Free shipping in HK for orders above 500 HKD. Free international shipping for orders above 200 USD.

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.  

Related Posts





Also in What's New

Molds in Air Conditioning Units: An Invisible Health Risk
Molds in Air Conditioning Units: An Invisible Health Risk

September 21, 2018 0 Comments

Molds. They are everywhere and we’re exposed to them every dayThey come in different forms and colors like the black spots on your shower curtains, or the mildew on your bathroom and kitchen tiles, or the white patches on walls and floors, or the invisible toxic mold in the air 

Molds grow in warm, dark and moist environment. Where there is moisture problem, there is mold. In fact, moisture is the key cause of mold growth. Air conditioners are only used intermittently. This allows moisture, dust and debris to collect in the air handler where molds can grow. As molds grow, its spores make their way in to the ducts system and front of the AC unit where they can be spread easily in the air and be inhaled by you or your family. That’s why it is very important to take immediate action to protect your family’s health. 

Continue Reading

Best Ways to Fight Dengue Fever Using Essential Oils
Best Ways to Fight Dengue Fever Using Essential Oils

September 07, 2018 0 Comments

According to the Center for Health Protection (CHP), there is an outbreak of Dengue Fever in Hong Kong. As of last month, the total number of cases has reached 90 and the numbers are rapidly increasing that in July of this year alone they are able to record the highest number of dengue cases since 1994.  

Mosquito control is a challenging problem, no matter what part of the world you are in right now. There are a lot of products out there that promise to help you protect your family against mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they bring. The question is, are they really effective and safe?  

We know that when it comes to your family, you want only the safest and natural solution. So here are the best essential oils that will surely keep mosquitoes away from you, your loved ones, and your home. 

Continue Reading

Bring Back your Confidence with our Anti-Stretch Marks Serum
Bring Back your Confidence with our Anti-Stretch Marks Serum

August 29, 2018 0 Comments

Childbirth is a wonderful journey. Nothing can compare to the happiness and excitement mothers feel when they see their little bundle of joy for the first time. But amid the joys of being a new mom, we can’t hide the fact that pregnancy and child birth make a lot of changes in a woman’s body.  We’re talking about stretch marks on your belly, buttocks, hips, and other parts of the body.  

HoPE’s Co-Founder is a dedicated mom, so we can really relate to these issues. That’s why we have developed an anti-stretch marks serum that is guaranteed to help shrink stretch marks and make them disappear entirely!

Continue Reading