Can You Use Essential Oils
during your Pregnancy?

Find out about the many benefits to your pregnancy and also the important cautions for using essential oils during this exciting time. Some essential oils may be beneficial and some others you will want to avoid.

Always check with your health care practitioner before you use any essential oils during any trimester, or if you might suspect that you are pregnant. The information that follows is not intended to recommend, prescribe or diagnose. The following essential oils may benefit AFTER the First Trimester:

LEMON: great for energy, mentally energizes, and helps assist the immune system

ORANGE: calms, uplifts, and promotes joy

LAVENDER: calms and balances (use after 12 weeks)

TANGERINE: used to help reduce stretch marks

BERGAMOT: may relieve stress and emotional imbalances

GRAPEFRUIT: refreshes and energizes, may help with headaches and water retention and cellulite

ROMAN CHAMOMILE: helps with inner tension and is calming.

Use 1/2 - 1 percent dilution of essential oil to carrier mixing oil or lotion during pregnancy.

Avoid all essential oils during the First Trimester if miscarriage is a concern or has been a concern.

Safety and Cautions During Your Pregnancy

The following oils are emmenagogues. This means they may induce a menstrual flow, so you should NOT use these during the First Trimester of your pregnancy:

Cedarwood, Chamomile, Geranium, Juniper-berry, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

The following oils should be avoided during all three Trimesters of your pregnancy. They are considered abortifacients. This means they have potential to stimulate abortion.

Angelica Root, Arnois, Basil, Bay Leaf, Birch, Bitter Almond, Calamus, Camphor, Carrot Seed, Caraway, Cedarwwod, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove Leaf, Hyssop, Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Oregano, Rose, Sage, Sweet Fennel, Tansy, White or Red Thyme, Wintergreen,`

Here are somethings you may want to try during your pregnancy with permission from your health care practitioner.

Support Against Swollen Ankles

Essential oils that stimulate lymphatic drainage are the most useful when trying to relieve fluid retention in the ankles. Use during the second and third trimesters only.

• Blend 3 drops each Geranium, Lemon, and Lavender in two gallons cool water. Soak feet for 15 minutes.

• Blend 3 drops Grapefruit, 2 drops Lemon, 1 drop Tangerine, and 1 drop Orange into 1 ounce Mixing Oil, or a pearl-sized drop of lotion. Rub into foot and ankle area.

Assistance Against Nausea and Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Diffuse drops of Grapefruit or Lavender in diffuser.

Also try a few drops of spearmint or peppermint in a facial steam or dropped on a tissue, placed in the pillowcase at night. You can also use a standard dilution of either oil to work a pressure point in the middle of the wrist, about an inch down. Work firmly and patiently; it often relieves nausea. (be caution especially during first trimester)

For vomiting, you may try blending 1 drop Orange or Tangerine with 3 drops Lemon to 1 ounce mixing oil or pearl-sized drop of lotion. Massage into abdomen. Promote Against Pregnancy Headache

Blend 3-4 drops of Grapefruit to one drop of lotion. Apply to hairline for headache relief. Reapply when needed.

Support Against Varicose Veins

Varicose veins result from the strain that pregnancy puts on the legs. These blends should be used after the first trimester.

• Mix 3 drops Cypress and 3 drops Lemon in two gallons warm water. Soak feet for 15 minutes.

• Elevate legs and alternate warm and cool compresses, using a combination of astringent essential oils such as Cypress, Geranium, Lemon, and Lavender.

• Blend 7 drops Cypress and 7 drops Lemon to 2 ounces mixing oil or lotion. Massage gently from the feet up the leg. Ensure that you do not apply strong pressure over any of the varicose veins. For Relaxing and Pain-relief

During pregnancy you sometimes get aches and pains, especially in the last trimester. A relaxing chamomile oil massage is wonderful especially on the lower back, abdomen, and on the muscles of the thighs where the weight of the baby pulls.

Preventing Stretch Marks

To help prevent stretch marks during your pregnancy, use a standard dilution of lavender and tangerine. Also make sure you get adequate essential fatty acids in your diet. You can also use evening primrose oil on your abdomen as well, or add it to your mixing oil and essential oils.

Reducing Stretch Marks

None of these treatments are a quick fix, but with patience, a good diet, drinking enough water and exercise they will improve and kept to a minimum over time.

The citrus oils, orange and tangerine, in a standard dilution can be massaged over the stretch marks (or scars). Helichrysum is also excellent,

At the end of your Pregnancy - During Labor

During labor you can assist the mother in remaining calm by diffusing the oils of Lavender, Grapefruit, and Orange. She will appreciate this when she is holding and cuddling the little one.

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