and when in doubt, consult a medical professional in order to be as safe as possible.

WHY USE ESSENTIAL OILS THROUGHOUT PREGNANCY

Pregnancy brings on many changes to the body. Many do experience a wide range of symptoms. Essential Oils, when used appropriately, can help to reduce, mitigate and provide relief for the following:

  • Reduce Nausea
  • Calm feelings of Anxiousness
  • Reduce Stress and Relaxation
  • Combat Cold Symptoms
  • Heighten Mood
  • Ease Tense Muscles
  • Decrease Hormonal Breakouts and Blemishes

FIRST TRIMESTER

REDUCING NAUSEA – In order to ease nausea, diffuse Sweet Orange or Green Mandarin. You may also mix with a carrier oil and massage into the skin.

INCREASING ENERGY LEVELS – Fatigue is a common symptom, especially during the first trimester. Grapefruit, Lemon and Sweet Orange can be used separately or blended together in a glass of water or in a diffuser in the morning. The drops can be applied topically throughout the day whenever a pick me up is needed.

SECOND TRIMESTER

STUFFY HEAD – During pregnancy, physicians recommend avoiding a majority of over the counter cold medications, however this doesn’t mean you must suffer through the pains of a nasty head cold without any relief. Eucalyptus can be utilized for easing both sinus and respiratory congestion. We recommend using a personal diffuser and inhaling this oil.

REDUCE STRESS AND PROMOTE RELAXATION – Stress can hit at different times in life and it is something we all must learn to manage. During pregnancy, it is important to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. Frankincense can be used to combat a variety of ailments, but we especially love it for fostering relaxation! Other uses include reducing the risk of stretch marks, aids the immune system and improves sleep.

SWOLLEN ANKLES – While pregnant, your blood and fluid volume increase by 50%. This excess fluid ensures the baby as access to what it needs. Often times it will settle into the feet in ankles. We recommend combining a few drops of Geranium, Ginger, Lemon and Lavender into a rollerball.

THIRD TRIMESTER

HEALTHY SKIN – Hormonal breakouts can be treated with our Organic Tea Tree by applying directly to blemishes.

INDIGESTION – Apply 3 drops of Ginger to the abdomen or the bottom of feet. You also may diffuse this oil throughout the day to soothe indigestion symptoms.

STRETCH MARKS – Tiny tears may cause scars that appear as stretch marks for up to 90 percent of women during pregnancy. Luckily, combining a few drops of Lavender Oil with a carrier such as coconut and massaging over can soothe skin. 

COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS DEEMED SAFE TO USE DURING PREGNANCY BY THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF AROMATHERAPISTS (IFPA):

ESSENTIAL OILS WE RECOMMEND AVOIDING DURING PREGNANCY AND WHILE BREASTFEEDING:

Pregnancy is such a special and exciting time. It is good to know all of your options when it comes your health and comfort. Essential oils can be a wonderful option for making you feel your best. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us or contact a medical professional.