Are essential oils safe to use during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, your body goes through many physical and hormonal changes that can induce feelings of sensitivity and discomfort. Using essential oils during pregnancy helps support your well-being during these changes, relieving stress and discomfort where possible. 

Aromatic oils trace back to Ancient Egyptian times, where essential oils were used for cosmetic or medicinal purposes. Oils were created from cultivated plants and used to enhance well-being, as well as in the embalming process. Today, the use of essential oils continues to offer many therapeutic benefits to us. 

Diffusing and inhaling essential oils can help support the immune system, soothe the mind and relieve the feeling of stress or discomfort. These oils can be used by people of all ages, at various stages of their lives, including pregnancy*. 

If you decide to use essential oils, it's important to follow the safety guidelines and to ensure that you are living a healthy life with proper food intake and exercise. 

*Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard the advice of a medical professional, or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

 

What is an essential oil? 

Essential oil is a concentrated liquid derived from beneficial plants, like Eucalyptus, Lavender and Mint. 

Essential oils can create a positive impact on your health, as long as they're used correctly. 

    Are essential oils safe to use during pregnancy? 

    There are many essential oils that are safe to use during pregnancy. As always, it's always best to consult your physician before using them.

    Safety guidelines for using essential oils during pregnancy

    It's unusual for women to experience negative side effects or increased sensitivity from using essential oils during pregnancy. However, a smaller application of the oils is recommended.

    Essential oils are all different. It's important to seek guidance from your doctor as to which essential oils are best to use during your pregnancy. Here is what we recommend.

     

    Essential oils for nausea and morning sickness

    Peppermint

    Peppermint oil has a wide variety of uses. It has been known to treat IBS symptoms, nausea and general digestive issues. It's also known to relieve headaches.

    Ginger

    Ginger is used as an anti-inflammatory. It can also be used to treat nausea. 

    Spearmint

    One of the many herbs that relieve digestive discomforts. Spearmint is commonly used for indigestion, nausea, gas and vomiting. 

     

    Essential oils for boosting your mood 

    Geranium

    Geranium can be beneficial for anxiety, infection and pain management. It's a terrific antibacterial and anti-oxidant. Geranium also has some anti-inflammatory properties. 

    Lemon

    Extracted from lemon peels, lemon essential oil can be applied to your skin or diffused into the air. Lemon essential oil is known to alleviate the feeling of exhaustion, and for killing viruses and bacteria. 

    Wild Orange

    With stimulating and purifying qualities, Wild Orange is an essential oil that supports healthy immune system function. Diffusing Wild Orange can help boost your mood and energise your body.

    Patchouli 

    Not only is Patchouli essential oil good for treating skin conditions like acne and dry skin, but also for relaxation. It's known to ease stress and anxiety and has a beautiful grounding effect on the body. 

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    Sandalwood

    Sandalwood essential oil has calming effects that can make you feel at peace. It can reduce stress or anxiety. For regular users, it can release feelings of hypertension.

    Essential oils for relaxation

    Rose 

    The soothing and calming scent of rose essential oil helps you destress and relax. Rose essential oil can be applied topically or through a diffuser. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Rose geranium oil is often used in the foodservice industry to preserve food. 

    Petitgrain 

    Derived from an orange tree, Petitgrain has been used for centuries to support the immune system. The greatest benefit of this oil is its ability to make you feel relaxed and at peace. 

     

    Essential oils for a good night's sleep

    Lavender

    Lavender is one of the more popular essential oils. Used in a diffuser, it can help you drift off to sleep and enjoy a good night's rest.  

    German Chamomile

    With its straw-like aroma, German chamomile promotes a peaceful night's sleep and relieves feelings of anxiety. Chamomile can also ease skin conditions like rashes or eczema. Some people choose chamomile essential oil for back pain relief.

    Stretch Mark Body Oil is the perfect oil to use during your pregnancy. The nourishing formulation is great for use during and post-pregnancy and is suitable for all skin types. 

    Essential oils to avoid during pregnancy

    It’s recommended that you refrain from using the following essential oils during pregnancy. 

  • Aniseed
  • Basil 
  • Birch
  • Camphor
  • Clary Sage
  • Hyssop
  • Mogwort
  • Oak Moss
  • Parley Seed or Leaf
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sage
  • Tansy
  • Tarragon
  • Thuja
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood

  • Remember to consult your obstetrician-gynecologist or doctor before using essential oils. 

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