Essential oils for pregnancy are concentrates of plants. Made from the distillation of various aromatic plants, essential oils are a cocktail of active molecules. Some have an action on breathing, others on digestion or blood circulation. They all have a more or less developed anti-infectious action. Essential oils heal deeply. They are made of plants and, therefore often contain incredible curative properties.
Essential oils have the advantage of being probiotics. That is, they promote the development of bacteria that are useful to the body while suppressing those that are harmful. Moreover, unlike antibiotics which consist of a single molecule, essential oils have many molecules which prevent bacteria from becoming resistant. Useful to relieve nausea, fight against insomnia, prevent baby blues and even facilitate delivery, they will be of great help, especially as most pharmaceutical drugs are prohibited to expectant mothers.
- Essential oils for pregnancy – the few tips to follow
- How to use essential oils during pregnancy?
- What to do in case of an overdose?
- The skin – A Priority Vector used by Essential Oils
- To obtain essential oils with therapeutic qualities the essential oil must be
- Is Use of Essential Oils for Pregnancy Dangerous?
Essential oils for pregnancy – the few tips to follow
Before seeing which oils are usable, here are some critical tips to follow to get the most out of them.
- Before use, ask a doctor or pharmacist and also a specialist of essential oils.
- Never use synthetic oils, which are available in the market, souvenir shops, and some cosmetic stores. They have no therapeutic action and may even be dangerous. Only use
100% natural essential oils, available in pharmacies and drugstores.
- Strictly read about the method of use and the recommended dosage. If the essential oil in question should be placed under the tongue, do not apply it on the skin. On the other hand, a drop is a drop and not two, and three times a day is not five times. You will not heal faster. On the contrary – you will put your health and that of your child at risk.
- Do not play at the being the witch apprentice by creating your own mixes. The consequences can be dire.
- Use essential oils only for a short time, either punctually if it is one dose or for a maximum of 5 to 10 days.
- Never apply essential oils to pregnancy belly bands.
By following these tips and checking in the lists below that the oils you use are well authorized during pregnancy, you should be able to relieve small ailments before the arrival of the baby.
How to use essential oils during pregnancy?
As with any active product, there are indications, contraindications and they have to be used carefully. If you do not respect these uses correctly then, yes you are taking risks.
But if you respect them, some advantages allow you to take care of yourself naturally, while enjoying a sweet fragrance. So yes, essential oils are particularly powerful, and some are even considered abortive or neurotoxic – they could cause neurological damage in the fetus.
The ones that we propose to you are all indicated for use by a pregnant woman, from the beginning to the end of the pregnancy. However, it is essential to respect the dosages.
What to do in case of an overdose?
In case of overdose, it is important to dilute the essential oil. Indeed, the essential oil is not oily as the name suggests but is insoluble in water (which has given its name), so use vegetable oil to dilute.
If you have ingested an essential oil by mistake, the best thing to do is to drink a glass of vegetable oil. Either it causes vomiting which brings out the essential oil, or it will dilute the essential oil in your stomach.
The skin – A Priority Vector used by Essential Oils
Our skin, contrary to what the different brands of cosmetics convey, is fat by nature. The essential oils, therefore, diffuses very well through the skin. The skin surface is the best vector for using essential oils. Applying to the concerned region is usually enough – for example between the navel and the pubis for gynecological disorders, or under the solar plexus (a little on the left) for stomach problems. If we want the essential oil to spread throughout the body, it will usually be applied to the forearms.
Essential oils are also known for their fragrance. It may not always be pleasant, but it seldom leaves one indifferent. Our olfactory sense has the particularity of being directly related to the emotional areas of our brain. This is how an odor makes us travel back in time to old memories or on the other side of the world, without us having time to realize it. The information is direct, without an intermediary. Essential oils have this ability to stimulate the olfactory (and therefore, emotional) areas of the brain and to act on our states of being.
