Essential oils you should avoid during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a miraculous and delicate journey, during which the future mother often seek natural remedies to alleviate discomfort and promote relaxation. Essential oils have gained popularity as a holistic approach to address various pregnancy-related concerns. While many essential oils offer therapeutic benefits, not all are safe for pregnant women.

In this blog article, we will discuss which essential oils to avoid during pregnancy and why it's crucial to exercise caution when using them.

1. Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated extracts obtained from various plant parts like leaves, flowers, stems, and roots. They are renowned for their aromatic and therapeutic properties. However, not all essential oils are suitable for pregnant women, as some may pose potential risks to both the mother and the developing baby.

2. Safety Concerns During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the body undergoes significant changes, and the developing fetus is highly susceptible to outside influences. Some essential oils may contain compounds that can cross the placenta or affect hormonal balance, potentially causing harm. It's essential to exercise caution and consult with a healthcare professional before using any essential oils during pregnancy.

3. List of Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

  1. Bitter almond

  2. Angelica

  3. Aniseed: Aniseed oil can mimic the effects of estrogen and should be used with caution, if at all, during pregnancy.

  4. Basil: Basil essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy due to its potential to stimulate menstrual flow.

  5. Black pepper

  6. Camphor

  7. Cedarwood

  8. Cinnamon: Cinnamon oil may be too stimulating and could irritate the skin, especially when the skin is naturally more sensitive during pregnancy.

  9. Clary sage: Clary sage has been known to influence hormone levels and uterine contractions, making it a potential risk during pregnancy.

  10. Clove

  11. Fennel

  12. Ginger

  13. Horseradish

  14. Hyssop

  15. Jasmine

  16. Juniper

  17. Lemon

  18. Marjoran

  19. Melissa root

  20. Mugwort

  21. Myrrh

  22. Nutmeg

  23. Oregano: Oregano oil is potent and can potentially irritate mucous membranes, making it unsuitable during pregnancy.

  24. Pennyroyal: Pennyroyal oil is notorious for its toxicity and should be strictly avoided during pregnancy, as it can lead to serious complications.

  25. Pine

  26. Rosemary: Rosemary essential oil is best avoided, as it may stimulate blood circulation.

  27. Stinging nettle

  28. Tansy

  29. Thyme

  30. Wintergreen: Wintergreen oil contains high levels of methyl salicylate, which can be harmful when absorbed through the skin during pregnancy.

  31. Wormwood

  32. Juniper Berry: This oil can overstimulate the kidneys and should be avoided, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy.

4. Safe Alternatives and Precautions

Instead of using the above-mentioned essential oils during pregnancy, consider safer alternatives that can provide similar benefits without potential risks. Essential oils like Lavender, Chamomile, and Ylang-Ylang are generally regarded as safe when diluted appropriately and used in moderation.

However, it's essential to follow these precautions:

  1. Always consult with your GP or aromatherapist before using essential oils during pregnancy.

  2. Use essential oils in diluted forms, such as in carrier oils like almond, jojoba, or apricot oil.

  3. Perform a patch test to ensure you don't experience any skin reaction.

  4. Avoid using essential oils during the first trimester when the risk of miscarriage is highest.

While essential oils can offer many benefits, pregnant women should exercise caution and prioritise safety when using them. Remember that every pregnancy is unique, so always seek personalised advice and guidance to make informed choices about essential oil use during this special time in your life 💚

Faustine 

(source: Skinformation - A clean science guide to beautiful skin, Terri Vinson)

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