If used correctly Aromatherapy during pregnancy can be incredibly beneficial, however, while essential oils may be natural, they are also potent and must be used carefully to ensure they are safe. Here is a little run down of the do’s and don’ts for aromatherapy in during pregnancy…
- Indulge in aromatherapy baths. A wonderful way to relax and ease aches and pains. The essential oils in the bath will also vaporise, giving you a dreamy smell of calm and relaxation.
- Get your partner to use aromatherapy oils to rub your feet. Not only does this stimulate your circulation and help to reduce swelling, you will also benefit from the properties of the oils used.
- Vaporise essential oils in your home and also during labour. This is a gentle and incredibly safe way to use aromatherapy. Inhale all those gorgeous smells, knowing that they are also doing wonders for your body and wellbeing.
- Choose your essential oils wisely, pick oils that are safe to use and try to alternate different oils.
- Visit a professional, a qualified aromatherapist can give you advice specific to you and aromatherapy massage can really boost your physical and mental wellbeing.
- Apply neat essential oils on the skin, instead use a preblended massage or bath oil that is suitable for use during pregnancy.
- Use aromatherapy during the first trimester, apart from potentially making you feel a bit queasy, it is safest to avoid using essential oils during this time.
- Eat or drink essential oils, this applies for everyone, whether they are pregnant or not!
There is much debate over the specific oils that are safe during pregnancy, as there is just not enough research, hence why you may find varying lists online. Here are the most commonly found essential oils that you should AVOID during pregnancy – Basil, Camphor, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Fennel, Juniper berry, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Parsley, Pine & Rosemary.
It is worth noting that once you pass your due date, many midwives will recommend the use of Clary Sage to help to induce uterine contractions and help to naturally bring on labour.
There are many oils that are safe to use during your second and third trimester, Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang to name but a few. Here are our recommended blends for pregnancy…
Uplift - Lemongrass, Grapefruit & Lavender essential oils. Helps to reduce stress, anxiety, headaches, boosts energy levels & work together as a mood enhancer.
Serene - Geranium Rose, Ylang Ylang & Lavender. A beautifully floral feminine blend. Eases anxiety, shock, panic & fear. Balancing, boosts positivity & lifts spirits. A relaxing blend to promote a restful night’s sleep.
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If you plan to use aromatherapy during pregnancy, please discuss with your GP or midwife first.