Aromatherapy is known for being an alternative treatment to a lot of common minor illnesses by using essential oils. Unlike modern medicine, volatile oils are believed to be very effective and have almost no side effects. But then, aromatherapy has some restrictions that are not mentioned in the package when you buy essential oils.
One of the contraindications is when pregnant women should use volatile oils in aromatherapy or not. It is important that you know the right essential oils to use if you are pregnant.
There are debts and different opinions as to whether aromatherapy is really safe for pregnant women or not. Here, we will attempt to discuss a fair explanation on this issue.
By principle, aromatherapy is done by combining volatile oils and base oils. This mixture is the one being used for massaging or in massage diffusers with water so that the patient will fully utilized the aroma. Essential oils are concentration that are removed from various parts of plant, including roots, leaves, seeds, barks, flowers, and fruits. These concentration extracts can be very strong and can cause harm when used directly. Base oils or carrier oils add their own therapeutic properties to the properties of the essential oils to maximize the evaporation of on aroma.
Most aromatherapists do not agree that pregnant women should undergo aromatherapy in the first three months of their pregnancy. This is because their body is different to different factors during that period. Neverheless, there are a group of essential oils that pregnant women should never use until they give birth.
Essential oils that pregnant women should not use at all:
The volatile oils that should not be used when pregnant are known to have harsh side effects that can cause bleeding and miscarriages. These volatile oils can easily be absorbed by the skin, which can adversely affect different body organs of a pregnant woman. The list below may not be complete, but basically, these are some of the volatile oils you should not use if you are pregnant.
Anise, Bay, Basil, Bay laurel, Birch, Black pepper, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Clary sage, Citronella, Juniper, Lemon, Lovage, Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Oregano, Peppermint, Sage, Sweet fennel, and Thyme .
Essential oils that pregnant women can use:
Chamomile, Grapefruit, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Tangerine, Orange, Rose, and Ylang Ylang
Here are some important tips for women who may want to undergo aromatherapy, either they are pregnant or have just given birth.
- Be cautious when using volatile oils, even if they are identified as safe.
- If possible, use a diffuser. Use only the mild types of essential oils.
- If you are into breastfeeding feeding, be sure that you do not apply any essential oils on your nipples or even near them. Otherwise, baby might inhale them.
- Before you let your baby undergo aromatherapy, ask a doctor or aromatherapist to know the right volatile oils to be used. While massaging your baby with essential oils, never apply them on his sensitive parts such as face, hands, feet, and genitals.
- If your child is sick, never consider aromatherapy to treat him; consult your doctor, instead.
- If you are sick, do not consider aromatherapy to cure yourself. Although aromatherapy mainly helps to relieve stress, and there is no evidence that it actually damages more serious medical conditions.
- If you are sick do not use aromatherapy as the primary form of treatment. Aromatherapy may be used as stress reliever; there is still no scientific evidence that it really cure serious illnesses.