Essential Oils Great For Pregnancy

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in a variety of holistic treatment methods. The oils are obtained by steam distilling or cold pressing plants. The resulting oils may then be used in a variety of ways including placed on the skin, inhaled, consumed, used as aroma therapy or as a massage oil. Different essential oils work in different ways, with each providing a different benefit for the mind or body. When incorporated into a holistic treatment plan, essential oils can help a person to become both physically and emotionally balanced.  Blog.H

While pregnant, there are a few things to keep in mind about the use of essential oils:

  • Because there are only a few studies on the use of essential oils during pregnancy and their effect on both mother and child, essential oils should not be consumed during the pregnancy or if a woman is nursing. Diffusing the oils or using the oils topically is recommended.
  • The use of essential oils should be completely avoided during a woman’s first trimester.
  • Using just a small amount of essential oils can be powerful and is recommended during pregnancy. Diluting the oils with water is ideal.
  • Women’s bodies often react differently to scents and oils while pregnant. If your favorite essential oil does not seem to be agreeing with you, listen to your body.

There are many essential oils that are deemed to be safe to use while pregnant or nursing. The following list includes some of these and indicates how they may be used as a holistic treatment method:

  • Morning sickness and other stomach issues may be treated with peppermint, ginger and spearmint.
  • Coughs may be treated with eucalyptus.
  • Muscle pains are common during pregnancy and may be treated with sweet marjoram and chamomile.
  • Lavender has been proven to help alleviate stress and restore calm.

As with any holistic treatment method, it is important to speak with your physician about use of essential oils during your pregnancy.

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