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Moms and health professionals alike have concerns about the safety of using essential oils while being pregnant. Essential oils have been used since Egyptian and biblical times-more than 3,000 years ago. Today we know more about the chemical constituents and the safety of oils. There is no one single consensus on how much oil should be used so as to not reach a toxic level.

According to Tisseran and Balacs, crossing the placenta does not necessarily mean there is a risk of toxicity to the fetus.1 A woman would have to use large doses of certain oils such as penny royal or parsley seed if one were attempting to abort a fetus.

There are many essential oils that currently appear to be safe during pregnancy, even though there are no long term studies. The following oils can be used diluted with a carrier oil topically: benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile (German & Roman), clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, fankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, junikper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram(sweet), neroli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, orange(sweet), tea tree & ylang ylang.2


1) To relieve nausea: Lavender, chamomile, peppermint or ginger. Apply with a carrier oil such as basal, jojoba or almond on acupressure points on the skin-Stomach 36 and Pericardim 6. You can also sniff directly from the bottle or on a cotton ball (a drop or two).

2) To sooth muscle aches: Lavender, ylang-ylang, ginger, chamomile, frankincense. Add a total of 12 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of a base oil as mentioned above.

3) To treat hemorrohoids: Tea tree, cypress, geranium, lavender. Blend together all three essential oils (for a total of 8 drops altogether) and add the mix to 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel; apply the concoction directly onto the affected area with a cotton ball or tissue.

4) To improve sleep: Lavender, ylang-ylang, mandarin, frankincense. “Add a total of 12 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of distilled water in a spray-mist bottle, and mist pillows before bed. Use on acupressure points Yin Tang and Kidney 1.

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Please contact your holistic practitioner for more information.

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Sharon McDermott

Sharon McDermott, L.Ac., owner of Healthy Healing, specializes in infertility, stress and pain relief. Ms. McDermott creates individualized acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas to address your needs. Healthy Healing is conveniently located in Westbury, Long Island in the heart of Nassau County.

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