Tea-tree Oil and Pregnancy Safety Concerns and much more


CBD Oil While Nursing / Pregnant / Postpartum — My Experience

Video taken from the channel: TangerineBliss


Essential Oils for PCOS

Video taken from the channel: Live Fertile


Is Tea Tree Oil Safe?

Video taken from the channel: NutritionFacts.org


Best Essential Oils to Use During Pregnancy

Video taken from the channel: Momism Mommas


Dangers of Essential Oils: Top 10 Essential Oil Mistakes to Avoid | Dr. Josh Axe

Video taken from the channel: Dr. Josh Axe


Essential Oils Such As Lavender And Tea Tree Oils May Disrupt Hormones, New Research Says | TIME

Video taken from the channel: TIME


Teas to Avoid While Pregnant

Video taken from the channel: Momism Mommas

Tea tree oil has powerful chemicals that can sometimes cause irritation and other reactions. You might be especially sensitive during pregnancy due. While there are no known risks exclusive to using tea tree oil during pregnancy, tea tree oil is poisonous if swallowed. The oil can also cause skin irritation if used incorrectly or if you’re sensitive or allergic to it. Tea tree oil can be used to help treat a variety of conditions, particularly issues related to the skin.

It can also be found as an ingredient in some cosmetic and cleaning products. Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It’s been used for hundreds of years to help treat skin infections and heal wounds..

Some women use vaginal tea. Black tea is the most common type of non-herbal tea. It includes blends such as English breakfast, Earl Grey, and Orange Pekoe. Green tea has a more delicate taste than black tea.

The oolong teas are a combination of green and black tea. Non-herbal teas contain varying. Taking in larger amounts of certain oils like tea tree oil, wintergreen, and camphor can lead to throat swelling, a racing heart, vomiting, and even seizures, says the Tennessee Poison. More research needs to be conducted on the topic, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Pregnant women should also avoid aromatherapy products and treatments in the first trimester. Tea tree topical is considered possibly safe to use during pregnancy when applied to the skin. It is likely unsafe when taken by mouth and it can be toxic. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant.

Tea tree topical is considered possibly safe to use if you are nursing a baby when applied to the skin. Tea Tree (Malaleuca) — If using in the mouth always spit out the oil afterwards to prevent potential side effects, such as digestive issues, hives or dizziness. Rose — Avoid use during pregnancy.


List of related literature:

Contraindications Until more research is available, tea tree oil should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

“Mosby's Handbook of Herbs & Natural Supplements E-Book” by Linda Skidmore-Roth
from Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs & Natural Supplements E-Book
by Linda Skidmore-Roth
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Theoretical concerns exist with using the essential oil in pregnancy because it may cross the placental barrier, but the amount of peppermint ingested in teas or foods seems to be safe.34 Peppermint has been rated as safe by the FDA.33

“Integrative Medicine E-Book” by David Rakel
from Integrative Medicine E-Book
by David Rakel
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Consequently, they cite dozens of essential oils as being abortifacient, and therefore unsafe in pregnancy, such as caraway (carvone), davana (davanone), peppermint eucalyptus (piperitone), rosemary verbenone CT (verbenone), taget (tagetone), turmeric (turmerone) and zdravetz (germacrone).

“Essential Oil Safety E-Book: A Guide for Health Care Professionals” by Robert Tisserand, Rodney Young
from Essential Oil Safety E-Book: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
by Robert Tisserand, Rodney Young
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

In contrast, there are no case reports of topically applied or inhaled essential oils causing harm, but there is also no definitive evidence confirming safety in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

“Herbs and Natural Supplements Inkling: An Evidence-Based Guide” by Lesley Braun, Marc Cohen
from Herbs and Natural Supplements Inkling: An Evidence-Based Guide
by Lesley Braun, Marc Cohen
Elsevier Health Sciences APAC, 2010

Herb Traditional or popular uses Precautions or contraindications* Tea tree oil (Melaleuca) Used topically for infections and as an inhalant for respiratory disorders Should not be used in women during pregnancy and lactation, or in those with known hypersensitivity.

“Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Australian & New Zealand Edition eBook” by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis
from Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Australian & New Zealand Edition eBook
by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

A number of essential oils (see page 22) and herbs (see page 68) are not safe to use during pregnancy.

“Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding” by Demetria Clark
from Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding
by Demetria Clark
Book Publishing Company, 2015

Many lists of oils to be avoided during pregnancy include those containing aldehydes and phenols (such as Cymbopogon citratus [lemongrass] and Syzygium aromaticum [clove bud], whose toxicity is mainly a potential irritant effect on the skin) whose contraindications do not specifically relate to pregnancy.

“Aromatherapy for Health Professionals E-Book” by Shirley Price, Len Price, Penny Price
from Aromatherapy for Health Professionals E-Book
by Shirley Price, Len Price, Penny Price
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Although one author believes the topical application of podophyllum resin is safe during pregnancy (1), most other sources consider it a dangerous agent to use during this period, especially because of the availability of alternative, safer treatments.

“Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk” by Gerald G. Briggs, Roger K. Freeman, Sumner J. Yaffe
from Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk
by Gerald G. Briggs, Roger K. Freeman, Sumner J. Yaffe
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011

Don’t use this or any other herbal oil during your pregnancy.

“Dr. Atkins' Vita-nutrient Solution: Nature's Answers to Drugs” by Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Robert C. Atkins
from Dr. Atkins’ Vita-nutrient Solution: Nature’s Answers to Drugs
by Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Robert C. Atkins
Simon & Schuster, 1998

Tea-tree oil should not be used in childbirth as it has been found to reduce uterine contractions in rats (Lis-Balchin et al 2000).

“Evidence-based Therapeutic Massage E-Book: A Practical Guide for Therapists” by Elizabeth A. Holey, Eileen M. Cook
from Evidence-based Therapeutic Massage E-Book: A Practical Guide for Therapists
by Elizabeth A. Holey, Eileen M. Cook
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Oktay Kutluk

Kutluk Oktay, MD, FACOG is one of the world's foremost experts in fertility preservation as well as ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization for infertility treatments. He developed and performed the world's first ovarian transplantation procedures as well as pioneered new ovarian stimulation protocols for embryo and oocyte freezing for breast and endometrial cancer patients.

Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +1 (877) 492-3666

Biography: https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/kutluk_oktay/
Bibliography: oktay_bibliography

View all posts


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Lets clear the air on essential oils. First they are NOT Natural! They are derived from a natural source, but by human intervention are concentrated beyond anything nature has to offer. Nature did not give us whats in that little bottle. Second they are high emissions and not all those emissions are friendly. Personally, I find them just as offensive as perfumes and cigarette smoke, and can’t wait for the fad to be over so we can go back to breathing clean air again.

  • centuries of pure heritage in essential oil usage with healthy people out weighs corporate science lies. The medical associations dont want people healthy its not profitable they prefer us clinging to meds and machines til we croak.

  • thanks for posting, at least you tried to help others but its so anoing so weird to see that video i could not even finish watching. listening to a computer talk its not personal not enjoyable, if a person cant put their face and voice when making a video i would not give that person my time. i would rather have a person say the info. too much computer trying to taking the place of human, at least when we want to watch to a video i would rather see a person. thanks for trying

  • WHOOOOAAA I always wonder about that scene I watched in a Chinese historical drama and apparently its true?! Some oils can cause infertility, I thought its just some harem drama in an ancient Chinese kingdom lol

  • I had an infected bite on my leg, used a tiny dab of neat TTO on it a couple of times and it healed quickly. Also use it diluted as a mouthwash. Thanks for the info though, good to know.

  • …all the while Doterra releases a baby line of oils, yeah lavender’s there with no discretion as in there products are endocrine disruptors.

  • Please be very careful with tea tree oil. I used to use it a lot for ringworm, athlete’s foot, first aid, and for cleaning. I did so for many years with no issues, however all of a sudden I developed a very severe allergy to it. In other words, I became sensitized to it to the point that even a brief exposure to a tiny bit would result in huge water blisters, and a rash that would take over a month to clear. Perhaps if I had had some competent advice concerning its use, I would have only used it diluted and not ended up with the allergy. It was a very frightening experience.

  • Tea tree oil is also commonly used in DIY mouthwash solutions. I’ve made my own from time to time. I’m curious to hear more about the safety in this context.

