Essential Oils Use During Pregnancy

Do you know which essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy and which ones are not so safe?

Essential oils are plant extract that are extremely powerful. They are so powerful that it's important to use them sparingly. Essential oils use in aromatherapy provides many health and well being benefits. During pregnancy, it is best to avoid using these in high levels over large areas of the body. Because essential oil molecules are very small, there is a possibility that they may cross the placenta and reach your growing baby's circulation.

It is considered safe to apply low concentration (below 0.3%) of essential oils in skin care products on the face only or in rinse-off products such as shampoos, conditioners, body wash and cleansers. Avoid applying them over large areas (over 10% of body surface) during pregnancy. Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly on your skin.

Here is a list of safe essential oils in low concentrations over small areas:
- Cypress

- Eucalyptus

- Geranium

- Lavender

- Manuka

- Neroli

- Orange

- Patchouli

- Peppermint

- Rose

- Rose geranium

- Sandalwood

- Tea tree oil

- Ylang ylang

Here is a list of essential oils best to avoid during pregnancy:
- Almond-bitter

- Aniseed

- Angelica

- Basil

- Black pepper

- Camphor

- Cedarwood

- Cinnamon

- Clove

- Fennel

- Horseradish

- Hyssop

- Jasmine

- Juniper

- Lemon

- Marjoram

- Melissa

- Mugwort

- Myrrh

- Nutmeg

- Oregano

- Pennyroyal

- Pine

- Rosemary

- Sage

- Stinging nettle

- Tansy

- Thyme

- Wintergreen

- Wormwood

Simply keep the above list in mind when you are choosing or using your skin care products during pregnancy. Also check the ingredients to be on the safe side. After all, it's better to be cautious during pregnancy to ensure both you and your baby are both healthy.

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