The formulations I create are safe for most stages of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Go to the product page to see the details on the individual creations. Most products will have an alternative if the original solution is not safe for some stages of pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If you are looking for a product to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding, please contact me by email or phone to discuss the possibilities for a customized solution.
There are a few essential oils that you should avoid during pregnancy, and/or breastfeeding. It is known that constituents can cross the placenta. Research continues to see how much impact essential oils have on your growing baby or to see if there is no impact.
This is why it is important to avoid ingestion of essential oils during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is also important to know which oils are safe or not during this delicate time.
Diffusing essential oils is the safer option during pregnancy/breastfeeding. Also, during pregnancy, your sense of smell is heightened. If before pregnancy you were used to putting in a certain number of drops in your diffuser, rethink that amount if you are finding now you are getting headaches during the time your diffuser is on. Try cutting the number of drops in half to see if that helps the situation.
As new research emerges, I will continue to update this section on any new information about pregnancy and breastfeeding impacts.
This kind of falls under pregnancy/breastfeeding, newborns. For aromatherapy use for newborns, stick to hydrosols. They are water-based and very gentle. There are some things I use hydrosols for vs essential oils even as an adult. Things I like to use hydrosols for areas like the face or the genital regions.
According to The Essential Oil Safety Book by Tisserand and Young, the essential oils that should be avoided by any route (even diffusing) throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding are the following (for now I am listing only the essential oils that I currently use/future planned use):
Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Blue Cypress (Callitris intratropica)
Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulagre)
Ho Wood/Leaf (Cinnamomum camphora)
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Parsley Leaf or Seed (Petroslinum sativum)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria fragrantissima)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
According to Robert Tisserand, the camphor content is not high enough to be contraindicated during pregnancy. As an extra safety precaution, however, you may choose to avoid Rosemary ct. camphor during pregnancy. The camphor in this chemotype is at 21.74%.
There is a safer Rosemary with a lower camphor content for use. It is Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone with camphor at 14.88%.
Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
Non-toxic. According to the Tisserand/Young Essential Oil Safety book, there are no hazards or contraindications to this species of essential I am using. There are many sources that tell us to avoid Cedarwood oil during pregnancy. In one of my aromatherapy school books, even states to avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There is no research that I am aware of at the moment to support this claim with the following species of cedarwood: Cedrus atlantica, Cedrus deodara, or Juniperus virginiana. The existing uncertainty could be the many different types of cedarwood trees out there.
I am putting this information out there for you to make an informed decision for yourself for the honorable mention essential oils.
Most of the formulations I create are for adults or children over the age of 10. I do have kid's formulations. They will indicate as "Kid Safe" along with the ages within the product description on my website. Always as a precaution, keep out of the reach of children. There are some formulations that could be used on older children. Go to the product page to see details on the individual creations pertaining to use on children.
If you are looking for a product to use on a child, and you do not see an option listed, please contact me by email or phone for a customized product.