When you think of essential oils, I bet the first thing that comes into your mind is aromatherapy. However, there is more to essential oils than just bringing pleasure to the nose as well as relieving stress. They have also been used to address certain health issues, hence can be quite beneficial for pregnant women, especially those who are experiencing several pregnancy-related symptoms but cannot use synthetic drugs to relieve themselves of their existing health conditions.
Do you experience constant backache? Feeling nauseated? Maybe you have swollen ankles? Essential oils can do more than just be an additive to your beauty treatments. They can also help alleviate these problems and more.
Pregnancy brings with it different sorts of health issues. The most visible signs are those that you can see on your face and other parts of your body– melasma (dark pigmentations), acne, pimples, rashes and other skin blemishes, varicose veins, swelling (due to water retention), linea nigra (as a result of the torn abdominal tissues underneath your skin), and more.
You also feel several pains as the body tries to accommodate the growing baby inside the uterus. The added weight changes your center of gravity making it difficult for you to walk properly. As the center of your gravity is changed, your lower body follows. These may change your posture, expand ligaments under your uterus, and cause the swelling on your feet (melanoma) and varicose veins on certain parts of your body. This can also cause you to feel tired most of the time.
Are Essential Oils Safe To Use During Pregnancy?
Pregnant women have different requirements when it comes to the products that come in contact with their skin, as well as those that they consume. Remember that anything that you take or touch your skin may be passed to the baby inside your uterus.
Because of these, it is best to always consult your doctor or primary care provider before trying anything new while you are pregnant. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should only be used if you are having a healthy pregnancy. Once your doctor gives you the go-ahead signal, which is normally after the first trimester, then you can use essential oils for the specific purpose they are intended for.
Note that using essential oils is not recommended if you have a history of miscarriage. It is also not a good thing to consider if you have had vaginal bleeding during your present pregnancy, or have other health problems such as epilepsy, diabetes, blood clotting, thyroid, liver, kidney and heart diseases.
Essential Oils That Are Safe To Use Even While You Are Pregnant
Here is a list of oils that are safe to use during pregnancy. However, if you do use any of these essential oils, you need to be certain that you will only be using high-quality essential oils or these that are pure and not synthetic oils, as the latter may contain harmful substances.
- Citrus oils such as tangerine, neroli, grapefruit, mandarin and sweet orange
- Common lavender
- Tea tree oil (this essential oil is NOT recommended to be used during labor or if you have a sensitive skin)
- Sweet marjoram
Essential Oils To Avoid During Pregnancy
There are also several essential oils that may have adverse effects on you and your baby’s health, hence should not be used while you are expecting. When used they and may react with pain-relieving drugs during labor. Others may increase blood pressure, cause contractions, or trigger allergic reactions.
Basil, for instance, can lead to an abnormal cell development. Jasmine and clary sage are said to trigger contractions, so you would only want to use essential oils form these plants if you are overdue and trying to induce. You should not try to do it yourself and use more than the recommended amount, however, as you may have contractions that could be too difficult to handle.
You should also avoid using sage and rose essential oils as they could cause bleeding in your uterus. Juniper berry essential oils, on the other hand, could affect your kidneys.
Here are other essential oils that you should also NOT use when you are pregnant: wormwood
rue, oak, moss, lavandula stoechas, camphor, parsley seed, hyssop, birch, mugwort, pennyroyal
tansy, tarragon, thuja, wintergreen, sassafras, cassia, mustard, elecampane, oregano, thyme, savory, clove, fennel, anise star, angelica, sweet birch, black pepper, peppermint, horseradish, lemon, lemongrass, mugwort, mustard, wormwood, wintergreen, and ginger.
How To Use Essential Oils Safely
Many have benefitted from using essential oils. You, too, can experience the powerful effect of these powerful little potions if you know how to use them properly. Note that you only need a few drops of any of these essential oils and that they are diluted or added to a carrier oil before you can add them or use for any specific purpose.
- As it is not clearly indicated how much, if any, of the essential oil that you will use can actually be passed to your baby through the placenta, it is best to be cautious at all times. It is not recommended to use essential oils more than a couple times a week and only for a limited time.
- Your primary health provider will also recommend that you can use any essential oils only after your first trimester. During this period, your baby’s complex body is still developing, so you don’t really want to do anything too drastic that may affect your body’s natural rhythms and flows.
- A weekly bath for 10-15 minutes with just four drops of your chosen essential oil will be enough. If you will use a diffuser, limit it for only once or twice a week. If you intend to use a vaporizer, limit your use to up to 10-15 minutes per hour. More than that could lead to nausea, headaches, vertigo, or lethargy.
- For a soothing massage, you can use 1% dilution. That means about 5 to 6 drops of oil for every ounce of carrier oil. If you have a sensitive skin, however, it is best to avoid a massage with essential oils.
There are many ways that the best essential oils can be used for pregnancy. It can relieve abdominal discomfort, hemorrhoids, morning sickness, frequent urination, stretch marks, aches and pains, varicose veins, indigestion, nausea, and so much more. Knowing the proper way of using these essential oils is the key to maximize their benefits.