Essential Oils During Pregnancy: Safety and Benefits

Managing Pregnancy Discomfort and Unwanted Effects with Essential Oils: Tips and Techniques

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting periods in a woman’s life, filled with numerous changes, both physiological and related to emotional and psychological shifts.

It’s a natural cycle that can be navigated smoothly and harmoniously by preventing or addressing unwanted effects with the help of certain essential oils. Given the heightened sensitivity of pregnant women to aromas and their sensitive sense of smell, some favorite scents during this period might provoke intolerance. Considering this elevated olfactory activity, the purity, and quality of the used essential oils once again become of paramount importance. The use of low-quality oils with unclear origins can lead to unwanted reactions.

We remind you to refer to the article on the Safe Application of Essential Oils>.

There are essential oils that should unequivocally be avoided during the prenatal period. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy in the USA, in accordance with the guidelines of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists, the following essential oils should not be used during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding – see the list on the NAHA page>.

We offer you practical guidelines for managing common discomforts during the prenatal period with essential oils that can accompany you throughout your entire pregnancy.

Emotional Balance and Essential Oils

One of the most important things a pregnant woman should take care of is emotional comfort. Hormonal changes occurring in the early months of pregnancy make a woman emotionally unstable, prone to depressive states, irritability, sadness, or heightened emotions, which can also affect the baby. Aromatherapy supports maintaining emotional comfort – use suitable oils with aromas you enjoy and gently scent the rooms with an ultrasonic diffuser. This is a better option compared to strongly allergenic and irritating synthetic air fresheners, which it’s better to avoid.

Lavender Essential Oil

The aroma of lavender, with the longest list of therapeutic properties among essential oils, purifies and refreshes the air in the rooms, calms, and brings harmony to thoughts. It supports the body’s immunity in fighting viruses and microorganisms. It creates a sense of balance, allowing the woman to navigate through this period more calmly and fully.

Essential Oils for Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy

Physical discomforts during pregnancy can be quite unpleasant. One of them is nausea and vomiting, along with acidity in the first months. Here, peppermint essential oil can come to your aid. You can apply it as an aroma to inhale whenever you feel nauseous or experience vomiting. For this purpose, place one or two drops of the oil on a cotton pad and bring it close to your nose.

Peppermint essential oil has another application during pregnancy. It can be used to alleviate the uncomfortable swelling and heaviness in the legs, especially common during advanced pregnancy in the summer months. You can apply it in a cool water bath and add 2 to 3 drops of peppermint oil. Submerge your legs, possibly up to the calves, and you will immediately feel a pleasant cooling effect on your skin, subsequently reaching deeper into your blood and lymph vessels. The aromatic molecules from the water will uplift and refresh you.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil (Mentha Piperita) is renowned for its cooling and energizing effects. It has been used for centuries for digestive issues, stimulating and overall toning of the body, relieving fatigue and muscle pain, as well as alleviating symptoms of headaches and migraines.

How to Prevent Stretch Marks with Suitable Massage Oils During Pregnancy

Stretch marks are another concern that women should address during this phase of their lives. As the belly, breasts, and overall body expand, the skin starts to stretch, which can lead to the appearance of stretch marks. To alleviate this condition, we recommend:

Pregnancy Massage Oil Dodo Amarna

Dodo Amarna Body Oil contains natural CO2 extract of juniper, organic essential oils of mandarin and grapefruit, dissolved in a rich plant lipid complex. It is tailored to the delicate and sensitive skin during pregnancy. Its active, pure, and 100% natural ingredients promote regeneration and enhance skin hydration and elasticity, particularly in areas requiring special care.

The absence of synthetic ingredients in the oil’s formula ensures a healthy and effective 100% natural care for you and your baby:

-> Relieves discomfort, restores problematic skin areas.

-> Prevents the appearance of stretch marks, improves skin elasticity.

-> Combats dryness and cracking, regenerates and deeply moisturizes.

Face and body Oil “Sensual”

The face and body oil “Sensual” consists of 100% organic oils of ylang-ylang, vetiver, patchouli, and galbanum, which balance and harmonize the mind and body. It nourishes and regenerates the skin’s structure and provides a toning anti-aging effect.

-> Tones and activates fibroblasts to produce new collagen.

-> Hydrates and contributes to wrinkle smoothing.

-> Balances water content in the superficial layers and is suitable for all skin types.

-> Improves the condition of inflamed skin, acts on cracked and rough skin, soothes rashes and eczema.

