In the comments on my post, Homemade Organic Body Care: Safety Basics, one reader, Christine, asked:
“What are some of the essential oils that are known to be unsafe for pregnancy? I’m pregnant and have been using homemade body care products using tea tree and lavender…”
This is a great question. Are essential oils safe during pregnancy? In many cases yes. However, it can depend, and you don’t want to put your pregnancy at risk, so it’s wise to do a little research.
First, I suggest you read EXPERT ADVICE: Aromatherapy During Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum. This excellent read covers how to use aromatherapy during pregnancy, labor and postpartum, which essential oils work best during pregnancy, as well as which should be avoided.
Secondly, play it safe. If you’re not sure that a specific essential oil is safe during pregnancy, then avoid it while pregnant. I personally used lavender and peppermint essential oils during pregnancy because I’ve used them forever and my midwife gave me the go-ahead. I also used a few other safe essential oils that I found in the book The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment – I’ve read my copy to death and it’s an excellent guide covering essential oils for pregnancy, cleaning, kids and so much more.
Thirdly, I always talked to my midwife before I used an essential oil. You should always run pregnancy decisions by your midwife or doctor because your specific pregnancy situation is unique to your body, health and tolerance for essential oils.
Thanks to Christine for the excellent question!
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