What essential oils should you avoid during pregnancy?
When we use essential oils, safety should ALWAYS be of top priority, so I wanted to provide you with some specific safety information on essentials and pregnancy, since there are about 50 essential oils that you should be cautious around and about 15 that you should completely avoid during pregnancy and during times of lactation, if you are planning to breastfeed.
Dilution for topical use, for essential oils that are considered “safe” during pregnancy:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to dilute your essential oils to a 1% concentration, and nothing higher.
Here are some quick suggestions and safety guidelines on essential oils to avoid during pregnancy:
References: The info that follows has been taken from the research book entitled “Essential Oil Safety, by: Tisserand and Young, charts page 152-153 and page 156).
Essential oils to absolutely, positively restrict and avoid, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding:
The italicized text is the specific species and Latin Name of plant that should be avoided, (not all essential oils purchased are extracted from the same plant species, which is what you want to pay extra attention to) and this information should always be displayed on your essential oil bottle. *Alsways check the ingredients of your oil blends! *This list may not be complete, so please follow up with your healthcare professional, to ensure the essential oils you are planning to you, are in deep safe.
- Black Seed
- Carrot Seed
- Cinnamon Bark
- Blue Cypress (Callitrus Intraopica)
- Ho Leaf (Cinnamon Camphora ct. Camphor)
- Hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis ct. Pinicamphone)
- Spanish Lavender (Lavendula Stoechas)
- Sage (Salvia Officinalis, Salvia Lavandulifolia)