I just posted Homemade Organic Body Care: Safety Basics and on that post I got a good reader question.
Christine asks, “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…”
First of all this is super timely. At another blog I write for, Inhabitots, we just today posted the following very useful post – EXPERT ADVICE: Aromatherapy During Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum which is all about how to use aromatherapy during pregnancy, labor and postpartum, and which essential oils work best during pregnancy, as well as which should be avoided.
Secondly, as noted in the first post, it’s smart to play it safe. If you’re not sure, don’t use an essential oil while pregger. I personally used lavender and peppermint essential oils during pregnancy but I also used a few others 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 oil. You should too.
Lastly, I’ll be posting a longer guide about how to use and buy essential oils soon, but for now that Inhabitots post above should have you covered.
Thanks to Christine for the excellent question!