Essential Oils During Pregnancy

The use of essential oils to address health and wellness has recently exploded!  Truth is, essential oils have been around for centuries and has been used since the beginning of time to address both simple and complicated health issues.  What are they really? Essential Oils are the volatile components distilled from plants, seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruits, etc.  Nature has provided us with the tools to maintain, protect and affect our health through the use of these oils.  Drug companies all over the world attempt to recreate this effect through synthetic analogs of certain active ingredients thought to give these substances their medicinal and healing properties.  The issue is that, nature exists in whole forms and the fullness of these substances, as synergistic components with multiple active ingredients contribute to their profound healing nature.  These effects cannot often be replicated in labs and are oftentimes accompanied by undesired side effects.

Qualities of Essential Oils

Due to their small molecular size, essential oils quickly penetrate the skin.  Lipid soluble, they are also capable of penetrating cell membranes, even if they have hardened due to oxygen deficiency.  In fact, in its awesome beauty, essential oils can affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients.  Their oxygen content can help in transporting nutrients to cells. Oftentimes, cells that lack oxygen lack the ability to assimilate nutrients properly. Having the ability to provide needed oxygen, essential oils help to stimulate the body’s immune system.

Here are some neat facts about essential oils

  • They are very powerful antioxidants and help to scavenge the free radicals that are implicated in cellular mutations.  They also prevent fungus and oxidation within cells.
  • Many are antibacterial, anticancer, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, anti-tumor, anti parasitic, antiviral and antiseptic.  Many essential oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring balance to the body.
  • They may also help to detoxify the cells and blood in the body.
  • They contain sesquiterpenes and ,therefore, have the ability to pass the blood-brain barrier.  This enables them to be effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Importance of Purity

The chemical constituents in an essential oil determine its therapeutic value and certainly its purity!  The environment that a plant was grown in affects these properties.  Geographic region, climate, altitude, harvest season, fertilizer (organic or chemical), method of growing and obtaining, as well as distillation process is extremely important.  When working with pregnant mommas and their unborn or newly born child, only the absolute, purest essential oils should be used.

Essential Oils Can Be Used in Many Ways

Some oils can be taken internally, some oils only applied topically and others can be diffused and be beneficial aromatically.  When diffused in the air, essential oils can provide air purification by removing metallic particles and toxins, increasing atmospheric oxygen, destroy odors and leave behind a fresh therapeutic scent.

How Safe are Essential Oils During Pregnancy?

Recently, many moms have asked me about the safety of using essential oils, both for themselves and their babies.  With the efficacy or usefulness of essential oils, we must respect their power as well.  Any substance can be used both as a medicine, but could potentially be harmful as well.  It depends on context and knowledge and respect of its power.  So, essential oils are safe, but they must be used with understanding and knowledge.  Some oils can be very heating and they can be too harsh for a baby’s tender skin.  These oils, we can apply only a few drops and with a base oil so that it is diluted.  If you have questions, always enquire with a person who is familiar with the use of essential oils.  They are very effective and natural ways to solve many normal disturbances throughout life.  Empower yourself with information, knowledge and support to have a successful experience!

About the author

Viji Natarajan B.S., C.A.S.As a trained and Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a Certified Yoga Teacher, I am committed to helping my clients understand themselves on a deeper level. These two ancient, time honored traditions help us to live healthier, happier and more balanced lives.

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