Pregnancy and Essential Oils: Dos and Don'ts

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils, as the name suggests, are essences of plants extracted from various parts of aromatic plants whether it is flowers, seeds, roots, leaves, woods, resin, and steam distilled to capture the aroma in a liquid form.  Essential oils are often synonymous with aromatherapy, which aims to use the aromas of different essential oils to improve physical and emotional well-being. As the executive director and founder of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy in New York City Amy Galper put it, “Aromatherapy understands that our sense of smell is deeply connected to the overall health and wellness of our entire being.” It seems like essential oils and aromatherapy would be the perfect natural remedy to combat pregnancy fatigue and even morning sickness. However, it is always important to consult with a doctor as there have been limited studies on the effects of each of the numerous essential oils out there, not to mention the varying qualities. Oil Divine recommends consulting with your doctor before incorporating any essential oils into your life before, during, and after your pregnancy. 

Many non-toxic essential oils are generally approved to be safe for expecting mothers and work to combat the sometimes unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy when used in moderation. And bump-safe essential oils mixed with carrier oils used topically for the body and face are a great alternative to toxin-filled mass-market beauty products.  

Here is a list of bump-safe essential oils and how they can combat the not-too-pleasant pregnancy symptoms:

While there are essential oils that are generally bump-friendly, there are ones associated with negative side effects such as contractions.

Oil Divine recommends avoiding: 

  • Aniseed
  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Camphor
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium 
  • German / Roman Chamomile 
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Mugwort
  • Oak Moss
  • Parsley Seed or Leaf
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sage
  • Tansy
  • Tarragon
  • Thuja
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood

The last important thing to note, it is never recommended for anyone to ingest or topically apply undiluted essential oils. For aromatherapy, inhaling essential oils through a diffuser, and for topical treatments, ensure that the essential oils of choice are diluted with a carrier oil and always do a patch test. If you are an expecting mother and want to opt for an all-natural, simplified yet effective and customized skincare routine - try our Personal AM & PM Face Oils or email us and let us find the perfect non-toxic beauty routine for you. 

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