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I'm Pregnant! Can I use essential oils?

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I'm Pregnant!  Can I use essential oils?

So you can't eat soft cheese, salmon's off the menu, your wine's been taken away, what about your essential oils?

I've got some good news!  Soon you'll able to use your oils again!

Let's take one step back though and talk pre-pregnancy.  If you're trying to conceive now is the time to re-consider the essential oils you are using as some can be embryotoxic, (toxic to growing baby) and even cause miscarriage.  

These oils include:
Cinnamon Bark 

Whilst oils are best avoided during your first trimester, beyond that, essential oils can be very supportive during your pregnancy.  Since you're growing a new human though it is important to remember that everything that enters your system will enter bubs too.  

We do recommend using less essential oils overall during pregnancy.  Use them as you need them.  A little lavender when you can't sleep, a Kunzea and Copaiba back massage to ease pain is perfect.

According to Tisserand & Young the following essential oils are best avoided at any time throughout pregnancy & breastfeeding:

Aniseed, Star Anise, Aniseed Myrtle, Sweet Birch, Carrot Seed, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Costus, Blue Cypress, Dill Seed, Sweet Fennel, Bitter Fennel, Ho Leaf, Spanish Lavender, Mugwort, Myrrh, Oregano, Parsley Leaf, Parsley Seed, Pennyroyal, Rue, Dalmatian Sage, Spanish Sage, Savin, Tansy, Thuja, Wintergreen, Wormwood.

Now, it's probably unlikely you have any of these oils sitting around as individual oils.  But it's very likely some of these are in blends you may have, particularly Immune blends (thieves, on-guard etc), digestive blends & muscle relaxation blends (like Ice-Blue).

Above all, listen to your body and enjoy your pregnancy.  Your little person will be here in no time.

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