Early Signs of Pregnancy: Aromatherapy & Pregnancy
09/02/2009 | 12:00 AM
There is a great deal of debate about the suitability of essential oils for pregnant and nursing women. Some aromatherapy experts recommend complete avoidance of all essential oils during pregnancy. Others consider some oils “safe” (see below).
These guidelines are for informational purposes only. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please consult with a physician anda qualified aromatherapist before using any of the oils listed below, including the ones that are on the “safe “ list.
- Tea tree
- Clary sage
(Again, consult your physician before applying any of these methods)
Whether working with one essential oil or a blend, you have several methods of administration to choose from. Would you prefer to massage the oils into your skin, diffuse them throughout the room, or keep them on hand so that you can choose when to inhale them? Pick an approach that works for you.
- Add a few drops of the oil/s to a bath and soak for about 15 minutes.
- Gently massage a few drops of the diluted oil/s over your lower abdomen and pelvic area.
- Add a few drops of the diluted oil/s to a compress. Apply the compress to your lower abdomen, back and pelvic region.
- Add a few drops of the oil/s to an aromatherapy diffuser or oil burner (DIY version: A few drops in a bowl of very hot water).
One Step Further
Proceed with extreme caution with essential oils during pregnancy. But do consider other holistic approaches like eating well, meditating, and practicing prenatal yoga. For more information, see Related Tips & How-Tos.