Essential Oils for Pregnant Women
Many mums-to-be enjoy aromatherapy and prenatal massage. And they want to carry on with it to help them ease the aches, pains, or discomfort of pregnancy. But it is essential to know if aromatherapy and prenatal massage could harm your baby. Remember that there are safe essential oils, and some are not for pregnant women. And here are some great advice:
- Just use one drop of oil at a time
- Don’t overdo the same oils – mix them up.
- Dilute the essential oil with at least a teaspoon (5ml) of base oil in a bath or when using it on your skin.
- To be safe, wait until the first trimester is over before you use aromatherapy.
Safe Essential Oils for Pregnant Women
As long as your pregnancy is going well, it’s okay for you to use:
- Chamomile – is used to relieve nausea and can soothe muscle aches.
- Lavender – with a great number of benefits, is considered the best essential oil. Lavender oil reduces anxiety and is superior at relieving pain.
- Citrus oils, like tangerine and neroli – are loaded with antioxidants, boost energy levels and relieve nausea.
- Frankincense – helps with digestive problems and has disinfectant properties.
- Peppermint – with its minty herbal scent, can alleviate upset stomach, headaches, and indigestion.
- Ylang Ylang – is said to be a self-esteem builder oil. Also, its sweet aroma aids in relaxation.
- Eucalyptus – the cooling scent of eucalyptus oil that helps relieve mental exhaustion
- bergamot – contains analgesic properties; therefore, it is best for pain relief and alleviating stress and anxiety.
- Geranium – is said to have antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Geranium oil also relieves anxiety and depression.
A Pregnant Woman Should Avoid
- Nutmeg, which can react with pain-relieving drugs in labor.
- Rosemary – can cause contractions.
- Basil – some people think it could contribute to abnormal cell development.
- Jasmine and clary sage – can trigger contractions.
- Sage and rose – may cause bleeding in your uterus.
With our certified massage therapist guidance, pregnant women may find that aromatherapy massage can make them feel much better. The use of safe essential oils in a prenatal massage helps alleviate the condition the expecting mother may be experiencing. Book and secure your prenatal massage and discover how these essential oils help mums and expecting mums throughout pregnancy.
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