Pregnancy and Essential Oils

Essential oils may have the ability to affect a sensitive growing fetus or initiate contractions of the uterus. They should be used with caution, and always diluted to mild doses. Although most of our products are made using a low concentration of essential oils, we still err on the side of caution, as skin sensitivities can change during a pregnancy.

The leading experts in Essential Oil Safety state that: “only massive quantities of relatively toxic essential oils (none that we use) are documented to be able to induce abortion. Almost all alleged emmenagogic or uterine stimulant essential oils are not documented (have no basis) to have such an effect or if they do it is not powerful enough to cause miscarriage” (Tisserand & Young, 2014).

For ALL leave-on products (not rinsed off, as with soaps) you should consult your health care provider. Some products may be best used after the first trimester, such as bath salts, bath bomb, body and massage oils if used in high frequency.

Generally Regarded as Safe During Pregnancy: (when diluted)

Amyris, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Cardamom, Chamomile (German), Coriander, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Fir, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin-Red, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Tea-Tree, Ylang Ylang.

Limit or Consult Your Health Care Practitioner for Regular Usage During Pregnancy:

Possible Irritant, Emmenagogue

Anise (Star), Arnica, Basil, Birch, (Sweet) Black Pepper, Camphor, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Chamomile (Roman), Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Citronella, Clary Sage, Comfrey, Coriander, Cypress, Fennel, Fir Needle, Frankincense, Ginger, Ginseng, Ho Wood, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender (Spanish), Lemongrass, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Spearmint, Sweet Birch, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme-Red, Vetiver Root, Wintergreen.

Most products we sell are considered safe for use during pregnancy and lactation, with a few exceptions below:

Leave-on products with cinnamon bark essential oil

Hydrating outdoor spray and butter

Men's line scent (Deodorant and body wash)

Kid's line products

Lemongrass Body Butter

Cuticle Butter

Aromatherapy Sticks (Relax, tension relief and revive)

Aromatherapy Misters (Relax, revive)

The other Aromatherapy Misters may be used in moderation as an occasional room spray only. Not for topical use. Consult your health care provider if longer intensive usage desired.