Pregnancy Oils: To Use or Not to Use

Pregnancy, much like a body oil, is an intimate and personal experience; what is a memorable occasion for one woman is painful and utter regret to another. The right body can relax the intense emotions and inner workings, but it can as well be reason to question every little scent & note fearfully.

As most natural and organic body oils contain essential/botanical oils, our fabulous 5 asked us if they’re okay to use during pregnancy?

Dr. Marjori Greenfield says, “It's wise to be wary of aromatherapy and essential oils during pregnancy because not a lot is known about them. Some substances do transfer through the skin and could be harmful for the fetus if they got into your circulation.” But, most aromatherapists agree that vast majority of essential oils are perfectly safe for use during pregnancy because you are not applying or using the pure essential oil since it is likely to be diluted down within the formulation from its potent pureness.

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy says there are some oils (such as argan, lemon, bergamot, rosewood, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, lavender, tee tree, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang ylang) that are believed to be safe during pregnancy. However, there are certain oils, which one would either avoid (even when diluted) or use with a physician’s approval – think basil, cinnamon, clove, peppermint, rosemary and thyme.

Stretch marks? In published medical research, the combination of Gotu Kola extract, Vitamin E and collagen hydrolysates was shown to decrease the risk of stretchmarks by 39% compared to placebo treatment. [Mallol J, Costa D, Belda M, Sola M. Prophylaxis of striae gravidarum with a topical formulation-- a double blind study. International Journal of Cosmetic Science. 1991,13(51-57).]. In other words, yes, any essential body oil rich in Vitamin E will most definitely reduce the appearance of those unsightly track marks.

We’d like to think a nicely grounded face and/or body oil is comfort food and nectar for the soul…both of them.