It is probably pretty obvious that only one of us in this partnership knows about pregnancy first hand. However, as a work-from-home-husband/dad I was fortunate to spend a fair amount of time with Crystal during her pregnancy. I can remember a number of conversations we had (usually after reading an article or a book) about what we ate and what she specifically put IN her body. However, we also spent some time talking about what she put ON her body. Both of us were quite aware that everything that went in and on was absorbed through blood, fluid, skin, and respiration. Just in my own experiences with bug spray (that includes heavy amounts of DEET) especially we had a good knowledge of what we put on our skin going directly into our bloodstreams. As we continued to read and learn we also found out (or rather were made more aware) that airborne particles that we smell and breath directly affect our brains and organs. (one reason there is so much conversation about types of paint to use in nurseries, etc) Even more so now it has become very important to protect our environment by eliminating toxic substances like air fresheners, paint fumes, perfumes and colognes, cleaning solvents, etc. Awareness is key and as GI Joe always said, “…and knowing is half the battle!”
In order to make healthy changes we had to find out what we should avoid first and foremost. The OB/GYN and/or prenatal PA were both good about helping us understand the basics. But the information we were looking for extended beyond just the “no fish” rule. We consulted a few others and did a lot of research ultimately determining that we should – without fail – avoid anything with artificial fragrance as fragrance truly is little more than a laboratory mix of chemicals and toxins. At that point we switched over to non-Aluminum based lavender deodorant and lavender essential oil as a sort of perfume. We kept a small vial with us at almost all times.
At this point you may be asking what this has to do with a tiny house. The most accurate response is that it doesn’t…directly anyway. Rather, these choices enabled us to continue pursuing a more budget-friendly lifestyle and a more holistic lifestyle. The amount of money alone that was saved from creating our own laundry powder, moisturizer lotion, candles, and more during this period was amazing! Adding a favorite essential oil into something like coconut oil for lotion or using a diffuser with a light hint of lavender became second nature.
As I have come to understand and even talk to others about is that essential oils are a great gift to a pregnant woman as well as a great tool to bringing a child into a more holistic and healthy home. In retrospect I might also recommend a mother-to-be use doTERRA’s OnGuard for aching and fatigued feet and ankles. I would suggest Digestzen for regulating and soothing a digestive system.
- It should be a 1% dilution (1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil; 5-6 drops per ounce) when pregnant. source
- Internal use is generally discouraged during pregnancy.
- Some choose to avoid essential oil use in the first trimester. As with most things this is a personal choice though and there are no studies showing ill effects of essential oil use during this time period. If you do choose to avoid them topically or orally the oils can still be very helpful and effective when used aromatically.
- Essential oils will not induce labor if the body is not ready. They are not in any way like a medicine that forces outcomes.
OUR PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS
NOTE: the oils listed below are only those sold by doTERRA. We do not have sufficient experience with others and therefore do not feel competent to speak for them. We do caution you from using essential oils purchased anywhere other than through a licensed essential oil consultant.
- COMMON OILS SAFE FOR TOPICAL USE: Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and citrus oils like Wild Orange, Bergamot and Lemon.
- doTERRA BLEND OILS: Balance, Citrus Bliss, Elevation, InTune, Purify, Serenity, Whisper