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Essential Oils and Pregnancy

Essential Oils and Pregnancy

Essential Oils and Pregnancy

Pregnancy often bears the stigma of being a no-go for aromatherapy treatment and essential oils, but both can actually be beneficial during the pregnancy period, labor, and postnatal care.* In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the safety concerns, oils to avoid, and oils that are safe to use.

Safety Concerns

Quality
If you are pregnant or are an aromatherapist working with pregnant clients, you should be sure to seek out the highest quality essential oils and carrier oils on the market. Using therapeutic quality oils is of utmost importance, especially when you’re pregnant.

You can be assured that choosing oils from Bio Source Naturals will provide you with the premium quality oils you’re looking for!

Chemical Components
Some oils are not recommended because the chemical components are especially strong, which can be an issue during pregnancy because skin is especially sensitive.

The Baby
Essential oils, due to their therapeutic and organic nature, do have the ability to cross the placental barrier and potentially affect the fetus. However, with proper dilution and using small amounts, a minuscule volume of essential oil actually reaches the placenta. There are no recorded cases of aromatherapy massage causing damage to a healthy fetus.

Dilution
The dilution amount is 1% or less, and no more than 4 drops added to a bath.*

Photosensitivity
Because of increased sensitivity to the sun and increased tendency to burn, you should never use undiluted oils when pregnant.*

Oils to Avoid

The following is not an exhaustive list, but rather a guide to which oils should be avoided during pregnancy.*

  • Anise Star
  • Cassia
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Fennel
  • Pennyroyal
  • Thyme
  • Sweet Birch
  • Wintergreen

Safe to Use Oils

As previously stated, most essential oils are appropriate for use during pregnancy, and the real danger comes from incorrect or irresponsible use.*

This blog is to be used for guidance only, and not as a replacement for professional advice. Information, statements, and products on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, mitigate, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

Read about the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of using essential oils here.*

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.

 

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