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Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils During Pregnancy (Part 2 of 2)

Posted Oct 05 2012 11:54am
Written by Tera on October 5, 2012 – -

By Nadine Artemis      (PART 1 Click here)

Hippocrates once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and medicine be they food.” It may be helpful to heed his advice and regard botanical oils as food instead of drugs. Modern allopathic medicine has trained us to think that efficacy depends on a rigorous dosage schedule: for example, take 10 mg per kilogram of body weight of a pill every day for a week. Essential oils allow us much more freedom!

Consider essential oils more like chocolate than medicine: one or two portions a day of raw chocolate benefits your body (and soul) with antioxidants and healthy minerals. Eating one kilogram of chocolate every day, while enjoyable, will be a dietary backfire. In the same way, one portion, one or two drops, of an essential oil is all that you need. Oils energetically influence our body chemistry so that one drop is as effective as 10 drops, regardless of height and weight.

Pregnant women who use essential oils responsibly and properly diluted – enjoying one portion, not guzzling or rubbing on half of a bottle of undiluted essential oil – can continue to enjoy essential oils throughout pregnancy. Instead of worrying about specific oils, (in fact, worry can be harmful to a pregnancy!) simply use oils that you are comfortable with and keep the concentration of essential oils at or under 2%-5% for a generous application, like in a full body massage. A 2% dilution amounts to 15-20 drops of oil for every ounce of carrier base, like organic jojoba, virgin coconut oil and olive oil.

You can continue to enjoy all of the elixirs and creations that you employ in your daily ablutions and meditations. If you loved particular oils, like ginger and rosemary, before you were pregnant, you can still inhale, apply or even add a single drop to your water without issue.

If you are a newcomer to the wisdom of essential oils, a reasonable approach to explore the world of botanicals is to introduce into your daily life a few drops of the well-known health-tonic oils. These health-tonic oils are broad spectrum and life supporting, and they will keep your body strong and centered throughout your pregnancy. Over time, as you try out different oils you will develop a feel and an intuition for the oils that are best for you.

The health-tonic oils are: cardamom, lavender, capechamomille, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Neroli, sandalwood, frankincense, palmarosa, thyme linalool, coriander seed, patchouli, geranium, petitigrain, ginger and rose otto.[4]

Start with your favorite scent; if you love rose, use a rose essential oil. All essential oils are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, and more impressively, they fortify and stimulate the immune system so that you are resistant to bacteria and bugs. A playful and preventative use of rose, or whatever your favorite oil is, throughout your pregnancy will balance your mind and spirit while reducing the odds that you will contract an illness. Many of the plants and oils that are used in aromatherapy and aroma-medicine have cared for people and blessed their beauty for thousands of years. Here are 3 simple and elegant ways you can include essential oils during pregnancy to bless your health and baby.

Your belly is working hard for you, so it is important to keep it happy and your skin well lubricated. Oils like lavender or rose diluted in jojoba oil are great for the skin and safe for you to use frequently. If you prefer a premixed blend, the abundance of skin-loving lipids in the Seabuckthorn or Rose Best Skin Ever will keep your ever-stretching skin soft and supple.

Dry brushing is also a great practice during pregnancy; it stimulates the endocrine, circulation, immune and detoxifying systems. It’s good for your skin and is also an excellent way to get the lymph system moving. The lymph system is so vital to our heath! When it is stagnant, our immune system becomes stagnant, too. For dry brushing, all you need is a bottle of oils, a natural bristle brush and about 5 minutes before your shower. Simply put one single drop Lymph Tonic, DewDab or an essential oil in your palm and rub the dry brush across it so the brush is just coated on the tips. Gently brush your skin, and remember to always brush toward your heart.

Essential oils that are really helpful and beautiful for dry brushing are rosemary, cypress and laurel. Those are all really great and can be used undiluted on the skin. You can also use Lymph Tonic which is a blend of cypress, rosemary and laurel along with eucalyptus and yarrow. These oils can also be diluted in jojoba for a much needed back and foot massage!

Nausea, heartburn and upset tummies are common occurrences during pregnancy. It is excellent practice to boost your intake of probiotics and fermented foods at this time. The helpful bacteria found in fermented foods, like kimchee, and probiotics will keep your digestive system working efficiently.

Also, the carminative oils, cardamom, chamomile, coriander seed and ginger, sooth and smooth the gut and digestive tract. A single drop of any one of these oils in a glass of water, on a piece of fruit or added to a spoonful of honey will settle your tummy. You could also try Digest the Best to keep your digestive system running smoothly; it is a whole garden of botanicals in a single drop.

Essential oils are natural attendants during labor and delivery. Use a diffuser to fill the air of your birthing space with any oil that has an aroma that you like and that creates a great atmosphere. Frankincense is a good oil for labor. As a portal oil, frankincense is used to welcome new places and open us to transitions.

Marjoram essential oil is a very good analgesic and muscle relaxant; when I was delivering my baby, Ron, my partner, massaged a 10% dilution of marjoram and lavender in jojoba oil on to my back right in the pelvic region for about an hour. It was amazing!

A relaxed and responsible use of essential oils lets enjoy your pregnancy with balanced health. You should always trust your intuition and common sense as you care for your body. As your baby grows, your intuition and attunement to your needs will also strengthen. Let your body speak to you and guide you.

About the Author:

Nadine Artemis is the creator of Living Libations, an exquisite line of serums, elixirs and essentials oils for those seeking the purest botanical health and beauty products on the planet. She is a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets and her products have  received rave reviews in  The New York Times, The National Post and The Hollywood Reporter.  An innovative aromacologist, Nadine develops immune enhancing formulas and medicinal blends for health and wellness: her potent dental drops are used worldwide and provide the purest oral care available.   Nadine’s new paradigm for beauty and her natural approach to health presents a revolutionary vision: it allows the life-force of flowers, dewdrops, plants, sun and water to be the ingredients of healthy living and lets everything unessential, contrived and artificial fall away. Also by Nadine Artemis: “Successful Self Dentistry: How to Avoid the Dentist Without Ignoring Your Teeth”  You’ll also learn how to improve your diet, how to protect your children’s teeth, herbal therapies, how to choose a dentist and how to prepare for a dental appointment.
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[4] Tisserand, Robert. Tony Balacs. Essential  Oil Safety; A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Churchill Livingstone: 1995 pg111

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