You have probably already noticed that your senses have changed since the beginning of your pregnancy. And that will continue through all the months. A smell that suited you yesterday may seem unbearable to you today, and tomorrow you will move heaven and earth to smell it again. Before using essential oil for pregnancy, take the time to breathe it, to make sure it’s right for you. If this is not the case, then it will be necessary, at least for today and you have to choose another one or another way to relieve you.
Which Essential Oils to use during Pregnancy?
There are more than 6,000 aromatic plants that can produce essential oil. Of these, about 150 are actually distilled for their interests, and about sixty are commonly used.
We share a selection of 4 essential oils that cover the most common issues of pregnancy.
Cinnamosma Fragrans or Saro oil
- Viral and bacterial infections of the respiratory tract
- Cystitis, salpingitis
- Canker sores, dental abscesses
- Deep asthenia, weakened the immune system
- Bronchitis, nasopharyngitis
- Parasitosis, fungal infections
None known at physiological doses.
Caution in people with asthma and in people with epilepsy.
It is the essential oil par excellence of the immune system. By depositing 2 drops on the forearms two times a day for one week, you receive relief from the common infections of the winter while recovering your vitality.
Elettaria Cardamomum or Green Cardamom oil
- Muscle cramps
- Digestive cramps
- Aerophagia and flatulence
- Gastric reflux and acidity of the stomach
None known at physiological doses
Known for centuries, in Indian medicine (Ayurveda) for its digestive properties, this essential oil is incredibly useful in relieving gastrointestinal disorders (spasms, or slow digestion). 2 drops applied next to the stomach will be enough to calm the feeling of pain and discomfort quickly.
Lavandula Angustifolia or English Lavender oil
- Stress, anxiety, agitation
- Cramps and contractions
- Scars, burn, acne, ulcers
None known at physiological doses
Queen of essential oils, the oil of lavender is a significant anti-stress treatment and first-rate at healing. One drop on a wound four to six times a day will promote healing while sanitizing the wound.
Mentha Arvensis or Field Mint oil
- Nausea, vomiting
- Localized pain such as a headache and mild neuralgia (this essential oil should not be applied to the stomach or lower back.)
None known at physiological doses
Although recommended for the relief of nausea, Peppermint essential oil (Mentha Piperita) is formally contraindicated in pregnant women. That’s why we propose you use a related plant oil, the Field Mint (Mentha Arvensis) which has nothing to worry about. With a more delicate perfume, it can help you reduce nausea and even give you pep to raise your low blood pressure.
It is also beneficial to relieve local pain – one to three drops depending on the extent and the pain will pass thanks to its cooling effect quickly.
To obtain essential oils with therapeutic qualities the essential oil must be
- 100% pure that is to say, it has not denatured by removing a parent compound.
- 100% natural, no synthetic molecule has been added (unfortunately common practice to reduce costs)
- Chemotyped, that is to say, it has undergone chemical analyses that guarantee its composition
The biological origin or not of the essential oil does not guarantee at all that the essential oil can be used for therapeutic purposes.
Is Use of Essential Oils for Pregnancy Dangerous?
There is not a day that we do not read on the internet or on a blog, that essential oils are dangerous during pregnancy and that you should never use them when you are pregnant.
Although it is natural and extremely effective against some inconveniences of pregnancy, therapy with essential oils can be dangerous during the first three months of pregnancy. Our advice to you is to use these natural essences wisely and say no to essential oils for the first three months.
Even if the risk is purely theoretical and that is an excess of precaution, the majority of essential oils are strictly prohibited during the first three months of pregnancy. The reason is simple – they may pass through the placenta, they represent a danger to the developing fetus and may even cause spontaneous abortions.
Even exercise caution if you have decided to breastfeed because essential oils pass into breast milk. Nevertheless, some are allowed from the fourth month and throughout pregnancy. These are essential oils that do not close any toxic molecules that may cause the slightest harm to the mother as to the child. Do not hesitate to take consent of your doctor before using essential oils.
For pregnancy and afterward, essential oils are wonderful products that bring many benefits to expectant and new mothers. There are other essential oils that are likely to be used during pregnancy. However, with our quartet of essential oils, you will cover a broad spectrum of common disorders.