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Are Essential Oils Safe During Pregnancy?

Are Essential Oils Safe During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy can be an amazing yet difficult time in a woman’s life. Many women turn to holistic remedies to find relief and comfort.  Essential oils can be a great natural remedy but are all essential oils safe for use during pregnancy? This article will discuss the pregnancy safe and unsafe essential oils!

As stated by Dr. Jill Edwards when interviewed by The Parents Network, essential oils are not recommended for use during the first trimester.  Potentially, essential oils can cause uterine contractions or adversely affect a baby in early developmental stages. Essential oil use can resume in the second and third trimester. Some essential oils, however, are not safe in any stage of pregnancy.

Unsafe Essential Oils during Pregnancy

  • Basil
  • Camphor
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary sage
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Tansy
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen

Recommended Essential Oils during Pregnancy:

  • Bergamot 
  • Roman chamomile 
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Geranium 
  • Ginger 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Lavender 
  • Lemon 
  • Lime 
  • Rose  
  • Sandalwood 
  • Sweet orange 
  • Ylang ylang

Be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.  Do not start any essential oils or holistic remedies without first consulting your healthcare provider.

This article is not intended to give or replace medical care or advice.

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