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<p>I just bought several essential oils to use in an oil burner for mental and emotional well-being.  (Healing or managing anxiety).  However, when they arrived I saw that the bottles all said, "Avoid while pregnant"!!  I'm 18 weeks pregnant and so bummed that I can't fill my house with the aromas of things like basil and eucalyptus lemon!  The only oil that doesn't say this is Clary Sage...and yet, on the internet, many websites say to avoid Clary Sage unless you're trying to induce labor which of course I am not.</p>
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<p>Do I seriously need to avoid these oils?</p>
<p>-Tangerine</p>
<p>-Lemon</p>
<p>-Basil</p>
<p>-Eucalyptus Lemon</p>
<p>-Clary Sage</p>
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<p>I purchased these oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and didn't see anything warning about use in pregnancy on the website.<span style="display:none;"> </span></p>
 

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<p> From my understanding, lemon is recommended for morning sickness and tangerine is recommended for stretch marks.  What I have taken from my limited research on this is that some oils should be avoided in the first trimester but after that they are okay (I do think basil and clary sage are included in that).   I use eucalyptus oil all the time - especially in the winter when the kids are sick or need a pick-me-up.</p>
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<p>I am curious as to what others have to say about this...</p>
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<p>i  have used essential oils for a  couple  of yrs, now that  i'm  preg  i  stopped using  them except then orange essential oil  i  still been  using  some.  I  know  my  mom used some eucalyptus oil druing  some of her pregnancies   ......Still learning  on essential oil usage  druing  pregnancy so  also  curious what  others have  to  say on this ......</p>
 

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<p>I've heard VERY scary things about Clary Sage. I believe it's used to induce abortions or kick-start labour - it causes very strong uterine contractions. I definitely wouldn't even go near it while pregnant - I think my midwife with DD warned me against even smelling it!</p>
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<p>Lavender oil and tea tree oil are said to be cytotoxic. And they're incredibly common and have a "safe, homey" vibe. So since I learned that, I decided to pretty much eschew all essential oils during pregnancy. (Not hard, I don't use them much anyway.) It just seemed like the simplest solution!</p>
 

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<p>***DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR A MIDWIFE. PLEASE OBTAIN APPROVAL FROM THE PRENATAL CARE PROVIDER OF YOU CHOICE BEFORE USING ANY ESSENTIAL OILS.***</p>
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<p>I'm a massage therapist and I'm checking my aromatherapy book for you...</p>
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<p>You want to avoid any oil that is labeled as an emmenagogue, as they promote menstruation. Oils my text lists as emmenagogues: lavender, chammomile (german and roman), rose, marjoram, clary sage, basil, thyme, fennel, hyssop, angelica, frankincense, myrrh, Virginian cedarwood (atlas cedarwood is ok and is a better quality oil anyway), juniper, nutmeg, carrot seed, rock rose.</p>
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<p>Also it says avoid peppermint, but it doesn't say why.</p>
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<p>I looked up the oils you have listed and aside from the basil and clary sage, the rest should be fine.</p>
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<p>Any of the citrus oils should be ok.</p>
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<p>Any of the wood oils with exception of Virginian cedarwood and juniper.</p>
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<p>Any of the spice oils except nutmeg.</p>
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<p>A few other common oils specifically labeled safe: neroli, mandarin, tangerine, petitgrain, vetiver, ginger, myrtle, sandalwood.</p>
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<p>Any oil should be used very sparingly in pregnancy. Cut the amount of oil you would normally use in half. Though the fact that you're going to diffuse them in the air rather than use them on your skin or inhale them directly already means you're going to be getting a less intense dose. Still, use very little.</p>
 

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<p>My understanding is that an oil burner deactivates the oils, so you still have the scent but none of the activity. This could be good or bad.</p>
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<p><a href="http://essentialoilsforliving.com/blog/?p=191" target="_blank">http://essentialoilsforliving.com/blog/?p=191</a></p>
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<p>I'd check with somebody who has some experience in this area before you use them. I don't think this is the kind of thing you want to mess with.</p>
 

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<p>I know you should avoid neem as it is used as contraception and can cause abortions/miscarriage.</p>
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<p>Essential oils to avoid...</p>
<p><a href="http://www.earthyfamily.com/arom-caution.htm" target="_blank">http://www.earthyfamily.com/arom-caution.htm</a></p>
<p><a href="http://walkinthelight.co.uk/pregnancy.htm" target="_blank">http://walkinthelight.co.uk/pregnancy.htm</a></p>
 

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<p>So if a pregnant woman walks into a spa and they are diffusing oils such as lavender (pretty common in a spa) or using something equally as common in their aromatherapy mixture during a massage...then we're in danger?  It just seems like if they were that potent and dangerous that they'd warn pregnant women to avoid spas.</p>
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<p>And I was actually planning to get a massage soon, so now I specifically curious about the spa thing.  Also, you can buy essential oil soaps all over including big chains like Whole Foods...none of them have danger warnings that I know of.  I mean, are they really that dangerous?  I've been wanting to buy this bar of lavender/goat's milk/emu oil soap for awhile now.  It sounds so soothing and relaxing for my dry winter skin.  :(  Now, I'm afraid to use it.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Dot-to-Dot</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287430/essential-oil-safety-in-pregnancy#post_16155033"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>So if a pregnant woman walks into a spa and they are diffusing oils such as lavender (pretty common in a spa) or using something equally as common in their aromatherapy mixture during a massage...then we're in danger?  It just seems like if they were that potent and dangerous that they'd warn pregnant women to avoid spas.</p>
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<p>And I was actually planning to get a massage soon, so now I specifically curious about the spa thing.  Also, you can buy essential oil soaps all over including big chains like Whole Foods...none of them have danger warnings that I know of.  I mean, are they really that dangerous?  I've been wanting to buy this bar of lavender/goat's milk/emu oil soap for awhile now.  It sounds so soothing and relaxing for my dry winter skin.  :(  Now, I'm afraid to use it.</p>
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Some essential oils are very potent and possibly dangerous. But, lavender, I don't consider one of them. If you do a net search you'll find info on the benefits of using lavender essential oils. I personally do use it in my hair wash and deodorant.</p>
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<p>I've also used TTO in my hair wash a couple times and nothing happened. Check out the lists I linked to above for more info. I don't think all essential oils are bad in pregnancy. </p>
 
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