Essential oils ... truthfully it can be quite a complex, detailed conversation. First and foremost all essential oils are not created equally, so please understand that the purity matters when it comes to how the oils will affect the body - but we will save that segment for another day <3
Let's narrow in on essential oil usage during pregnancy. The biggest question I get asked is are essential oils safe during pregnancy. It depends on who you ask - at this time there are not sufficient studies done to see how essential oils affect a fetus, so most physicians won't recommend this form of aromatherapy. Essential oils should be avoided during the first trimester, and ingestion of essential oils should be avoided entirely during pregnancy.
For me, essential oils are a very large part of my life and I choose to use them during pregnancy; however, I do avoid intense daily use. With that being said, some essential oils I discontinue completely during pregnancy.
- Peppermint is typically used to help with nausea, but it can stint your milk supply. For my first child I continued to use peppermint through my third trimester and postpartum while breast feeding - I was only able to breast feed for 6 weeks and then my supply died - I tried EVERYTHING to get it back, but nothing worked. This time around I will be discontinuing my peppermint use during the third trimester when my milk begins to come in to prevent any interference.
- Lemongrass + Clary Sage are known to induce labor, so I typically avoid these oils; however, I started diffusing Clary Sage at 39 weeks with my first little one because I was ready for her to VACATE THE PREMISES (can any of you relate?)
Now you're probably wondering, since there is no clear cut answer (to use, or not to use essential oils) WHAT IN THE HECK DO I DO? The truth is, the answer is in your personal preference and a conversation with your physician.
Loil Life offers Organic Baby Powder, Organic Diaper Rash Cream, Organic Boobie Balm, + a scent free Lip Balm that are all essential oil free. If you're hesitant to use essential oils, these products provide you a worry free solution from birth. However, if you choose to use essential oils but want to avoid the ones listed above our Mint de Jour products contain peppermint + Lemon Drop products contain lemongrass - you can also view the list of oils in every item on our website listings.
Lastly, diluting essential oils during pregnancy and while nursing is important (less is more). What is a carrier oil? A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant (usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts). Coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, apricot oil, sunflower oil, and grapeseed oil are just a few options. However, there are some carrier oils that can cause more harm then good - sunflower oil has recently been studied alongside olive oil in children with eczema and it was found that sunflower oil can delay the development of the barrier that prevents water loss and protects against allergy and infection. So what are some alternative options? Apricot oil is among the number one choices for babies because it is extremely gentle on their skin + coconut oil contains anti-microbial properties so it is the number one contender for a diaper rash cream!
As always consult a physician before using essential oils during pregnancy, but plant based therapy has been a life changer for my family and I hope it can do the same for you <3
***Loil Life does not intend to diagnose, treat, or cure any ailments. All information in this post is based on personal research and experience. Please consult a physician before use of essential oils during pregnancy.