Essential oils for pregnant women

We hear so often "never use essential oils for pregnant women"... This sentence really needs to be qualified. Aromatherapy can indeed be dangerous during pregnancy, this very special period in the life of many women. And it is strongly advised not to use essential oils before the first three months of pregnancy, simply to avoid poisoning the fetus. But once this period is over, essential oils can become your best friends and, if used sensibly and sparingly, will even allow you to have a very pleasant pregnancy.

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General precautions for the use of essential oils during pregnancy

Pregnancy is full of emotions and questions, and you need to pay more attention than ever to your health, your morale and your well-being. During this time, take care of your body, and that of your expected baby, with the benefits of essential oils. But be careful, some precautions are not to be neglected:

For problems involving fever (flu, ear infection, strep throat, bronchitis if accompanied by fever), urinary tract infection, intense headache, or persistent or unusual headache, abdominal pain, or repeated vomiting, see your primary care physician immediately to rule out an emergency,

  • Do not use essential oils during the first 3 months of pregnancy unless advised by your doctor, caution is the rule
  • Do not use essential oils rich in ketones during the entire period of pregnancy by mouth, without medical advice
  • Give preference to the cutaneous route, limited to local and temporary treatment, avoiding the abdominal belt and areas close to the baby
  • Refer to the advice pages of the site to respect the specific advice of use of each essential oil
  • Do not apply essential oils to your skin before sun exposure

Essential oils authorized during pregnancy

from the 4th month of pregnancy

Without medical advice

  • Roman chamomile,
  • Cardamom,
  • Lemon,
  • Lemon Eucalyptus,
  • Eucalyptus radiata,
  • Rose Geranium,
  • Fragrant inula,
  • Noble laurel,
  • True Lavender,
  • Fine Lavender,
  • Lavandin super,
  • Green tangerine,
  • Marjoram with shells,
  • Neroli,
  • Small bigarade seed,
  • Ravintsara,
  • Saro,
  • Tea tree,
  • Thujanol Thyme
  • Fragrant verbena.

With medical advice

  • Basil,
  • Chamomile matricaria,
  • Cistus,
  • Cypress of Provence,
  • Black spruce,
  • Fragrant Gaultheria,
  • Ginger,
  • Lavender aspic,
  • Pistachio mastic,
  • Field mint,
  • Niaouli,
  • Rosemary verbenone,
  • Annual tansy,
  • Savory leaf thyme.

Essential oils prohibited for pregnant women during the entire pregnancy period

Some of our essential oils are prohibited in ingestion and by cutaneous way during the whole pregnancy:

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