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Additional essential oils that have therapeutic benefits and are safe for pregnancy (after the first trimester) include: bitter almond argan patchouli pomegranate ginger cardamom fennel cypress myrtle essential frankincense. Using essential oils during pregnancy is safe as long as you practice extreme caution. Essential oils are the pure essence of flowers, tree, and plants and are quite powerful.

When using essential oils during pregnancy, it is important to keep the following things in mind: Only use essential oils under the supervision of your physician. Some essential oils should be avoided completely during pregnancy, notably: basil, camphor, hyssop, sage and wintergreen. Before applying any oil however, it’s a good idea to study the safety guidelines associated with the oil and to consult your doctor to be doubly safe. Avoiding synthetic scents.

Using Essential Oils Safely During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding. Although pregnancy and breastfeeding are two very different stages a woman goes through, much of the information as far as essential oil safety is the same. Below you will find links to more information on this topic located inside the UEOS LEARNING CENTER. Lavender is perhaps the most popular choice of essential oil in the world.

It is preferred for its antiseptic, analgesic, and antidepressant properties. Lavender essential oil makes you feel calm and relaxed during the most stressful moments of your pregnancy. Its added benefits include fresh and healthy-looking skin and reduced stress. You can try all of these once you hit your second trimester: Bergamot Roman chamomile Eucalyptus Geranium Ginger Grapefruit Lavender Lemon Lemongrass Lime Mandarin Neroli Patchouli Petitgrain Rose Otto Rosewood Sandalwood Sweet orange Tea tree Ylang ylang.

Essential oils for better sleep during pregnancy: Good sleep and rest are paramount during pregnancy. Blends like doTERRA Balance ®, doTERRA Breathe ®, doTERRA Serenity ®, are full of calming and soothing essential oils and can be used aromatically create a relaxing environment. Using essential oils during pregnancy can help reduce the unpleasant side effects that may come with carrying a child.

Note: It is highly recommended that you speak with a health care professional before using any essential oils while pregnant, even pregnancy safe essential oils. Lavender Oil During Pregnancy. Using Essential Oils Safely for Body Odor – Body Spray Recipe. Body sprays are perfect for adding beautiful aromas on your skin and in your hair, and they are easy to make!

I’ve formulated recipes for you based on the best essential oils and the best methods of application. You can find the recipe located inside the EO RECIPES. Thieves Oil is a popular blend for immune support and sometimes you really need an extra boost for your immune system during pregnancy.

Thieves contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary. Several of those oils are recommended to use with care and caution during pregnancy.

List of related literature:

Table 4.1 (p 42) shows essential oils that should be used with caution, those that should be avoided throughout pregnancy and those generally considered safe to use.

“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

Essential oils may be used correctly and safely later in pregnancy, however, but the situation is not clear.

“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

• Those essential oils which are potentially dangerous should be avoided throughout pregnancy, not just during the first trimester.

“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

As you will read over and over in this book, essential oils are natural, but many of them are not recommended for use while you’re pregnant—and no essential oil should be used during the first trimester.

“Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, An Introductory Guide: More Than 300 Recipes for Health, Home and Beauty” by Sonoma Press
from Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, An Introductory Guide: More Than 300 Recipes for Health, Home and Beauty
by Sonoma Press
Arcas Publishing, 2014

In some instances, especially with external use, essential oils may be safe, but in general – especially during pregnancy – they are contraindicated.

“Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment” by Christof Schaefer, Paul W.J. Peters, Richard K Miller
from Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment
by Christof Schaefer, Paul W.J. Peters, Richard K Miller
Elsevier Science, 2014

Although many women do use essential oils successfully and safely during their pregnancies, it is suggested that some essential oils should be avoided altogether, although the data are based on taking the essential oils orally, not inhaling or applying them topically.

“Invitation to Holistic Health” by Charlotte Eliopoulos
from Invitation to Holistic Health
by Charlotte Eliopoulos
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017

Although many women do use essential oils successfully and safely during their pregnancies, it is suggested that some essential oils should be avoided altogether, although the data is based on taking the essential oils orally, not inhaling or applying them topically.

“Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life” by Charlotte Eliopoulos, American Holistic Nurses' Association
from Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life
by Charlotte Eliopoulos, American Holistic Nurses’ Association
Jones and Bartlett, 2004

Because of uncertainties about the safety of essential oils during these periods, general advice is that the use of essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester.

“Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy E-Book” by Michael Heinrich, Elizabeth M. Williamson, Simon Gibbons, Joanne Barnes
from Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy E-Book
by Michael Heinrich, Elizabeth M. Williamson, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy and by those with asthma, epilepsy, or other health conditions.

“Mosby's Massage Therapy Review E-Book” by Sandy Fritz
from Mosby’s Massage Therapy Review E-Book
by Sandy Fritz
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

I would not advise using essential oils if you are pregnant, some are safe, but personally I don’t think it’s worth taking the risk.

“A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants” by Rachel Patterson
from A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Herbs & Plants
by Rachel Patterson
John Hunt Publishing, 2014

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  • I’m 11 weeks and 3 days and am wanting to use eucalyptus oil in my diffuser because I’m coming off with a cold and my sinuses are ugghhhhh… is it safe??

  • Hey Bridget! I’m a first time mum who has been watching your videos since I was 27 weeks pregnant to help me prepare for labour and try to naturally. They really helped! He was due 12/12 but ended up coming late on the 20th. Thankfully avoided getting induced and he decided to come on his own. It was 11:30pm and I was getting slight stomach pains which I didn’t think were contractions as they just felt like I ate something bad. Felt a leak and thought it was my water breaking so went to the bathroom only to find blood everywhere. I panicked of course because it was like a super heavy period. I called my midwife and she told me she’d meet me at the hospital to check to make sure everything was all right. They checked me and I was already 7cm dilated! The contractions were getting stronger but I was alright. My partner helped me dance and sing through the contractions. I didn’t get my water birth which I had hoped for as I was losing too much blood but I still managed to go completely unmedicated. Luka was born at 2:50am at 7.7 pounds after a 3 and a half hour labour. He was super healthy and perfect but unfortunately I had lost over 3 pints of blood so we needed to stay an extra night for me to get blood and iron transfusions. Almost 3 weeks PP now and all is well! Pretty happy with my first labour �� thank you so much for the help. I am going to be recommending you to all of my pregnant friends!

  • Thank you so much for this! I have also been using your recipe for mouthwash and toothpaste and I am in my second trimester. Is that ok? I read that maybe malaleuca is not the safest during pregnancy, but I am not technically ingesting it!

  • Can I take this woman and borrow her for July in the U.K. for my birth!!! ��❤️ she’s literally got videos for all my questions that nobody else does

  • Could you please provide more info regarding all the essential oils you talked in this video? I was looking for the video you said you were going to post but I can’t find it:(

  • I usually would use tea tree oil topically for blemishes and lavender in my diffuser for a couple of hours while falling asleep. Should I stop using them at the beginning of my pregnancy?

  • I am scared of using it directly but eager to use it aromatically by using it in aroma oil diffuser. Is it safe using any oil in diffuser or to inhale?

  • Honestly Clary Sage was huge in naturally inducing my labor at home! What do you think of Frankencense for pain management during labor?

  • Many thanks, I have been researching “rose cabbage essential oil benefits” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of Neyelin Rose Racinage (should be on google have a look )? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my brother in law got great results with it.

  • This is so informative! I wish I would have known all this when I was pregnant! I will have to save it for any future babies �� I did try just breathing in Clary sage when I was in labour and I could not stand the smell! It was so awful I had to put it away!

    Do you have a video on essential oils that are safe to use while breast feeding? Specifically once you’re out of the newborn stage.. My son is a year old and I still breastfeed him and want to make sure I’m not using something that isn’t safe.

  • Are there oils to avoid entirely? I love lavender but I also love eucalyptus! Is eucalyptus ok to use during labor? It sounds contradictory but it is both calming and invigorating for me.

