Saturday, March 27, 2010

Essential Oils for Pregnancy

I stumbled upon a fantastic article while I was surfing some information about essential oils. I won a $50 gift certificate to Well.ca from Mom Central and Majesta and I was planning on using it to expand my essential oil collection. I tend to do additional research about the oil before I make any decisions about which oil I will purchase and while in this process I stumbled across a fantastic article about which oils are considered okay for pregnancy used in the form of prenatal massage and are also safe to use on the newborn. Also it has a list of which oils to steer clear of during pregnancy. I thought some of my expecting mom readers might find this information beneficial to them.

Oils that should be avoided during pregnancy:

  • Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
  • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • Nutmeg (Myristica fragans)
  • Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Thyme Red (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
  • Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Penny Royal (Mentha pulegium).

  • It may seem funny that things like clove, nutmeg and cinnamon are on this list, but in actuality nutmeg is very potent and when large amounts are ingested can cause nausea. Oils are very concentrated. In fact, cinnamon oil is so potent that many people opt to use a cinnamon stick instead of the oil.

    Oils that are safe for use in pregnancy:

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus smithii, Eucalyptus staigeriana)
  • Frankincense (Boswelli carteri)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
  • Rose Otto (Rosa damascena/centifolia)
  • Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • Sweet Orange (Citrus aurantium sinensis)
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata).

  • Like everything though, use in moderation. Remember, each individual can react differently to each oil depending on any existing medical conditions so seeking a physicians advise is recommended! I also recommend reading the original article for its additional precautions.

    The original article can be found on Suite101

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