For some people it can be very hard to decide whether to use essential oils during pegnancy.
Dr. Lindsey Elmore, Young Living’s director of global education and health sciences. Drawing from her distinguished background as a pharmacist, Lindsey shares her advice for getting the most from essential oils during the tough, rewarding nine months of pregnancy. Check out what she and five new and expecting Young Living mothers want new mamas to know!
Dr. Lindsey Elmore
For some people it can be very hard to decide whether to use essential oils in pregnancy, and there are a
wide variety of opinions on the matter. It is important to discuss usage with a medical professional experienced with essential oils and to be judicious with their use.
Some women choose to avoid excessive use of a few specific oils:
Clary Sage or Sage
Idaho Tansy or Hyssop
Blends and supplements that contain these oils
However, there are no hard and fast rules. As with use in non-pregnant individuals, essential oil usage is individualized—just be sure you’re following label directions. Some of Young Living’s products are well loved and well tolerated by pregnant women and women who are lactating. Mild essential oils, such as Lavenderand Frankincense, may be used topically for healthy-looking skin during pregnancy.
If you have never used essential oils and are pregnant, please consult with your healthcare provider prior to use. I advise you to start low and go slow. Start with just a few drops of essential oils and diffuse in a large area. If you tolerate it well, you may consider applying essential oils to the skin after diluting in V-6™ Oil Complex or inhaling them directly from the bottle.
Mallory P., Young Living Education and Training Team
I experienced severe nausea for about the first 14 weeks of my pregnancy. It was mostly in the afternoon—I don’t know why they call it morning sickness—and would last all night. I had a lot of aversions to smells and different types of food, which made working in an environment that smells like essential oils difficult sometimes. I really tried to stick to using oils that are familiar and fresh. One that really didn’t bother me was Peppermint. I would just swallow a drop; it has a nice minty taste that is as pleasant as its smell. I also used DiGize™ on occasion after meals. I would just swallow a drop or add to a gel capsule and swallow with a little water. I also liked to diffuse Citrus Fresh™ and Lemongrass as well to help me feel invigorated.
I experienced fatigue and often found it difficult to complete daily tasks. I loved using oils and supplements to support my energy level. I felt like taking Lemon in my water really helped me feel refreshed. I take NingXia Red® on a daily basis, and that has really supported my overall energy. I also take MultiGreens™ every day and definitely feel a difference.
At night, I swear by Tranquil™ Roll-On because its relaxing smell helps me unwind like nothing else. I just roll it on the bottom of my feet each night. I will also take baths at night and put a few drops of Lavender and Frankincense in my bath water to help me unwind.
For me, something that really helped reduce the severity of morning sickness was exercise. I go to the gym at least 3–4 times a week, even if sometimes all I can manage is yoga or a walk. I am really trying to have a very fit and healthy pregnancy, so it’s important for me to have healthy options on hand at all times. I love to snack on the Slique™ Bars, pretzels, fruits, and veggies. This way I can avoid all of those pregnancy cravings for junk food. I also make a point to have some sort of protein in the morning—eggs, nuts, or our Pure Protein Complete™. It keeps me full, especially after a workout.
Hiromi H., Young Living Diamond
I haven’t avoided any specific essential oils during my pregnancy, but there are a few Young Living products I’ve found particularly useful. The fragrance of Sacred Frankincense™ helps comfort my spirit when I feel those ordinary anxieties and worries about pregnancy. It’s also a great addition to coconut oil or lotion to rub on my belly and hips to moisturize the growing skin.
I also love NingXia Red. It’s a healthy treat that also gives my body the nutrients it needs as it grows this new addition to my family. Other essential oil-infused supplements I’ve come to rely on are Essentializymes-4™, MultiGreens, and OmegaGize3.
Once I give birth, I plan to use Lavender, Frankincense, and Trauma Life™ on my baby right away. The calming aromas of these oils make them perfect for newborns and are great scents for a nursery!
Is your family expanding? What products and habits do you plan to use to stay comfortable during your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments!
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Apply 3‐5 drops of Peppermint, Ginger, or Fennel on abdomen or on the bottom of feet. Some may find relief simply by opening the bottle and inhaling for relief, or applying a small amount under the nose.
2 drops of Peppermint to a shot glass of almond milk for instant relief of heartburn!
Another option, if you can tolerate it, is to add three drops of Peppermint essential oil in a glass of water and sip throughout the day.
Massage Lavender, Sandalwood or Ginger combined with fractionated coconut oil onto abdomen.
Put 3‐5 drops of Fennel, Ginger or Peppermint into a capsule
1 to 2 drops each Ginger and Lemon, mixed into water with honey or stevia.
Peppermint: a drop under the tongue, rubbed on abdomen or rubbed on the bottoms of your feet.
Put 3 drops of Grapefruit or Peppermint essential oil into a diffuser by your bed. You may find that waking up to these scents helps reduce nausea
Combine 4 drops each Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense, and liquid from 6 Vitamin E capsules in an ounce of organic coconut oil, store in a small jar. Massage over abdomen, breasts & thighs every morning and night after the first trimester.
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