There are many essential oils that are listed as dangerous to use during pregnancy. However, essential oils that do not have any known safety concerns can be used at a 1% dilution rate during pregnancy. For the first trimester, is the most crucial to only use at a bare minimum rate of dilution. For the third trimester, try avoiding essential oils that will induce early labor. Pregnancy is a very delicate time for both mother and child, so we believe that essential oils should be used cautiously during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Below is a guide on what you can use to treat various symptoms that come with pregnancy.
Morning sickness – Ginger, Peppermint, Spearmint
Refreshing – Geranium, Lemon Myrtle, all Citrus, Peppermint, Spearmint
Sleep – Lavender, Chamomile, Cedarwood
Stretch marks – Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Rosehip, Argan, Almond Sweet, Apricot Kernel, Safflower, Jojoba
Vaginal stretch – Argan, Almond Sweet, Apricot Kernel, Safflower, Jojoba
Labour – Clary sage, Lavender, Ylang Ylang
Breasfeeding – Clary sage, Fennel, Geranium (avoid peppermint)
Cracked nipple – Argan, Almond Sweet, Apricot Kernel, Safflower, Jojoba
Mastitis – Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense, Rosalina, Tea Tree
Post-natal depression – Geranium, Lemon Myrtle, all Citrus, Chamomile
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Note: Carrier oil is safe to use at any stage which helps in retaining moisture, reduce the chances of stretch marks developing and lessen the visibility of stretch marks.