  • Essential oils are amazing and this is just an attack to our natural lifestyle…. keep in mind that GMOs, vaccinations, and chemtrails are part of agenda 21 depopulation

  • The FDA wants Truth In Advertising on all natural products! Why doesn’t the FDA want Truth In Advertising on all pharmaceutical drugs that promise the world?

  • I’ve heard some people say that it’s safe & ok to add “safe” internal Essential oils to your water, juice, favorite beverage, etc….
    However, others have shared the old saying that “oil & water don’t mix.”
    Therefore, it’s much more safe to add the Essential oils to Fractionated coconut oil under your tongue, instead:
    the coconut oil, first; then, the “safe” internal Essential oil(s) (& swallow’n them after about a minute or so…).
    What do you say to this, Doc?

    I’m fairly new to this Essential oils scene, & I really want to make sure I’m do’n the “right things” with them. Thanks-A-Million! ��

    Anita T.

  • Some people can not tolerate Tea Tree Oil. I am one who can’t. I’ve had it in shampoos and lotions. Makes me sick too my stomach and irritates my skin.

  • It would be practically useful if you could demonstrate the use – – topical, ingestion, aromatherapy – – for us novices who want to give essential oils a try

  • oils are great and we are also promoting and using oils for our daily essential needs and used at differents home remedies and do tips at homesteading and wellness awareness

  • I put some 100% TTO on the exterior of my ear to (hopefully) treat an infection, and it basically burned the skin off.  Be careful with this stuff, and remember to dilute!

  • Okay but what am I supposed to do with this information
    “Essential oils may disrupt hormones which MIGHT…be bad but we don’t really know since we need to test more”

    Is this video just saying essential oils DO do something?

  • I love TTO and have used it all my life. Definitely dilute with carrier oils, and do not use on pets unless washing away! It’s nice to add some to dog shampoo but make damn sure you rinse thoroughly! I use it in household cleaner I make, I add a few drops to my dishwasher and washing machine, and I mix it with coconut oil to use on any rashes or insect bites etc. I also love it in my shampoo and body wash!

  • what do we think about using in a diffuser? Its definitely diluted to less than 1% so its safe for coming in contact with our skin but we’re breathing it in…as long as we arent noticing any adverse effects it should be fine, right?

  • Please give his products a try..i suffered from chronic pancreatitis and other digestive issues, let me say pancreatitis is pain beyond imagination..so I received a bottle of dr.axe gut restorer it changed my life..no pain lots of energy and I feel more focused..please try. It changed my life

  • I found diluted tea tree oil to be pretty ineffective especially at 1%. I apply just a drop onto rashes, irritation, acne and it works great. I never had a bad reaction, but obviously be careful to not use too much. A drop is enough

  • I made the mistake of putting a large amount of tea tree in the diffuser before going to bed while sick. I woke up later couching all the excess mucus up.

  • I seriously question constant exposure to essential oils. These are aromatic plant derived solvents. No one should live in constant exposure to solvents.

  • Please don’t buy oils from drugstore! they are treated with toxins. Please watch out especially when pregnant or when using it on your kids! If someone is looking for high quality essential oils I’m your girl!:)

  • if you are suffering from any skin fungle infection or you have a lot of work stress then you should give a try this amezing: https://rb.gy/lpju4a product for your problem.

  • So which oils are safe to diffuse in a diffuser for a bedroom? And where is some places online you can buy organic true essential oils?��

  • Oh shit, I need my tea tree oil. It helps my razor bumps. I should use more aloe vera also. Thankfully this video supports it’s use to be safe.

  • Hi I have low progesterone and I was wondering if there is a oil I can use to get it up? I’m in menapause and have estrogen dominance

  • For someone like me that doesn’t know anything about essential oils, how can I tell if it’s fake or not? I want to make sure its safe for my grandparents to use.

  • Most of the essential oils you find are not pure oils. They’ve been cut usually with Dipropylene Glycol (DPG). This cuts the amount of oil that you need but keeps the fragrance. One of the reasons DPG is used is because often the essential oils will irritate the skin and this keeps the irritation down. It also makes the oils less expensive.

