Essential Oils and Pregnancy


What to Use and What Not to Use When Pregnant

​While essential oils have amazing healing properties and provide a natural remedy option, there are some that should be avoided during pregnancy, when nursing, and with infants and young children. They can interfere with hormones, negatively affect your gut, and cause other health concerns. Reference this graphic to make sure you are aware of what to avoid.

In addition to being aware of which essential oils to avoid during pregnancy and with young children, there are certain oils that cause photosensitivity and can cause miscarriage. Inform yourself or bookmark this page for easy reference at any time.

These oils are not safe during pregnancy because of an abortifacient property which can cause miscarriage: mugwort, parsley seed, pennyroyal, rue, sage, sassafras, savin, tansy, thuja and wormwood. These oils also have strong emmenagogues (a fancy word for substances) that can cause severe bleeding. Additional essential oils with these strong properties are: angelica, cinnamon, clary sage, fennel, german chamomile, roman chamomile, ginger, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, nutmeg, peppermint, rose, and rosemary. While these won’t directly cause a miscarriage, they will stimulate menses, which is why they should be avoided.

Additional essential oils and plants to be aware of are those with photosensitivity properties. These include: angelica, anise, bergamot, celery, cumin, dill, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, lemon verbena, lime, mandarin orange, orange, parsnips, tagetes, tangerine, and yuzu. Take caution when pregnant, as skin is more susceptible to the sun and photosensitivity, resulting in hyperpigmentation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please always check with your healthcare provider before using any essential oils.

Sources:

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide, by Thomas Easley

Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing, by Althea Press

Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Althea Press

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