I love essential oils. Who doesn't love the organic fragrance of natural plant extracts? However, I began limiting them in my massage practice due to the number of pregnant women who receive treatment at my office. Here are a list of essential oils that are safe to use during pregnancy.
Bergamot - Use only in late pregnancy. Avoid direct sunlight. Eases depression, reduces stress, and enhances sleep.
Cypress - Use diluted only. Enhances circulation and relieves tension.
Geranium - Use only in late pregnancy. Improves circulation and respiration and relieves anxiety, stress, and depression.
Grapefruit - Avoid direct sunlight. Helps remove excess fluid and treats depression and stress.
Juniper - Use only in late pregnancy. Avoid use with high blood pressure. Relieves muscle soreness, anxiety, and stress.
Lavender - Use only in late pregnancy - lavender treats emotional imbalance and stress. Also provides muscle pain relief.
Lemon - Use only when highly diluted. Avoid direct sunlight. May irritate sensitive skin, but enhances digestion and circulation, relieves nausea, and promotes mental clarity.
Madarin - treats stretch marks and enhances digestion and circulation
Neroli (Orange Blossom) - nourishes skin, heals scars and stretch marks, and has anti-anxiety properties.
Orange (sweet) - increases circulation, relieves stress and tension, and is uplifting.
Peppermint - Use in late pregnancy only. Avoid with high blood pressure. Must be diluted. Treats nausea, joint and muscle pain, eases mild depression, and makes an excellent foot massage lotion.
Roman Chamomile - Use in late pregnancy only. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and treats tension, headaches, migraines, and insomnia.
Rose - Use after 2nd trimmester - the “Queen of Essential Oils”. Used for skin care, treats grief or a broken heart and relieves stress, anxiety, and depression.
Rosewood - Rosewood is good for scars and wrinkles and is uplifting.
Spearmint - Use only in late pregnancy - eases headaches, relieves depression, and is calming.
As always, if you have any concerns, check with your doctor or midwife before introducing essential oils into your pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum experience. http://www.treeoflifemassage.com