Which Essential Oils Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?

Which Essential Oils Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?

This is somewhat of a difficult topic. There are so many different ideas as to what’s safe and what’s not. It’s actually quite confusing. I have been doing as much research as I can as to why each one is considered unsafe. There are contradicting answers everywhere.. While I’m not going to personally test my luck, I will just post a giant list as to what I can find and then another for which ones are considered safe. As always, please do your own research.

I would love your input if you know any further information on the subject. 

Which Essential Oils Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?

Which oils to avoid during pregnancy:

Once inside your body, essential oils work in the same way as drugs or medicines. Because essential oil molecules are very small, there is a possibility that they may cross the placenta and reach your growing baby’s circulation.

from: Is it safe to use essential oils while I’m pregnant?
www.babycentre.co.uk

Almond – bitter

Toxic

Aniseed

Anethole rich, could stimulate contractions.

Angelica

Emmenagogue, could stimulate contractions.

Arnica (homeopathic is fine)

 

Basil

Possible irritant, thought to contribute to abnormal cell development.

Birch

Possible irritant

Bitter almond

 

Black pepper

Skin sensitization

Boldo leaf

Toxic

Broom

 

Buchu

Liver hazardous

Calamus

Toxic

Camphor

Toxic

Cassia

Skin sensitization

Cedarwood

Emmenagogue

Chervil

 

Chamomile

Emmenagogue

Cinnamon (& leaf)

Skin sensitization and emmenagogue could stimulate contractions.

Citronella

could stimulate contractions.

Clary sage

Emmenagogue, may trigger contractions.

Clove (bud, leaf or stem)

Skin sensitization

Coriander

 

Costus

 

Cumin

could stimulate contractions.

Deertongue

 

Elecampane

Skin sensitization

Fennel

Anethole rich

Fir

Possible irritant

Horseradish

Toxic

Hyssop

Could cause toxicity

Jaborandi leaf

Toxic

Jasmine

Emmenagogue, may trigger contractions.

Juniper (berry)

Emmenagogue, may affect your kidneys.

Laurel

could stimulate contractions.

Lemon

Possible irritant

Lemongrass

Possible irritant

Marjoram

Emmenagogue

Melissa

Possible irritant

Melilotus

 

Mugwort

Toxic

Mustard

Toxic

Myrrh

Emmenagogue

Nightshade

Toxic

Nutmeg

Skin sensitization, may have hallucinogenic effects and react with pain-relieving drugs in labour.

Oregano

Skin sensitization

Origanum

 

Parsley seed

Apiol rich

Pennyroyal

Toxic

Peppermint

Emmenagogue, known to decrease milk production.

Pine

Skin sensitization

Rose

Emmenagogue, may cause bleeding in your uterus (womb).

Rosemary

Emmenagogue, thought to increase blood pressure, and may cause contractions.

Rue

Toxic

Sage

High thujone content, may cause bleeding in your uterus (womb).

Sassafras

Toxic

Savin

Toxic

Savory

Could cause toxicity

Southernwood

Toxic

Stinging nettle

Toxic

Tansy

Toxic

Thuja

Toxic

Thyme both Red and Linalol)

Possible irritant, could stimulate contractions.

Tonka

 

Wintergreen

Toxic

Wormseed

Toxic

Wormwood

Toxic

There is a lot of confusion over the safety of lavender essential oil in pregnancy. That’s because lavender can be used to regulate periods. Rest assured that this does not mean using it in pregnancy raises the risk of miscarriage. However, for ease of mind, you may want to wait until your second trimester before using it. – www.babycentre.co.uk

(Emmenagogues are herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus; some stimulate menstruation. Plants such as mugwort, parsley, chamomile and ginger can cause an abortion or prevent pregnancy. Wikipedia)

I have old remedy books that say using ginger oil behind the ears prevents morning sickness… this is so confusing. Any input and thoughts on this subject are welcome. (I took Ginger off the upper list)

Essential Oils Considered Safe for Pregnancy (Guba, 2001)

From: Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy’s free safety sheet download. Please also see our latest post outlining safety and their top injuries of 2014 using essential oils improperly.

  • Cardamom
  • German and Roman chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Neroli or Orange Blossom
  • Patchouli
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood

Always dilute any essential oil.

As always, please do your own research & consult your medical practitioner before use of oils while pregnant or breastfeeding. – dislcaimer

If there are any others I should add to this list, please let me know in the comments below. 

Sources: www.babycentre.co.ukwww.essentialoils.co.zawww.fitpregnancy.commirvacu.com,

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