Aromatherapy & Pregnancy

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Can I use Essential Oils During Pregnancy?

Inhalation and topical  use of many essential oils is generally safe during pregnancy. In fact, aromatherapy has many benefits for expecting mums, thanks to the powerful abilities of essential oils to promote relaxation, aid in restful sleep, assist in minimising stretch marks and  in alleviating the discomforts of nausea and headaches.  

Fear of use of  essential oils during pregnancy is unfounded, as research has shown many essential oils to have no harmful effects on pregnancy and the unborn baby. 

Safe to use

The following essential oils are generally safe to use during pregnancy and nursing:

Refreshing citrusy floral scent that uplifts the mood. Astringent properties on the skin. During pregnancy, when skin is more sensitive, it is best to use those labelled "Bergapten-free", as bergapten is a chemical that causes sun-sensitivity.  This is not really a problem when diluted in skin cream to 0.4% or less.

Common Lavender (augustifolia type)

Known for its relaxing and sedative properties when inhaled, lavender is also ideal for topical application to assist with stretch marks, inflammatory and/or fungal skin conditions and anti-aging. Research has shown common lavender essential oil to be completely safe for use during pregnancy in the ordinary course of aromatherapy.

Chamomile (Roman or German)
Best known for its sedative properties that calm the mind and alleviate stress. Excellent for calming hyperactive children (perfect!).

Citrus Essential Oils

Citrus essential oils, such as orange, lime, mandarin, lemon etc.  are known for their fresh fragrances.  When used in skincare, citrus essential oils have astringent properties that help to tighten pores and brighten the complexion. Please note essential oils just as lemongrass and lemon verbena should be used with caution.

Refreshing and minty, aids in easing the discomforts of nausea. Has a subtle cooling effect when applied to skin and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Tea tree & Eucalyptus
Soothing, astringent, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.

Beautiful earthy scent. Frequently blended with lavender, frankincense aids in relaxation and has gentle anti-aging benefits ideal for dryer skin.

Ylang Ylang
With an irresistibly sweet floral fragrance, Ylang Ylang is known to alleviate stress, relieve tension and relax the mind.  Also known as an aphrodisiac.

This list of safe essential oils is by no means exhaustive.

Please note that applying essential oils to your skin "neat" (undiluted) is not recommended. Generally speaking, a safe dilution for use during pregnancy is up to 1% essential oil in carrier oil or skin cream. 

Also, you should not ingest essential oils during pregnancy, diluted or otherwise, unless under the supervision of a licensed aromatherapist or health care practitioner.

To Avoid

There are a number of essential oils that should not be used during pregnancy and nursing. These include:
- Anise, Carrot seed, Cassia, Cinnamon, Fennel, Myrhh,  Oregano, Parsley leaf, Sage. Wintergreen, Wormwood, Pennyroyal.

For a full list of contraindicated essential oils and their properties, consult Tisserand & Young's Essential Oil Safety.

Butter Babies & Essential Oils

We have carefully selected our essential oils to be safe for use during pregnancy and, following safe dilution guidelines, have created therapeutic blends that are particularly beneficial for expecting mums, 

Nonetheless it is always best to first check with your healthcare practitioner before commencing any aromatherapy routine.

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