A lot of my friends are pregnant right now, and I have been getting a ton of questions about which essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy. I have been directing people to the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern, an excellent resource for pregnant women and moms of babies, toddlers and children. And I’ve been sharing samples of one of my favorite baby/kid oils, Young Living’s Gentle Baby blend. (You can read some of my thoughts on it on this blog entry here.)
Of course, using essential oils or not during pregnancy is a very personal choice, and there really is no definitive list of which ones should absolutely be avoided. As with anything during pregnancy, take caution, do your research, and if something goes against your gut instinct then just avoid it for now. 🙂 That said, here is a list of what many people, including aromatherapists, herbalists and physicians say should be avoided during pregnancy:
Basil, Birch, Calamus, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy,
Lavandin (a form of lavender, often sold in stores as lavender), Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Wintergreen should be avoided during pregnancy.
Additionally, peppermint should not be taken in the 3rd trimester as it may cause baby to flip!
Clary Sage has been known to cause contractions, so do not use that until you are in the early stages of labor and you are indeed full term and under a doula or doctor’s care. This is a favorite oil to gift to expecting mamas at 41 weeks and beyond.
Oils which many mamas choose to avoid using on babies are Eucalyptus, Basil, Juniper, Peppermint, Hyssop and Wintergreen.
Again, *you* are the mom or soon to be mommy, so it is ultimately your choice. Before you embark in your essential oils journey, you may even want to consult your healthcare provider. Another resource which is extremely helpful (for EVERYONE, not just pregnant mamas) is the Essential Oils Desk Reference by Life Science Publishing. It is my essential oil bible! I flip through it for everything! Feel free to ask questions of other “oily” moms! We are everywhere and growing in numbers! Do your research, read and if you’re so inclined pray for guidance.
Congratulations, mama! I hope you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. If you have any other questions, feel free to connect with any of The Joyful Oilers on Facebook or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If YOU are a Joyful Oiler, ask your questions in our secret Facebook group and someone will jump on and answer you. Thanks for stopping by! Bye for now!