  • Thanks Doc. I was thinking how it would be wonderful if ‘Western Medicine’ would allow education and use of herbs and natural oils back into the mainstream. Old wisdom is sometime the best wisdom.

  • Is there anyway to get the pigment back in my skin. I had put a sub sensitive oil on my skin with a necklace on. Other than Sun exposure any idea how to get rid of it?

  • Excuse after excuse, Very misleading, the video said MAY….which means they don’t know, natural herbs and remedies don’t cause problems for the body they support us and make things better

    Once again most likely the pharmaceutical companies putting out fake info so people don’t go natural, a way for people to rely on them and their dangerous chemical laced medications which do damage to your body

    The biggest cause of death is people reacting negatively to prescription drugs side effects

  • Every oil manufacturer says that their product is organic and therapeutic grade. There is no way to know which are honest and which are not.

  • Iv got sandalwood fragrance oil is it for an infuser and if so how can I use it do I tipp it in and light candle. Or do I ad. To water

  • Cheers for this, I been tryin to find out about “rose hip essential oil” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about Neyelin Rose Racinage (should be on google have a look )? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my mate got excellent success with it.

  • Dear Dr Greger, (or anyone here that could help me)

    what can a woman in her mid 50´s do to low high blood pressure?

    I am asking because my mom is having an issue with high blood pressure at the moment and I am trying to find a way to help her out with it. her blood pressure is 180/80 as of today. she actually eats healthy, doesnt eat meat that much, but loves butter and occasionanny drinks milk and drinks lots of coffee. she went to the doctor to check because she is having medial pain in the thorax region and she is also reporting having rapid heartbeats, mostly when she is doing something or when she gets nervous or agitated about something. she said that she is also dealing with depression because of loneliness. she lives alone, has no partner or friends. we both live in germany and here we only have each other as family members. she is single since years and that is making her depressed. she is at home today and the doctor told her to rest a little bit.

    today we spoke on the phone, she cried and kinda talked to me like she was already saying good bye. I am kinda confused because you actually never expect something happen to your parents. I dont want to lose my mother and I would love to at least try to help her get better.

    Is there any types of food that she can eat to low down the bp?

    I am scared about her:-(

  • Man I bathe myself in that stuff it’s awesome! Diluted in water obviously, I only ingested like 2-3 drops straight to my mouth when I had the worst cold and soar in my throat, actually helped, still here! Great for skincare also!

  • Not mothersafe like cowmilk so I won’t give teetreeoil to the cat either not for intake for anyone. But for outside-use it is ok. Thank for this I like teetree-oil the last oil in the house.

  • Essential oils will kill cats and small pets including fish. Oil burning tortures dogs because their sense of smell is so strong. If you have animals dont use oils! Wallflowers from Bath and bodywork almost killed my cat��

  • Listened to this video while fully submerged in a bath of 100% tea tree oil. The paralysis is so relaxing! Though I am starting to feel slee

  • I remember a video of a woman who for months to years had horrible allergic reactions and continued to eat essential oils against them..
    Didn’t know they could cause allergic or any bad reactions. Damn I’m half her age and knew that for years, it says so even on the bottles.. Felt bad for her still, so much suffering because of lack of knowledge.

  • I vaporized it in a diffuser and used it topically a lot with no side effects.  Then I decided to try using it diluted in water as mouth wash and spit it out.  Bad idea.  Needed to call 911 within 30 minutes.  It is HIGHLY toxic if ingested in my experience.  Luckily blood pressure and pulse stabilized by the time emergency crews arrived but I still felt very shaky and terrified for several hours.  It was very traumatizing.  Don’t get any in your mouth or spray on cats because they lick their fur.  Now I am kind of afraid of it.

  • Isn’t that why you use essential oils? For their effectiveness? It sounds to me like hormone disruption is the mechanism of action for the essential oils to deliver its therapeutic effects. Effecting the brain to produce certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin

  • I know this is not related to tea tree oil, but what do you think of videos like this? I see them as people pretending to know things that they don’t fully understand and trying to make things black and white:

  • Hi Dr.Axe Asking if it safe to use blue water disinfectant in room every day beside my bed for 10-12 hrs? Using humidifier? Thank you

    Please help

  • My nieces uses thieves essential oils on their feet. I don’t think it really does anything I just know the smell hurts my throat. I’m allergic to lavender too

  • When sick I tend to add a few drops of tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil to boiling water and steam for about 10-15min. This kicks the cold really quickly. However, is this considered ok?

