Essential oils during pregnancy

There are many misconceptions about essential oils, especially during pregnancy. Aromatherapy is not forbidden when you are expecting a baby. But we must take precautions. Explanations.

What is an essential oil?

Essential oil is the aromatic liquid extracted by distillation from the fragrant part of a plant. It can originate from flowers, leaves, fruits, bark, seeds and roots. Very powerful, it contains up to 200 different chemical molecules which will act like a medicine. But it also has an impact on the energy and information level. In other words, it acts on the brain and improves its functioning.
In general, the therapeutic properties of essential oils are very varied: antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, calming, toning … They can be used by the skin (in the form of massage), by the olfactory route (by breathing them) and excluding internal pregnancy.

Essential oils prohibited during pregnancy

Essential oils enter the blood in different ways and work throughout the body. They therefore reach the baby. All essential oils that contain ketones are prohibited for pregnant women. And for good reason, these substances are potentially neurotoxic and can cause an abortion. Example: officinal sage, peppermint, dill, rosemary verbenone …

In addition, essential oils which have an action on the hormonal system (called hormon-like) are also to be avoided.

For more precaution, it is advisable not to use essential oils orally throughout the duration of pregnancy, or in the stomach (especially in the first trimester, unless expressly recommended by a professional).

Essential oils authorized during pregnancy

About thirty essential oils are authorized for mothers-to-be, quite simply because they do not seal off sensitive molecules in high-risk quantities. So why deprive yourself of it, when you know how difficult it is to treat yourself when you are expecting a baby. For example, lemon oil is very effective in fighting first trimester nausea. To relax, lavender and chamomile are recommended. Against constipation, very common during pregnancy, ginger is beneficial. Laurel, on the other hand, is very useful in relieving back pain.

The rules for using essential oils correctly

Favor the cutaneous route and the olfactory route, and ban all essential oils as a precaution in the first trimester
Regarding the method of use: dilute 3 – 4 drops of essential oil in vegetable oil (ratio 1 to 10 at least) then massage the affected area. And diffuse your essential oils in the atmosphere thanks to an electric diffuser.
With some exceptions, do not apply essential oils to the abdominal area and chest during the nine months of your pregnancy.
Aromatherapy treatments, which are so essential orally, are generally short: between 1 and 5 days.

Essential oils work quickly.

Always seek advice from a pharmacist or a specialist doctor before using any essential oil. No self-medication, especially in the first trimester!
Buy essential oils in specialty stores or organic stores, never in the markets.
Use good quality (100% pure and natural) and reputable brand essential oils. Always check the composition, the name of the most represented molecules, the name of the laboratory, the organ of the plant that has been distilled.

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