When you discover you’re pregnant, whether you’re a first-time mom or a kid-raising veteran, your mind switches into hyperdrive. You think about all the happy moments that are to come, but unfortunately, you also consider everything that could go wrong. If aromatherapy is a part of your daily life, as it is for many women all over the world, you may want to consider which essential oils will remain a part of your routine while you are pregnant and when you are breastfeeding.
Generally, it is best to start using essential oils once you are in the second trimester. Here are a few other considerations as you prepare to incorporate aromatherapy into your pregnancy.
Aromatherapy Oils Considered Safe to Use During Pregnancy
Many aromatherapy practitioners believe if there have been no issues in your pregnancy, there are many oils that are perfectly okay to use throughout its course. There are some precautions you can take for peace of mind. For example, only use one or two drops of essential oil in your diffuser at a time and try to switch up the oils you use regularly.
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to improve wellbeing, including during pregnancy and child-rearing. For instance, Clary Sage oil is often used by trained midwives and doulas to help promote swift labour when a mother is overdue.
Aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular, which means there are more resources than ever available for moms-to-be. Our list will offer information about different essential oils used in aromatherapy, in pregnancy and beyond.
- Citrus oils such as orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, and lime are an excellent way to boost your mood. Citrus is a great way to get rid of the odours that you may become sensitive to during pregnancy. Citrus essential oils have been known to ease the irritability you sometimes experience while pregnant. They can also be helpful postpartum when you are running on minimal sleep.
- Peppermint essential oil can ease seasonal allergies, improve energy, and provide relief from sinusitis. Pregnant women often feel tired and sometimes a little pick-me-up is all you need to get through the day. Being tired postpartum is a fact of life, but with the help of peppermint oil, you may be able to stay awake longer than you thought.
- Chamomile is a natural antidepressant aid that helps to keep negative thoughts at bay. For those who suffer from headaches, chamomile oil can provide relief. Using this oil in a diffuser can help unclog a blocked nose and aid in decongestion.
- Ylang Ylang’s exotic and clean yet complex scent can act as a mild sedative to relieve stress, anxiety, and anger. There is also the benefit of ylang ylang’s properties as a health booster, which assists the nervous system in repairing damage and reducing stress on your nerves.
Bergamot oil’s flavonoids can help you relax. This oil can soothe your nerves and reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety with its incredible citrus fragrance complemented by a spicy floral scent. A scent that’s both spicy and sweet makes this choice perfect for blending with other aromas so you can create your own complex, beautiful scents.
For Boosting Your Mood
- Frankincense has an incredible history spanning over 5000 years. People in East Africa have been producing the oil for centuries. It can help to reduce stress and negative emotions, it can boost your immune system, and it may also aid in combatting some types of harmful bacteria. In ancient Egypt, users chose frankincense as perfume before bathing daily was possible. Users even mixed the ash from burnt frankincense into eyeshadow.
- Black Pepper oil is a strong, spicy-smelling essential oil which is immediately recognisable to anyone who has ever eaten pepper. Its spicy-sweetness can help to relieve pain and lower blood pressure. It can even ease cigarette cravings, which can be a blessing to a future mother quitting smoking for the health of her baby. This special essential oil is extracted from sun-dried peppercorns through steam distillation.
For Well Being
- Eucalyptus oil boasts many benefits, among them anti-inflammatory, decongestant, and insecticidal properties. AromaTech’s oils are 100% naturally-sourced and pure for the best aromatherapy experience you can get.
- Spearmint oil is steam-distilled. Use it in aromatherapy to help alleviate fatigue, headaches, migraines, stress, and digestive problems.
AromaTech’s scent machines use a cutting-edge technology called cold air diffusion. This method ensures the integrity of your favourite scent remains unchanged. Rather than using less effective methods of essential oil evaporation, our diffusers process cold filtered air which diffuses the scent into a dry mist. This process results in subtle, enjoyable fragrances that can enchant your entire home without ever becoming overpowering.
Oils Best Avoided by Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers
We advise that you generally steer clear of these essential oils while you are pregnant:
- Nutmeg can be a poor match for some pain-relieving drugs while you are in labour, and can have mild hallucinogenic effects pregnant women feel more strongly.
- Rosemary and Jasmine can sometimes increase blood pressure, which may be a poor match for contractions.
- Juniper Berry can affect your kidneys. While as adults our kidneys are used to dealing with mild irritation, your baby is not quite as equipped to handle the same mild effect.
Moms can find plenty of choices when they plan to incorporate aromatherapy into a healthy pregnancy. AromaTech oils are not meant for topical use—instead, we recommend using them in one of AromaTech’s diffusers which make use of cold air diffusion, using no heat so there is no risk of burning your oils.
As a mother, your baby’s health is your number-one concern, but taking care of yourself is also very important. Aromatherapy has extensive benefits and may be just what you need for that essential self-care.