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Essential Oils to Avoid when Pregnant or Breastfeeding

March 27, 2018 0 Comments

Essential Oils to Avoid when Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Motherhood is an incredible journey. Mothers always want to make sure that their little ones are safe even before they are born! Most moms would choose natural products to ensure their little babies are healthy. But just because something is natural doesn't necessarily mean they are safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Some essential oils have properties that are potentially harmful during the early stages of life. Some may even pass through the placenta and be ingested by the young baby inside your tummy! It is very important that you do your research before using essential oils. Below is a guide that will help you understand the oils you'd need to avoid or use sparingly during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

The First Trimester

Essential oils can be helpful during pregnancy if used safely and with care. As a rule of thumb, no essential oil should be ingested during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you have a high risk for miscarriage, essential oils should be avoided during the first trimester. Pregnant and lactating women should remember to use only very little amount of essential oil with 1% dilution. The more oils that you use, the more you will absorb.  

Another thing to remember is that essential oils should only be used in a time of need when you are pregnant and at this stage. If you want to use oils, dilute them as a skin application so that they enter the body slowly. Diffusion is also a great method, because you won’t absorb a lot of the oils. Just remember to run the diffuser for only 10-15 minutes. 

Safe and Dangerous Oils

Safe oils you can use when pregnant or breastfeeding include: 
 
There is a lot of confusion over the safety of lavender essential oil in pregnancy and this is because lavender can be used to regulate periods. This does not mean using it in pregnancy raises the risk of miscarriage. However, for ease of mind, you may want to wait until your second trimester before using it.  
 

Don't use the following essential oils while you are pregnant:  
  • Nutmeg, which may have hallucinogenic effects and react with pain-relieving drugs in labour. 
  • Basil, which is thought to contribute to abnormal cell development. 
  • Jasmine and clary sage, which may trigger contractions. 
  • Sage and rose, which may cause bleeding in your uterus (womb). 
  • Juniper berry, which may affect your kidneys. 
  • Laurel, angelica, thyme, cumin, aniseed, citronella and cinnamon leaf should also be avoided as they could stimulate contractions.  
There is no proof that these oils can harm your baby, but it does help to think about the oils that you are using and the effects that they have on your body. Some of the dangerous oils for example, may not harm you but when they are absorbed into the body, they are then being absorbed by your baby and this can make things very difficult.
You should also avoid adulterated oils because they may have constituents that are harmful. 

The Benefits of Oil

There are many pregnancy discomforts that can be relieved with safe use of essential oilsGrapefruitsweet orange, and lemon oils are good for morning sickness, nausea, and fatigue. Most mothers find relief for back pains after massaging their backs with lavender oil. This oil also helps with insomnia and anxiety. For dry skin and stretchmarks, you can use a mixture of sweet orange oil and rosehip oil.  
We are with you on your journey to motherhood. Drop us a line if you have questions about using any of our oils. Here at House of Pure Essence, we always make only organic and purest essential oils. This is to ensure that our customers get peace of mind that they are buying safe products.  

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