-> Offers calming and relaxing properties, reduces stress, depression, anxiety, as well as physical and mental tension.

Apply your chosen product with gentle massage movements on all problematic areas. The gentle massage provides a sense of satisfaction and pleasure in taking care of yourself, which undoubtedly positively impacts the baby too.

Spots and Acne During Pregnancy – How to Deal with Completely Natural Cosmetics

Spots and acne are another unpleasant effect that sometimes accompanies pregnancy. It is primarily related to hormonal changes, so it’s important to support the skin to make it healthier and more resilient during this experience. We offer a solution to this issue with the following 100% natural products. Choose the one that suits your skin’s needs.

Zdravetz Essential Oil

The main component of Zdravetz essential oil is the terpene germacrone, which possesses powerful anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, insecticidal, and neuroprotective properties. It acts as an antioxidant and improves cellular regeneration. The azulene in the oil also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and soothing effects.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose oil has been known since ancient times for its calming, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating, and nourishing effects. Its gentle, fragrant aroma is a sensory delight and simultaneously reduces stress hormone levels.

See more about the Queen of Essential Oils – Rose – Aromatherapeutic Properties and Benefits>.

Zdravetz Face Fluid

Zdravetz Face Fluid is a 100% natural product for hydration, regeneration, and protection against aging. An effective organic cosmetic formula with CO2 extracts of zdravetz, rosehip fruit, and blue juniper.

Rosa Face Fluid

Rose Face Fluid contains entirely natural CO2 extracts of rose and rosehip. An active antioxidant complex rich in carotenes and unsaturated fatty acids for effective hydration and prevention against aging.

Linden Thermal Water

During warm summer days, you can include Linden Thermal Water in your skincare routine. It pleasantly cools, reduces facial puffiness, and hydrates simultaneously. It contains CO2 extract of linden with potent active effects:

-> Helps retain moisture in the skin and intensely hydrates.

-> Improves elasticity and smoothens the skin.

-> Aids in activating metabolic processes in the skin and reduces puffiness.

-> Diminishes under-eye bags and puffiness.

Calms the nervous system with the fresh and delicate scent of linden.

Relieving Lower Back Pain

Another unpleasant discomfort that is more characteristic of the later months of pregnancy is lower back pain and a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic region. A quite effective solution can be prenatal yoga, which helps release tension in the joints and stretches tight muscles and tendons. Another remedy, of course, is a back massage, especially focusing on the lower back. It can provide relief, especially during the most challenging final months. The strength of the massage depends on the pregnant woman’s sensations. You can perform it with lavender essential oil diluted in carrier oil. The most suitable carrier oils are 100% plant-based oils like coconut oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and others.

During pregnancy, oils for topical application have reduced concentration. It is recommended to use a 1% dilution. That is one milliliter of essential oil in 100 milliliters of carrier oil, which is approximately 22 to 25 drops of essential oil.

A massage done in the evening will soothe the pregnant woman and help improve sleep, which is very important in the final days of pregnancy. The massage could also aid in relieving tightness in the abdomen or other discomforts during the last months.

What You Need to Know About Using Essential Oils During Pregnancy – Let’s Summarize:

Aromatherapy with suitable essential oils, when applied correctly, can be a pleasant companion throughout your entire pregnancy, making this natural phase in a woman’s life even more exciting and enjoyable! However, don’t forget:

-> The quality of essential oils is extremely important – use certified organic products from reputable manufacturers.

-> Be cautious with quantities – if you’re not familiar with an oil, start with minimal doses in a diffuser or massage blend – a drop or two, gradually increasing to recommended doses.

-> Do not use essential oils internally, especially during the first trimester – there is still not enough scientific evidence to prove the complete safety of internal use for the baby.

-> If you generally use essential oils for various therapeutic purposes – don’t skip consulting your aromatherapist or doctor about their appropriate use.

Why Choose Ecomaat Products

At Ecomaat, we uncompromisingly ensure quality, strictly adhere to recommendations for concentrations of active components, and have the necessary certificates and analyses for each product batch. Our products contain only 100% natural and 100% certified organic ingredients, carefully and lovingly crafted. The quality and ingredients of the products you use are of paramount importance during this delicate and significant period of life, just as care and love are.

In case you have any questions about the products and how to use them – we will be happy to answer at  hello@ecomaat.eu or on our FB page.

Author: Yordanka Krachmarova