essential oils // and pregnancy

When I was pregnant with Porter, I followed every single "rule" out there. I didn't eat lunch meat or hot dogs or soft cheeses and even stopped having my morning cup of coffee *gasp*. I slept on my left side and freaked out if I woke up on my right. And I never used or ingested anything that said "if pregnant, consult with physician." Heck, I was even scared to squirt a little saline nose spray up my nostril when I had a bad cold. I mean, IT'S WATER AND SALT. But you guys, I was extra, extra cautious with Porter being my first. And I think that's totally okay. You have to go with what your gut tells you. My gut with Porter said to be extra cautious. But now? With this pregnancy? Now I tend to sneak in a hot dog or two and I never ever skip my morning cup of joe. I always start off sleeping on my right side because that's what feels comfortable to me (sorry baby). I have also continued to use essential oils with this pregnancy and have felt completely comfortable doing so. But again, it is truly a personal choice. I'll let you know if this baby comes out with 29 toes.

So here's the scoop with essential oils and pregnancy. I always recommend using oils from a reputable company like Young Living. And even then, almost every bottle of essential oil will still say on the label "if pregnant, consult with physician ...". As I'm sure you know, most everything out there does say that now because everyone is protecting their rear ends. I mean, rear ends are very important these days, so I hear. Although most people will agree that most essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy ... the following oils have been mentioned as oils to avoid during pregnancy:

Cinnamon bark
Idaho Tansy
Lavandin (not to be mistaken with Lavender, Lavender is safe)

Now let's talk about my favorite 11 oils because I know a lot of people already have a starter kit containing these 11 everyday oils. First off, none of the single oils provided in the starter kit are from the "cautionary list" above. So you don't have to worry about those unless you're scared of putting salt and water up your nose like I was. Then you might just choose to stay clear of everything. So the following single oils from the starter kit are said to be safe to use during pregnancy:

1. Lavender
2. Lemon
3. Peppermint
4. Frankincense
5. Copaiba

Now let's talk about the oil blends. The blends included in the starter kit are the following:

6. Thieves - clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary cineol
7. Purification - citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, lavandin, myrtle
8. Panaway - wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, peppermint
9. RC - eucalyptus, myrtle, pine, marjoram, eucalyptus radiata, eucalyptus citriodora, lavender, cypress, tsuga, peppermint
10. DiGize - tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, patchouli
11. Stress Away - copaiba, lime, cedarwood, ocotea, lavender, vanilla (fruit extract)

Above I included the single oils that make up each of the blends and also red-flagged any oils that are included in the "cautionary oil list" mentioned above. Keep in mind that there is a fairly small amount of this oil in each blend, and then if you dilute the essential oil blend with a carrier oil, as we do in our family, there's even less of the cautionary oil going onto your body. I personally have used diluted Thieves, Panaway and DiGize during this pregnancy and have felt completely safe doing so. But again, do what you feel is right. Do what you think is safe based on the research you've done and what you and your doctor decide on. Now go forth and grow those healthy babies!

P.S. If you have an oil blend that is not part of the 11 everyday oils that I listed above and want to know if it is safe to use during pregnancy, you can use your reference guide to look up the oil blend to see what different oils it contains. Or just shoot me an email and I'll let you know. :)

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