Can I use essential oils?


I use a lot of essential oils – Frankincense burning in the living room; Lavender oil neat on burns or on my pillow to relax; Tea Tree and Eucalyptus in hot water during a steamy shower when I have a cold… But once pregnant, I was warned against using any at all. Not worth the risk, I was told. Is that another old wives’ tale, or should we really avoid aromatherapy during pregnancy? I asked Amanda Lacey – legendary facialist, aromatherapy expert and Gwyneth’s favourite – for a definitive answer: are essential oils safe?


“Don’t use any essential oils in your first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and always avoid the following: Rosemary, Basil, Cedarwood, Glove, Fennel, Thyme, Parsley, Cinnamon, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Cypress, Juniper.”


“After week 12, several oils can be hugely beneficial. Lavender blended into a base oil and massaged into the skin can induce sleep; ease headaches, and also hydrates the skin beautifully. Organic Persian Rose Oil is also hugely hydrating. For morning sickness try Lemon Oil as an inhalant, sprinkled on your pillow. Neroli is another great soother of aches and pains, as well as depression. Chamomile tackles muscle pain and indigestion, Grapefruit’s excellent for water retention, and Eucalyptus helps ease coughs and colds.”

PBG PRODUCT TIP: I love Amanda’s Oils of Provence Face Oil  £88 – light, soothing and relaxing for post-week-12 facial massage.


7 thoughts on “Can I use essential oils?

  1. Sasha @ The Happy Baby Blog

    I am 31 weeks and loving lavender oil – I burn it before bed in a Muji diffuser and put droplets on a hanky to breathe when doing hypno birthing or trying to sleep. Also getting preggie massages with rosehip and lavender, apparently amazing for tight muscles. My active birth yoga teacher swears breathing it on a tissue will help get you through labour. I’ll let you know how that works out 🙂

    Sasha @ The Happy Baby Project

    • gracetimothy

      Please do, am intrigued about what products might help you through. I didn’t have time to use anything at all, but I had packed Lavender Oil simply to make the hospital room smell nicer! Will be posting on the perfect hospital bag soon. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  2. Martine Vides

    Related to increased estrogen levels, a similar form of nausea is also seen in some women who use hormonal contraception or hormone replacement therapy. The nausea can be mild or induce actual vomiting, however, not severe enough to cause metabolic derangement. In more severe cases, vomiting may cause dehydration, weight loss, alkalosis and hypokalemia. This condition is known as hyperemesis gravidarum and occurs in about 1% of all pregnancies. Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy (counting gestational age from 14 days before conception)…’*,

    Warm regards <http://healthmedicinebook.comwb

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