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Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Lactation

Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Lactation

When used properly, essential oils are safe for use during pregnancy and can help the expectant mother through nausea/vomiting, swelling of ankles, muscle spasms, insomnia, stress, and much more. In addition, essential oils used properly can be an excellent tool for accelerating milk production during breastfeeding.

Cautions: Always use oils that are for certain pure. Many company mislead buyers with false labeling. Using chemical laden fragrance oils that are disguised as essential oils is never a good idea, and are dangerous during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Use essential oils sparingly while pregnant, especially in the first trimester. Great for labor, but not in birthing pool. See: Labor Essential Oil

Essential Oils Safe Choices When Pregnant or Breastfeeding

This is not a complete list, as many essential oils really have never been clinically tested for use during pregnancy. Other essential oils not mentioned here may be OK for use if properly diluted.

• Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – Do not use topically before going out in the sun.

• Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

• Chamomile, German/Roman (Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria recutita)

• Copaiba (Copaifera langsdorfii, Copaifera officinalis)

• Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

• Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

• Fir Needle (Abies alba, Abies sachalinensis, Abies sibirica)

• Frankincense (Boswellia carteri, Boswellia frereana, Boswellia neglecta, Boswellia rivae, Boswellia sacra, Boswellia serrata)

• Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

• Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

• Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) – Do not use topically before going out in the sun.

• Juniper berry (Juniperus communis)

• Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

• Lemon (Citrus x limon) – Do not use topically before going out in the sun.

• Lime (Citrus x aurantifolia) – Do not use topically before going out in the sun,

• Marjoram, Sweet (Marjorana hortensis)

• Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

• Neroli (Citrus x aurantium)

• Orange, Sweet (Citrus sinensis)

• Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

• Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)

• Pine, Scots (Pinus sylvestris)

• Rose (Rosa x centifolia) – is safe for use during the third trimester

• Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)

• Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)

• Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

• Thyme ct linalool (Thymus vulgaris)

• Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) – Extremely pungent, so use sparingly

Remember, we are here to help. If you have questions, please ask your certified aromatherapist, or contact us.

19th Jan 2018 THT Steph

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