Essential Oils to avoid during Pregnancy

Certain essential oils have been determined to be unsafe for use during pregnancy and lactation, via ALL ROUTES (i.e. diffusion, topical, ingestion). This is because their chemical makeup contains specific chemical constituents that can cross the placenta and become toxic to the fetus or can trigger contractions and miscarriage. 

The following list contains oils that should be avoided during pregnancy:

  • Basil
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Clary sage (OK during labour)
  • Clove
  • Cypress (OK after 5 months)
  • Fennel
  • Hyssop
  • Jasmine (OK during labour)
  • Juniper
  • Lemongrass
  • Myrrh
  • Parsley
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Thyme

Note: Since it would be highly unethical to test on pregnant women, the list of essential oils to avoid during pregnancy is based on knowledge of the general properties of each essential oil. For obvious reasons, it is recommended to avoid essential oils which are known to thin the blood or cause cramping or contractions. Used under proper dilution, most of these oils should not cause any problems during a healthy pregnancy, but it is always best to err on the side of caution.

 

Our product range contains very low concentrations of essential oils (less than 0.1%) that have been found to be safe during pregnancy and lactation such as Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Grapefruit and Lemon oil.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions or queries please feel free to leave a comment below. For more tips and advice on maternity skin care check out the Expert Advice section of the Natralogic website.

All the best

Lauren Lamont - Natralogic Founder
MSc Chemistry, Dip.Cos.Sci (SA)

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