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May 11, 2018

Essential Oils and Pregnancy

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”- Rajneesh

Oh, pregnancy! It is such a beautiful and rewarding time in a woman’s life. Your body is undertaking the most incredible job, creating another life. While pregnancy is the miracle of life, it brings major changes to your body and emotions. Your physical body grows and organs move to make way for the baby and your hormones feel out of whack, plus you can suffer from morning sickness and fatigue.

Of course, natural products are a must when taking care of yourself during the journey. Any other time you would reach for your go-to essential oil blend without hesitation but now, you must think about the baby first.

Is it safe to use essential oils while pregnant?

When used properly many essential oils can be safe for pregnant and nursing women, however, we always recommend talking with a trusted medical professional or aromatherapist before usage.

It is important to acknowledge that there are standard safe practices in regard to using essential oils while pregnant. Below we are going to go through the do’s and don’ts of essential oil use during pregnancy.

Heightened Senses

Pregnancy can bring on heightened senses. This can include skin sensitivity and a heightened sense of smell. When it comes to topical application, you do want to make sure that your essential oils are heavily diluted during this special time. The general guideline is to always use a 1% dilution rate. This is to help avoid any skin irritation as well as avoid nausea when that sense of smell is working overtime.

When diffusing, it is recommended to follow safe diffusion guidelines. Use 3-5 drops of essential oil per 100ml of water in the diffuser. Diffuse in 30-60 minute intervals with break periods for safe and effective use.

Which Essential Oils Can I Use?

As an expectant mother, it is important to know which essential oils are safe and which ones can be potentially dangerous for mommy and baby. Below we have provided a list of essential oils that are considered safe or dangerous during pregnancy. (Please keep in mind that this list is not complete and only contains oils that Rocky Mountain Oils currently carries.)

Big No-No’s

Oils To Use Sparingly

The below oils we recommend using at a very high dilution rate .5% – 1%. You can learn more about how to dilute your oils here.

Generally Safe Oils

Why Use Essential Oils While Pregnant

Essential oils can be extremely beneficial for those pregnant bodies as long as they are used appropriately and responsibly. Why would we want to use essential oils during pregnancy?

They can offer:

Recipes

Here are some easy and fun recipes that include pregnancy safe oils and proper dilution

Massage My Feet

Mix essential oils and carrier oil together and massage into feet and legs as needed.

Smooth Baby Bump

Melt 2 teaspoons of Better Butter in the palm of your hand, add essential oils and apply to your baby bump for smooth skin.

Spring Baby Diffuser Blend

Morning Sickness Diffuser Blend

 

* Safety Precaution* Please do not use essential oils while pregnant or breastfeeding if taking medication or have known allergies or sensitivities. Immediately discontinue uses if experiencing adverse reactions. Always check with a trusted and trained medical professional, aromatherapist, or midwife before use as medical history, current condition and medications need to be taken into consideration.

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I think peppermint should be added to your “no no” list.

Ellen | July 15, 2018 | Reply

    Thank you for the suggestion Ellen. However, through our research, Peppermint is an oil that has not been listed as one to avoid during pregnancy. If there concerns, please contact an Aromatherapist or trusted health professional before use. Here is a great link if you would like to research more on your own or contact an Aromatherapist in your area: https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#pregnancy

    Customer Service RMO | July 20, 2018 | Reply