Which Essential Oils To Use and Avoid During Pregnancy

January 02, 2019

essential oils to avoid during pregnancy

A very Happy New Year to all our Nathalie Bond friends, customers and family! We are looking forward to a wonderful 2019 with many exciting new ventures, challenges and opportunities to come.

Following our previous blog at the end of 2018 about using Nathalie Bond products in pregnancy and post birth, we would now like to discuss which essential oils to use and avoid during pregnancy.

Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

Since it would be highly unethical to test on pregnant women, the list of essential oils to avoid during pregnancy is based on knowledge of the general properties of each essential oil. For obvious reasons, during pregnancy it is recommended to avoid essential oils which are known to thin the blood or cause cramping or contractions. Used under proper dilution, most of these oils should not cause any problems during a healthy pregnancy, but it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Use of essential oils should be restricted or avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy, but they have many wonderful uses in the last two trimesters and especially during labour.

Please see the following list which contains oils that should be avoided during pregnancy:

Clary sage (OK during labour)
Cypress (OK after 5 months)
Jasmine (OK during labour)
Sweet marjoram

Essential Oils That are Safe During Pregnancy

As a general rule, during pregnancy, the dilution rate of essential oil to carriers is much lower. You should use a 1-2% dilution rate for undiluted essential oils i.e. 1 drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Most diffusers carry about 100ml of water so we would recommend no more than 2-3 drops of essential oil to be added to a diffuser.

As always, use caution if you have allergies or a family history of allergies. If you think you may be allergic to an oil, do a patch test first. Below is a guide only and is not an exhaustive list. It is the responsibility of the user to seek the professional medical advice from a doctor or midwife when considering which oils are suitable for their particular circumstance.

Bergamot - Analgesic, antiseptic, antidepressant, uplifting, and refreshing. Helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.
Chamomile - Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Soothes pain from muscular aches, headaches, toothaches and indigestion.
Cypress (OK after 5 months) - Antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and diuretic. Helpful for varicose veins, hemorrhoids and swollen ankles.
Eucalyptus - Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral. Helpful with respiratory congestion.
Frankincense - Antiseptic, astringent, sedative, warming.
Geranium (OK after 3 months) - Antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, refreshing, uplifting. Eases aching legs and is good for poor circulation.
Grapefruit - Astringent, digestive aid, lymphatic stimulant. Helps with water retention.
Lavender - Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, antidepressant, healing, relaxing. Helps soothe aches and pains of pregnancy, encourages cell renewal and helps with fluid retention.
Lemon - Antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, stimulant, tonic. Useful as an inhalant for morning sickness and in massage for varicose veins.
Mandarin - Antiseptic, refreshing, tonic, mild relaxant. Can ease fluid retention in leg and ankle massages.
Neroli - Antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, relaxing. Useful in pregnancy to promote healthy skin cell regeneration and for easing nervous tension.
Palmarosa - Helps with fluid retention and hydration of skin, antiseptic, antiviral.
Patchouli - Antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, nerve sedative. Eases confusion, indecision and apathy.
Peppermint - Reduces Nausea, helps relieve seasonal allergies, antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant.
Petitgrain - Antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative, refreshing, tonic. Helpful in dealing with pre or postpartum depression.
Rosewood - Antiseptic, sedative.
Sandalwood - Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, sedative. Helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.
Tangerine - Antispasmodic, lymphatic stimulant, calming, sedative. Helps to prevent stretch marks.
Tea Tree - Antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, disinfectant. Can be used to treat thrush during pregnancy.
Ylang Ylang - Antiseptic, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, sedative, lowers blood pressure. Restorative when overworked or tense.

Ranges within the Nathalie Bond range which are safe for use in different stages of Pregnancy

First Trimester: Gentle
Second Trimester: Gentle, Bloom, Revive, Unwind
Third Trimester: Gentle, Bloom, Revive, Unwind


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