Are Essential Oils Safe for Pregnancy?

Aromatherapy is a common way to treat the physical discomforts of pregnancy. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic application of essential oils for holistic healing. Essential oils are typically derived from flowers and herbs that have positive effects on the body, physically and psychologically. You can apply aromatherapy by the use of massage, topical applications, and inhalation.

There are many benefits to using essential oils during pregnancy, including relief from morning sickness and other pregnancy discomforts. However, not all essential oils are recommended for soon to be moms. Some of these products can have chemicals that can be hazardous if used the wrong way. Here, we will take a look at what essential oils are safe for pregnancy!

Safe for Pregnancy

  • Lavender – Lavender oil is amazing for relaxation. This is usually the most popular oil for its amazing, sweet smell.
  • Citrus – Citrus oil is perfect for boosting your mood! If you are looking for a way to beat those pregnancy and postpartum blues try citrus oils like lemon, lime, and mandarin.
  • Jasmine – Jasmine oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can be useful for general skin care and treatment.
  • Tea Tree – Tea tree has incredible germ fighting properties making it useful in many everyday household items like hand sanitizer, natural deodorant, and acne medication.
  • Rose – Rose oil is great for hydrating the skin, minimizing the appearance of scars, and clearing acne. If you are looking to give  your skin that extra boost, try rose oil!

There are some essential oils that should be avoided during pregnancy either because they can cause complications like uterine contractions, or because there is not enough evidence yet to support whether or not these essential oils are safe for use during pregnancy. Studies published by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy point out that toxicity found during pregnancy is almost exclusive due to taking large, toxic doses of essential oils.

Ones to Avoid

  • Basil
  • Cedar wood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary sage
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme red
  • Wintergreen

This is not an exhaustive list. Please refer to your healthcare provider before using any essential oils. In conclusion, when used properly, essential oils are a great way to relax and provide relief throughout your pregnancy. If you are looking for more relaxing tips and/or are wanting to learning more about the Birth Center Stone Oak care, give us a call at 210.481.7549.