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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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Explaining Essential Oils- Cedarwood

Explaining Essential Oils- Cedarwood

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Cedarwood Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica

What is it?

Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from cedar trees and is an earthy smelling oil similar to sandalwood.

How can I use it?

Anxiety Reducer.  Essential oil extracted from red cedarwood essential oil has been proven to be an effective alternative method to treat anxiety. Applying a safely diluted solution of this oil topically or diffusing it aromatically can help manage anxious feelings and help promote calmness.

Sleep Aid. Due to Cedarwood’s sedating effects, Studies have shown that the aromatic use of Cedarwood essential oil may be beneficial to those who struggle to fall asleep or suffer with insomnia.  

Skin Care. Because of its antimicrobial content, cedarwood essential oil is a great natural remedy for treating certain skin conditions. It has been shown to effectively treat acne breakouts and can also be used to reduce scar formation and treat eczema.  

Insect Repellent.  Cedarwood oil can be a great alternative to toxic bug repellents such as DEET and can be safely applied to skin when diluted with a carrier oil.

What are the benefits?

Cedarwood contains special healing ingredients called sesquiterpenes. These chemicals promote emotional balance, support the body’s immune system and can act as antioxidant agents. The specific sesquiterpenes found in cedarwood are cedrene and thujopsene which have been shown to help balance moods and promote emotional balance and well-being.

What are the risks? 

Cedarwood oil has been listed as a safe agent by the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency for aromatic or topical use. Never ingest any essential oil without first checking with your physician. Avoid getting this oil into eyes, mouth or open sores.  

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What you need to know about Essential Oil Diffusers

 What you need to know about Essential Oil Diffusers

Aromatherapy has many healing benefits, which is why essential oil diffusers have become staples in holistically minded households. These machines allow us to fill our homes, offices and even cars with the therapeutic effects of essential oils.

There are multiple types of diffusers:  Ultrasonic, nebulizing, heat and evaporative.

Ultrasonic diffusers work by emitting oil particles into the air when added to water. 

Nebulizing diffusers are waterless, yet they work by emitting particles of essential oils into the air.

Evaporative diffusers typically disperse the essential oils by using a fan mechanism.

Heat diffusers transfer essential oils into the air by using high temperatures.

Choosing the right diffuser for you is a personal choice depending on the types of oils you diffuse for what benefit and also the size of the environment you are diffusing in.

There are many different designs and forms of diffusers. You can also purchase multiple ones for different uses. For example, a small car diffuser can be great for traveling.

Diffusers are a great way to incorporate aromatherapy into every space in your life. But, if not cleaned properly, essential oil diffusers can actually become a health hazard.

Proper Diffuser Care

  • Once a week, remove the water from your diffuser and wipe the interior with a tiny amount (1tsp) of rubbing alcohol. Allow to completely dry before adding water again. This will dry any excess oils left behind so you can begin to diffuse fresh scents at the next use.
  • Use high quality, therapeutic grade oils. Discount and low-quality oils are typically filled with additives that can clog or harm your diffuser. Before you purchase any essential oils, be sure that it is a high-quality product that is pure.
  • Change the water between oils. It can be tempting to just keep adding drops to your diffuser but it will distort the scent and therapeutic effects. Certain essential oils do not blend well together (such as cinnamon and eucalyptus) So, it is imperative you start fresh when you are diffusing. To achieve the best aromatherapy possible, change the water between scents.
  • Be sure to keep your essential oil diffuser in a safe place away from children and pets. Certain essential oils are not safe for children and you should use caution when diffusing. Certain essential oils do not blend well together. Please research which oils are safe to mix before attempting to blend them.

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Amazing Natural Autumn Air Freshening Recipes You Need to try this Fall

Did you know you can make your own autumn inspired fragrances, room sprays and essential oil blends that can help you usher in the new season with the healing benefits of aromatherapy?

Below is a list of great recipes you can make to invigorate your home with fresh fall scents!  

Natural Fall Aroma Air Freshener

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour 3/4 cup water into spray bottle.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of witch hazel.
  3. Add 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil.
  4. Add 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil.
  5. Add 5 tsp of vanilla extract
  6. Shake well until ingredients are mixed.
  7. Label the bottle and store in a cool place away from kids and pets.
  8. To use: Spray as desired for a fresh, fall aroma!

Natural Pumpkin Patch Scented Air Freshener

Ingredients

  • 1 Empty Spray Bottle
  • ¼ Cup Witch Hazel
  • 5 Teaspoons Natural Vanilla Extract
  • 5 Drops Clove Essential Oil

Instructions

  1. Pour ¼ Cup Witch Hazel into empty spray bottle.
  2. Add 5 teaspoons natural vanilla extract. (Be sure to choose a natural brand without alcohol)
  3. Add 5 Drops Clove Essential Oil.
  4. Shake carefully to mix ingredients.
  5. To use: Spray as desired to evoke a pumpkin patch scent.
  6. Label and store in a safe place away from kids and pets.

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Autumn Aromatherapy

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add water to your diffuser.
  2. Add 4 Drops Orange Essential Oil.
  3. Add 3 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil.
  4. Diffuse to create autumn inspired aromatherapy!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Harvest Bliss Blend

Ingredients

Method

  1. Add water to your essential oil diffuser.
  2. Add 3 Drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil.
  3. Add 2 Drops of Vanilla Essential Oil.
  4. Diffuse 1-3 hours for an inviting Thanksgiving aroma!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Spooky Scent Diffuser Blend

Ingredients

Method

  1. Add water to your diffuser.
  2. Add 4 drops of cinnamon essential oil.
  3. Add 3 drops of clove essential oil.
  4. Add 2 drops of sweet orange essential oil.
  5. Add to your diffuser to enjoy a spooky Halloween scent.

Happy Harvest from Hope, Healing, Happy Co!

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Essential Oil blends Perfect for the Fall Season

Aromatherapy has been scientifically proven to trigger your olfactory senses, which improves circulation and can help you feel calmer and improve your general feeling of wellness. There are many blends used to treat physical, emotional and psychological ailments and promote general well-being.  The use of essential oils is widely practiced in holistic and alternative medicine.

There are hundreds of essential oil options, blends and remedies for just about every ailment. A holistic health practitioner or aromatherapist can help guide you to oils to improve your well-being. Essential oils can be applied in various different ways and some can even be taken internally for medicinal purposes. 

Below is a list of wonderful essential oil blends perfect for the fall season.  

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Thanksgiving Bliss Blend

3 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 Drops Vanilla Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser 1-3 hours for an inviting Thanksgiving aroma!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Autumn Aromatherapy

4 Drops Orange essential oil

3 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser create autumn inspired aromatherapy!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Spooky Scented Halloween Fragrance

4 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

3 Drops Clove Essential Oil

2 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser and enjoy a spooky Halloween scent!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Congestion Relief

4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser to naturally relieve sinus congestion!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Fresh Forest Scent

4 Drops Spearmint Essential Oil

3 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

2 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser to enjoy a fresh forest scent!

Do not ingest any essential oil without first checking with your physician, as some essential oils can interact with medications or certain conditions. Secondly, 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.