Safe Essential Oils For Pregnancy
Essential oils are highly concentrated substances extracted from plants. They are powerful, so it’s important to use them sparingly. Be sure to buy high-quality oil such as Young Living essential oils because they are cultivated to be as pure and potent as possible. Essential oil molecules are very small and there is a possibility that they may cross the placenta to reach your growing baby’s circulation. It is recommended that you limit the use of essential oils during pregnancy to only the ones known and proven to not affect your hormones and the baby’s development.
I’m not saying they should not be used during pregnancy, but that extreme care should be taken and research done first. I have used some with success and want to share my experience with you. I have 3 boys age 8, 6, and 1 year, unfortunately only knew about essential oils during the last term so I want to make sure you don’t miss out either. (Order high quality essential oils here)
Helpful Chart From The Young Living Team
Safe Essential Oils For Pregnancy
You want to dilute your essential oil to a 1% dilution rate or less when pregnant and breastfeeding. A gentle way to begin is to add 1 drop of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. See how that works for you. You can work up to 1 drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil if needed. For young children, you can do 1 drop of essential oil per 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoon of carrier oil.
Frankincense Essential oil: Frankincense is valued more than gold during ancient time. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Israelites and numerous other cultures used frankincense and myrrh as part of their religious ceremonies.
- I use frankincense topically everyday in my homemade lotion that I rub on my growing belly.
- I made a DIY face wash (make it here)
- I rub it on my feet before bedtime for some grounding and help with sleep.
Lavender: Young living lavender is one of the safest oils to use during pregnancy, nursing and the brand new baby. I used it a lot during my last pregnancy to help with many situations.
- Diffusing it helped with morning malaise and also helped me relax and fall fast asleep at night.
- I made a postpartum spray that I used after delivery. ( make it here )
- I sprayed my shoulders with some misty DIY lavender spray to help calm the baby.
- I made a baby massage oil and enjoyed some love touches with my baby.
Peace and Calming: Peace and Calming Essential Oil is a very soothing blend and smells absolutely yummy! This blend opens the heart and solar plexus chakras.
- I diffuse it in my bedroom to increase the good vibes.
- Put few drops on my wrists for calming.
- Put few drops on the back of my head for relaxation
Roman Chamomile: Thinking about a calming chamomile tea? Roman chamomile essential oil has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent that is relaxing and calming for both mind and body. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for restless children. Soothing to all types of skin, it is used extensively in Europe in skin preparations. Roman chamomile is also beneficial when added to massage oil for relief of muscle discomfort after exercise.
- I made a tired leg rub and ask my husband give me a leg massage.
- I put two drops on my chest and breath in whenever needed for some calming time.
- I mix it with lavender for baby massage oil and make a diaper rub.
Gentle Baby Blend: Gentle Baby essential oil is a blend specifically formulated for both pregnancy, birth and your new baby. With 10 soothing essential oils in the blend it helps reduce stretch marks while helping improve the elasticity of your skin. It also helps with postpartum down time. This blend is best diluted- I like 1 part coconut oil to 1 part EO.
- I love diffusing it
- I made a bed spray and sprayed my sheets every night. ( I co-sleep for the first four months )
- I mix it with epsom salt for a relaxing and peaceful bath.
Ylang Ylang: Ylang Ylang oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the tree. And means “flower of flower”. I love the smell of this oil. I used its lot during the last trimester. It helps those who are physically or spiritually drained. It brings the body, mind and spirit back into alignment.
- I use it for a romantic massage
- I diffuse and love inhaling it for mental clarity
- I wear it as a perfume
Fun fact: Did you know that the Indonesians cover the beds of newly married couples with Ylang Ylang flowers?
Citrus essential oils (Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange and Tangerine): I usually avoid ingesting oils during pregnancy, but one drop of one of these with my protein shake is an absolute necessity. Lemon and grapefruit oils support our liver and lymph systems.I do believe that they help me with nausea and the feeling of dizziness. I also noticed that they increase my appetite for healthy foods and decrease sugary cravings.
- I use them in my smoothie
- I love diffusing them in the morning for some clarity and focus
- I made a mouth wash with this combination
- I make gelatin gummy bears for a healthy treat when craving sweets
- I use lemon in my delivery room to avoid throwing up and it worked.
I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils. *These products are only available from Young Living Essential Oils. Please visit my store for more information.
Avoid the following essential oils when pregnant:
Blue Cypress, Carrot Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage*, Dill, Fennel*, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy, Jasmine*, Lemongrass*, Lemon Myrtle*, Marjoram*, Melissa, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Ravintsara, Rosemary, Sage, and Wintergreen
Oil Blends which contain above mentioned oils:
Thieves, EndoFlex, En-R-Gee, Di-Gize, Melrose, Panaway, Joy, Dragon Time, ImmunPower…
(Not an extensive list.)
*These oils can be used when breastfeeding.
Best wishes to you for a wonderful pregnancy and birth!
Gentle babies book by Debra Raybern ( get it here )
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