Precautions and Suggested Guidelines
Opinions regarding the use of Essential Oils during pregnancy and childbirth differ, from a suggestion that oils not be used at all, to using the oils right from conception to birth. However, Aromatherapy has been proven to ease the physical discomforts that pregnancy can bring, such as nausea, backache, swollen legs and ankles, as well as help balance the emotional roller coaster that results from all the hormonal changes.
Pregnancy is a special time in which the expectant mother needs to take extra care of herself and her growing baby. Even the medical profession advises pregnant women not to take any type of chemicals or drugs during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
If you plan to use Aromatherapy during your pregnancy, please ensure that you follow these safety guidelines and always ensure that your medical doctor is aware you are using Essential Oils.
Important Safety Guidelines
- Use 1% – 1 ½ % dilution of Essential Oils to carrier oils during pregnancy
- Dilute Saje pre-blended massage & body oils by HALF
- Avoid ALL Essential Oils during the first trimester if miscarriage is a concern, or has been a concern in past pregnancies
Beneficial Oils During Pregnancy
The following Essential Oils can be of great use during your pregnancy. Please ensure that you are only using Essential Oils that are safe for pregnancy during your trimester.
- Bergamot – Balances emotions, good for post-partum depression.
- Chamomile – Reduces inner tension, calming. Use only after 6 months
- Ginger – Energizing, eases nausea and varicose veins.
- Grapefruit – Refreshing and energizing, helpful for headaches and water retention.
- Lavender – Balancing and calming. Use after 12 weeks in 1% dilution
- Lemon – Mental energizer, boosts the immune system, helpful for water retention.
- Mandarin – Subtle and grounding.
- Orange – Uplifting and calming.
- Neroli – Soothing, relieves stress, anxiety and depression. Good for stretch marks, cramping in stomach and bowels.
- Rose – Balances the reproductive system. Use only after six months
- Rosewood – Helpful for headaches, nausea and stretch marks. Boosts the immune system.
Oils to Avoid During the First Trimester
The following oils are emmenagogues, meaning that they encourage menstrual flow and should not be used during the first trimester.
- Chamomile, Use only after 6 months
- Juniper Berry
- Lavender, Use only after 6 months
- Peppermint, Use only after 5 months
- Rose, Use only after 6 months
- Rosemary, Avoid during entire pregnancy if you have high blood pressure
Oils to Avoid During Entire Pregnancy
The following oils are considered to be abortifacients, meaning they have the potential to cause abortions, or are considered toxic during pregnancy. Saje Natural Wellness does not carry all of these Essential Oils.
- A – Angelica Root, Ajowan, Aniseed, Arnica, Arnois
- B – Basil, Bay Leaf, Birch, Bitter Almond, Boldo Leaf, Buchu
- C – Calamus, Camphor, Carraway, Carrot Seed, Cassia, Champa, Cinnamon, Clove Leaf, Cornmint, Cotton
- E – Elecampane Root
- F – Fennel
- H – Horseradish, Hyssop
- J – Jaborandi
- M – Marjoram, Mugwort, Mustard, Myrrh
- N – Nutmeg
- O – Origanum
- P – Parsley Seed, Pennyroyal, Pimenta racemosa, Plecanthrus
- R – Rue
- S – Sage, Santolina, Sassafras, Savin, Savory, Southerwood, Star Anise, Sweet Birch
- T – Tansy, Tarragon, Thuja, Tonka Bean
- W – White or Red Thyme, Wintergreen, Wormseed