  • Omg I used 15 drops oregano and 10 drops thieves with 10ml CO during the first weeks of pregnancy which I didn’t know i was. Should I be worried? �� I stopped all use of Essential Oil as soon as I found I was 7 weeks pregnant.

  • I wanted to know if adding myth, tea tree and Manuka oil is safe to add to diy Shea butter for strength mark cream…….. also can I start applying my butter to stomach now to prevent strength marks.

  • Hi Bridget, would you difuse lavender and massage with clary sage at the same time? and where does peppermint come into the game? sorry but i am trying to understand the timeline of the application of the different oils as i am currEntly preparing for my own labor. right now at week 38�� also can common coconut oil be used as a carrier oil for clary sage? wouldn’t it be a strange mix of smells as coconut oil is veRy strong as well? thanks for considering my comment and thanks for your great video!

  • My daughter has the flu so I have 3 drops of eucalyptus oil in a diffuser…I’m 12 weeks pregnant and now I’m worried �� Am I now in trouble or at risk for anything?

  • I have ClaryCalm, can I use that? I’m supposed to be induced around 39 weeks and if my doc is fine with me using EOs, can I use them in conjunction?

  • Avoid peppermint oil if you’re lactating/breastfeeding unless you want to decrease your supply quickly. I was 3w pp, took a peppermint foot bath, and went from pumping 50oz a day to 35 overnight. I’m even hesitant to use my peppermint rose lip salve after delivery lol. Concentrated lemon oil directly applied to legs and feet (with a carrier oil obviously) will provide immediate edema relief.

  • Please, please do NOT use fennel pregnant. Whoever reads this… please, please do not use fennel while pregnant! There is so much mis-information in so many of your videos. It’s really concerning.

  • I’m taking the LLV while pregnant but I just heard that more than 5000IU of vit A isnt safe for unborn baby…..LLV has 7000IU
    What is your belief in this since you said you took it too while pregnant

  • Is sage (salvia officinalis) essential oil for aromatherapy ok to inhale in a diffuser while pregnant? If so how much should I dilute with another essential oil or how many drops in the diffuser?
    I also got my essential oils from Whole Foods and checked that the ingredients are just purely the essential oil which from that market is mostly all of them are!

  • I absolutely love your channel btw! ���� I’ve been sharing with sooo many mamas! I have a YouTube channel as well so idk why i haven’t commented on more videos to help support you/to make you know I’m a frequent viewer. I’ve watched several videos multiple times! In my videos I talk about my pregnancy even, so I’ll definitely be shouting you out! Bc I’ve literally LOVED your videos! So very helpful for a first time mom!

  • I love this video! Thank you! And thank you for putting on the roller bottle mix descriptions in the description box! What is your opinion on diffusing lemon grass during pregnancy? Is it safe? I have heard mixed reviews.

  • Peppermint ginger fennel lemon morning sickness roller 5 drops each in 10ml bottle with fractioned coconut oil on bottoms of feet with socks

  • A couple drops of peppermint essential oil on a tissue is the difference between me being a human and a low-grade-nausea monster all day. Yaaaaaayyyyy first trimester ��

  • Do you think you can make an updated video about what you would do with the new psk?? I love your video though! it was great information!!

  • Great video! I am suffering from spring allergy, don’t want to use sprays is there any oils I can use and how to use? I’m 5months pregnant.

  • @bridgetteyler Have you heard of bengkung belly binding to help with postpartum recovery? I’ve heard some good things, but it’s hard to know what to trust out there. I’ve really valued your virtual support during such a crazy time and would love to know what your thougts are about bengkung belling binding. Thanks!

  • Thank you for this so much. I am due in 7 weeks with my third baby. I am most nervous with this pregnancy. These tips and info are great. Thanks!

  • Essential oils can be very beneficial. I think that it is important to test the odors with the client to be sure that the smell is soothing and relaxing to them. #birthinglittlehumans