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Essential Oils and Pregnancy

9 July, 2010 (07:05) | Essential Oils | By: admin

The skin becomes more permeable and sensitive during pregnancy. During the therapeutic application of blended essential oils, tiny molecules of essential oil permeate the skin thus allowing essential oils into the blood stream and other tissue fluids, consequently essential oils are able to cross the placental barrier. It should be pointed out that there is no evidence to suggest that unborn babies have been harmed as a result of their mothers using essential oils during pregnancy.

Nevertheless there are a number of essential oils that stimulate menstruation during the first trimester. In reality a woman would need to apply a very high concentration of essential oils to cause miscarriage or toxicity, certainly far more than is used in the therapeutic application of blended essential oils. However it is always best to err on the side of caution. If you are at all concerned about using essential oils or have a history of miscarriage it is best to avoid using essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy.

As skin sensitivity is increased during pregnancy it is advisable to complete a skin test before using any product containing essential oils. Let us know if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant as we recommend using a lower dilution of essential oils in therapeutic applicaton and will blend products accordingly.  There are several essential oils that can help with itchy skin, restless legs and prevent stretch marks, all of which are common during pregnancy.

LIST A: Oils to use with safety during the whole pregnancy

  • Benzoin
  • Bergamot
  • Bitter Orange
  • Black Pepper
  • Cedarwood
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Petitgrain
  • Pine
  • Ravensara
  • Rose geranium
  • Rose Otto
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang

LIST B: Oils which have very mild diuretic or emmenagoguic properties but are never the less considered safe to use during the whole pregnancy dependant upon client history.

  • Chamomile German
  • Chamomile Moroccan
  • Chamomile Roman
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram Sweet
  • Marjoram (Spanish)
  • Thyme Sweet
  • True Melissa

LIST C: Oils which are safe to use during the second half of the pregnancy

  • Basil
  • Cajuput
  • Clary Sage
  • Cypress
  • Myrhh
  • Niaouli
  • Rosemary

Unless recommended by an aromatherapist, it is best during pregnancy not to use any unknown oils or any not mentioned in lists A, B and C.

LIST D: These oils contain ketones or phenols and, although they have not been proved to be dangerous at the low levels always recommended for aromatherapy, they are best used only by therapists at this time. They should be treated with the greatest respect at all times.

  • Angelica
  • Aniseed
  • Basil
  • Camphor
  • Caraway
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Fennel (Sweet)
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper
  • Lemongrass
  • Nutmeg
  • Origanum
  • Parsley
  • Pennyroyal
  • Savory
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme (Red)

Essential Oil Safety

7 July, 2010 (06:52) | Essential Oils | By: admin

  • Essential oils and essential oil products must always be used as directed by your professional aromatherapist.
  • Never use any essential oils in the first trimester of pregnancy without advice form a professional aromatherapist.
  • If you suffer from epilepsy avoid essential oils of Basil, Camphor, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Hyssop, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.
  • If you suffer from kidney problems avoid essential oil of Juniper Berry.
  • If you suffer from low blood pressure avoid essential oils of Lavender, May Chang, Sweet Marjoram.
  • If you suffer from high blood pressure avoid using Rosemary, Thyme.
  • If you have had ovarian, uterine or breast cancer AND are receiving HRT avoid using Fennel, Geranium, Rose.
  • Do not use essential oils on children under six without the advice of a professional aromatherapist.
  • Do not use wheat or nut carrier oils with children under six.
  • Never ingest any essential oils.
  • Never sunbathe after applying the following essential oils to the skin, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Mandarin, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Ginger.
  • As a common sense precaution, if you have sensitive skin, complete a patch test before use. Rub some of the product on the inside of the wrist or the inner elbow. Leave the product on the skin overnight, if you have a reaction then avoid using that oil.
  • It is wise to avoid using the same essential oils everyday, give them a break occasionally. The body can build up an immunity to essential oils rendering them ineffective. It is a good idea to have a few different blends to interchange.

Pure Essential Oils

4 July, 2010 (13:01) | Essential Oils | By: admin

Aromatherapy is a multifaceted healing art which uses the organic essences of aromatic plants and trees to promote health of body and serenity of mind. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances extracted from various parts of aromatic plants and trees. It takes the petals from about 30 specially cultivated roses to produce just one drop of Rose essential oil and several kilos of lavender to produce a small bottle of essential oil.

Each oil has its own unique healing properties and fragrance. One essential oil may contain over one hundred different chemical constituents. Due to the tiny molecular structure of essential oils, they are absorbed into the bloodstream, they also reach the blood as a result of being inhaled. In the lungs they pass through the tiny air sacs , once in the blood stream the aromatic molecules interact with the chemistry of the body.

Essential oils have considerable medicinal properties just smelling an essential oil can uplift the spirits and make you feel better. Much of the skill of aromatherapy lies in the skill of blending the oils in synergy. Several oils are often used in combination to promote healing on different levels, physical, mental and emotional. Proper use of essential oils helps promote a more balanced lifestyle. There is less likelihood of succumbing to everyday illness and the effects of stress. A balanced state of mind promotes vitality and better ability to cope with potentially difficult events.

The properties of essential oils are well documented, tried and tested. There are an abundance of essential oils is regular use some of which are very effective for treating all manner of health complaints and beauty needs. All essential oils are natural antiseptics, tea tree is the strongest natural disinfectant known to man, it is 12 times more antiseptic than carbolic acid, yet has no toxic effect. Essential oils are antibacterical, antifungal and they are excellent at combating infection. Essential oils can help with any number of ailments such as irregular blood pressure, stomach disorders, hormonal problems, problem skin, anxiety, stress, coughs, colds, burns, bites, and many, many other conditions.

What’s Aromatherapy?

4 July, 2010 (12:53) | Aromatherapy | By: admin

Generally speaking, aromatherapy is a  system of caring for the body with botanical oils. These essential oils can be added to a bath, massaged onto the skin, inhaled directly, used with teas, or scented in a room. Aromatherapy is intended to relieve pain, care for the skin, and alleviate tension and fatigue.

True aromatherapy uses the botanical and naturally fragrant essential oils, the essence, of plants, flowers, trees and herbs as a healing art to achieve health, vitality and rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit.

Aromatherapy refreshes and relaxes the skin while soothing the mind by helping to induce a sense of well-being. Each individual essence is used to produce a specific beneficial effect.

Aromatherapy and essential oils are used effectively in treating and relieving the symptoms of specific ailments such as verruca, head lice, piles, gout, arthritis etc. It is also most effective when used to treat stress and mental fatigue and its associated symptoms.