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I've been using almond oil on my skin, and was thinking of adding some lavender essesntial oil to it. I'm 32weeks pregnant right now. This is safe to do, right? And how much would you add?
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I put lavender oil in my bath water, but never thought about rubbing it directly on my skin - probably the same thing...I'm curious to know about this also - thanks for posting ....
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http://www.naturalchildbirth.co.uk/aromatherapy.shtml
at 32 weeks it is safe - its not recommended in the first trimester


Ones to avoid

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Just about every stretch mark oil and cream I've seen is lavender so I suspect it's fine.

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http://www.naturalchildbirth.co.uk/aromatherapy.shtml
at 32 weeks it is safe - its not recommended in the first trimester


Ones to avoid
Thank you! This was very helpful!
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I can't stand the smell right now; and I am 8 weeks pregnant.

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Lavender oil is consider as a "safe essential oil" and thats' why it is not listed in the dangerous EOs during pregnancy (ref. http://www.aromatherapypoint.com/aromatherapy-safety/) but I will suggest you not to use any EO during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

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I just put some lavendar on my fingers yesterday after stupidly grabbing a very hot waffle iron... its amazing stuff, really. A couple hours later, my fingers were peachy fine
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Ok, so I added a few drops to a small bottle of almond oil and I've been using it everyday after my shower. It's ok to use it that often, right?
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There have some articles in peer reviewed scientific journals regarding the growth of breasts in young men and it turned out that it was linked to using lavender oil / bath products... which can have an estrogenic effect. Because of this I've been avoiding using lavender while pregnant. There is some controversy regarding the study but I guess I err on the paranoid side.

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i used it during the first tri....i didn't know you weren't supposed too, i thought it was safe GREAT!!!
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There have some articles in peer reviewed scientific journals regarding the growth of breasts in young men and it turned out that it was linked to using lavender oil / bath products... which can have an estrogenic effect. Because of this I've been avoiding using lavender while pregnant. There is some controversy regarding the study but I guess I err on the paranoid side.

https://leisureguy.wordpress.com/200...safe-for-boys/
I gave up lavender and Tea Tree during pg and nursing, 'cause they are both phyto estrogens... There's always something new to worry about!!
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As far as I read, lavender (and tea tree) are safe for pregnancy. I've never seen them on the "avoid during pregnancy" list for essential oils, ever.

I've not heard that they are phyto estrogens, but then again, a lot of things are (soy, anyone?) and that doesn't mean it will hurt your baby. I think you'd have to ingest A WHOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE LOT, more than any normal person would, to even start to worry about that. However, I don't know this to be fact and I guess it never hurts to be too cautious.
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Cutting out lavender and tea tree was my personal choice. I figured that if boys were developing female sex traits simply from superficial contact with soaps, etc, that could be absorbed through my skin into my blood stream and effect a fetus. I had a girl, but I'm concerned that 'endocrine mimicking' substances are part of the cause of early menstruation and other female hormonal issues. Here's another link about boys and lavender-http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/62246.php
If a similar study came out about chocolate, I probably wouldn't have abstained.
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