  • I have never liked tea tree oil, the smell, the effect, even in a diluted state. I’ve had more irritation from off the shelf products and am throwing all of it away. It sucks.

  • I had mosquito bites ALL over my arms and legs when I was in India a few years ago and basically dumped an entire bottle of tea tree oil on my skin for some relief. Whoops. At least I had no reactions to it. xD

  • Oh, the bible… how will these oils help one to discern exactly how to own another human being? Or when it’s morally justified to rape someone? Can these oils be used as lube? For my car, for sex, you know, lube…

  • ⚠️ ��Be careful with putting Tea tree oil directly on your skin consecutively….It took away the pigmentation on my skin. I now have an area of skin that looks like I have vitiligo. Luckily it’s on my hip area. ��⚠️

  • Damn…… your description of your feeling made me realized that I too suffer from anxiety and irritability. For the passed 10 years as a parent, i thought that i was just strict.

  • Dr. Greger could you please make more videos on skincare; what the scientific literature says about certain ingredients, what works, what’s just marketing etc.
    Skincare can be ridiculously expensive, but there’s very little reliable information out there on whether it’s actually worth it.

  • There are different types of Frankincense oil. I have seen boswellia, carteri, and olibanum? I bought one and put a drop into my palm to see what colour and other attributes it has. Well, it was like superglue to get off my skin. First I tried soap and hot water which caused it to spread out znd make a large area of my hand superglue like sticky. Then I used some alcohol spray to try to get it off which didn’t work. Finally I used coconut oil and that worked. So glad I didn’t put any into my nice diffuser. What type and how does one use Frankincense essentizl oil? Mine is organic and not diluted.

  • Great info as always. I used to apply it to blemishes and it worked until the likely exposure to sunlight did turn my clear-bottled tto the darkened color. I haven’t bought it in years but the inflammation results were good for me when I did use it and I did use a lower concentration as indicated is best. Thanks for breaking down the data as always, very easy to digest (unlike tto…never ever ingest!!)


  • Thank you so much for the educational insight on essential oils. It never crossed my mind that it could effect little children and pregnant women in so many ways. I live in Hawaii and we normally use oils on skin for the sun and for stretch marks on belly. Thanks again Mahalo:)

  • What’s an example of a good tea tree oil brand/product that’s safely diluted? Most of the tea tree oils for sale seem to be selling 100% tea tree oil, no mention of dilution…

  • I’m sitting here with blown up, inflamed facial skin, after applying essential oils to my hair. Had a serious reaction!! This video came unnervingly timely!!

  • You are so calming!! This is the best video on essential oils I’ve ever seen. You are so knowledgeable and it is refreshing that you are not trying to sell any oils. Thank you so much and PLEASE continue to make videos! I will be watching more of your content later tonight. Take care!

  • Did you notice any changes in your baby’s behavior while you were taking CBD? I was just prescribed an antidepressant and I hate the way it made me feel. But I’ve had a difficult time finding any kind of reviews or studies on if CBD will effect the baby.

  • So inspiring. Thank you so much for a good advisetaking good care of yourself. I keep forgetting it because it seems like there is no time to do it with 3 kids. I would like to priority it more.

  • Is it 100% cbd you are using? Me and my s.o are currently trying to have a child and she is concerned with taking cbd that has small doses of thc. The one she is currently looking at is a 10:1 ratio. More cbd than thc. Curious if anyone may think this is still safe with the small thc content as she wanted it for the added relaxation. No physician can seem to answer it at all.

  • Why there are a number of essential oils education posted on youtube exactly 2 years ago?
    No matter what, do our own research. Something fishy coz there are too many brands supporting the genetically modified products which are absolutely unhealthy. Do our own research folks even if a scientist advised.

  • Thanks for sharing. I have four kids and found you through your comment on Mandy Irby’s video. The first zero-THC CBD oil I heard of was Joy Organics. Was that on the list you saw?