Aromatherapy and Pregnancy

It should come as no surprise to anyone that aromatherapy can be an excellent way to manage some of the symptoms of pregnancy. I stress can be because as with all things during that sensitive time of a soon-to-be-mother, there are some precautions that should be taken and some risks to be evaluated. There are no scientific studies being conducted on the safety or efficacy of essential oils or aromatherapy during pregnancy. This can make a woman’s decision to use essential oils difficult and confusing. Quite a lot of the decision is left up to your own gut feeling and discretion.

The main concern about essential oil use during pregnancy is the possibility of essential oil constituents crossing the placental barrier to the fetus, resulting in toxicity. Fortunately, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists have produced information and guidelines to assist in making judicious choices when selecting essential oils and aromatic products.

Essential Oils to Soothe

The healing properties of essential oils can help soothe some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy.

Nausea

Morning sickness… the unfortunate symptom that plagues so many expectant moms. Luckily there are several different essential oils that can prove beneficial to relieve the feeling of nausea! Try blends or diffuse peppermint, spearmint, or ginger.

Stress & Tension

Being pregnant comes with a lot of pressure! You’re busy building a whole new life in your belly and trying to sort out what kind of carseat to buy and how to install it… it’s a wonder that anything gets done!! If you’re finding yourself stressed out try these essential oils to help calm and relax you: neroli, German and Roman chamomile, lavender, ylang-ylang, frankincense, cardamom, and geranium.

Insomnia

How many times have you heard how important your sleep is? Enough to drive you into restless nights? If you’re having trouble sleeping, try a few drops of these essential oils dissolved in distilled water for a little pillow spray: German chamomile, ylang-ylang, or lavender.

Fatigue

After all that talk of insomnia, perhaps you’re feeling a bit run down at the end of the day. If you’re not able to take that quick power nap you’ve been dreaming of, try a blend that contains tangerine.

What Essential Oils to Avoid

The following essential oils contain properties that can stimulate uterine contractions and therefore should be avoided:

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Jasmine
  • Clary sage
  • Juniper
  • Thyme
  • Pennyroyal
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Camphor

What does this mean for some of our aromatherapy products? Unfortunately, this means if you’re pregnant you should avoid our Signature Chez Dalinois fragrance line. These products do contain a variety of Thyme

Best Practices for Aromatherapy and Pregnancy

All of the Chez Dalinois Natural Products use essential oils in appropriate dilutions, so we believe that this helps to ensure safety for all types of people (adults, pregnant women, children, babies, and pets). We also use the highest quality essential oils and carrier oils, sourcing our EOs direct from small farmers when possible, and using organic essential oils whenever possible.

Many sites and resources recommend avoiding essential oil use during the first trimester. The concern is that this is the most delicate time for the developing fetus. Any issues that might be caused as a result of essential oil use is likely to be amplified during this time. The safety of essential oils greatly increases during the second and third trimesters, and the frequency of essential oils can be increased (still maintaining appropriate dilutions).

While we follow these practices in all of our blends, we are not physicians or licensed midwives. We always recommend that you speak to your health care professional before using any products during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Watch for some exciting new products designed especially for expectant mothers!!