It is difficult to comprise a list of essential oils that are to be avoided during pregnancy as there are several different opinions available. However, some general guidelines to follow are to never use an essential oil that has been adulterated. These recommendations apply to therapeutic-grade oils only. Oils that are diluted in a carrier oil or that are used externally and in moderation should not have an adverse effect. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist or other health specialist if you have any questions.
Avoid during the first 8 months of pregnancy: Aniseed, basil, cinnamon, clove, fennel, hyssop, myrrh, oregano, sage, savory, thyme
Some experts say that some of the oils listed to avoid during the first 8 months of pregnancy are safe to use after that period of time. Sage and Fennel are two excellent oils for strengthening the womb and for Braxton Hicks contractions.
Cypress to staunch blood flow; lavender to heal the wound.
Mastitis: Massage into breasts and under armpits three times daily
8 drops lavender 7 drops tea tree 5 drops Roman chamomile 7 drops thyme linalol 10 drops mandarin 2 ounces calendula oil OR apricot kernel oil
Sore nipples: Massage immediately into nipple after feeding – wash carefully directly before next feeding
1 drop lavender 5 ml calendula oil OR apricot kernel oil
Hemorrhoids: Apply to affected area
3 drops lavender 3 drops geranium 2 drops myrrh 2 drops Roman chamomile 10 ml calendula oil
ESSENTIAL OILS AND THEIR USES FOR PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH Use the following chart with the precautionary information above.
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