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Essential Oils & Pregnancy

There is a lot of information (and controversy) around in books and on the internet in regards to essential oils and which ones are and aren't safe to use.
One must remember that essential oils are absorbed into the blood stream, and therefore into the organs, and in some studies with animals have shown that they can cross over into the placenta.

Here is my recommended list based on 20+ years of experience and knowledge.


Not Recommended
Angelica - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Aniseed - oestrogenic activity
Basil - oestrogenic activity
Cedarwood - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Clary Sage - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Cypress - not recommended during the first trimester or if there is a history of miscarriages/still births
Fennel - oestrogenic activity
Hyssop - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Lavender - not recommended during the first trimester or if there is a history of miscarriages/still births
Sweet Marjoram - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Mugwort - will induce an abortion
Myrrh - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Parsley Seed - will induce an abortion
Pennyroyal - will induce an abortion
Peppermint - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Rose - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Rosemary - can stimulate contractions (emmanagogue)
Rue - will induce an abortion
Sage - oestrogenic activity
Sassafras - will induce an abortion
Savin - will induce an abortion
Tansy - will induce an abortion
Thuja - will induce an abortion
Wormwood - will induce an abortion


Safe
Bay, Laurel & West Indian
Benzoin
Bergamot
Black Pepper
Cajeput
Cardamom
Carrot Seed
Chamomile, German & Roman
Citronella
Clove
Elemi
Eucalyptus
Everlasting/Immortelle
Fir
Frankincense
Galbanum
Geranium
Ginger
Grapefruit
Ho Wood
Jasmine
Kanuka
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lime
Mandarin
Manuka
May Chang/Litsea cubeba
Melissa
Myrtle
Neroli
Niaouli
Nutmeg
Orange, Sweet
Palmarosa
Patchouli
Petitgrain
Pine
Ravensara
Rock Rose
Rosewood
Sandalwood
Spearmint
Spikenard
Tangerine
Tea Tree
Thyme
Vetiver
Yarrow
Ylang Ylang

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