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Using EO's During Pregnancy

Posted by Chris Lanning on

 

FIRST TRIMESTER

 

As an Aroma Therapist I agree that most essential oils should be avoided during the first three months of pregnancy, especially if you are at high risk for a miscarriage. If you are experiencing morning sickness, peppermint or fresh ginger tea are effective herbal alternatives that can help alleviate those first symptoms of pregnancy.

 

SECOND AND THIRD TRIMESTER

 

After the first trimester has passed, it is safe to use essential oils sparingly throughout your pregnancy.

During the second and third trimester, consider  using these safety guidelines:

 

1-Less is always better.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before use. You should not exceed a one percent dilution, or 9 drops essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil.

2-The diffuser should run for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Pregnant women have sensitive noses and are sensitive to essential oil. Running the diffuser too long can cause headaches, nausea, and even dizziness. Take breaks!

3- Minimize daily use as much as possible.

It is best to utilize essential oils only when you need them, like helping with issues like nausea, indigestion, leg cramps, stress, cough and congestion, skin problems, allergies, acne and more.

 

ACNE

Because of hormonal changes, pregnancy can increase acne and blemishes on your face and body. If you don’t already have a facial regimen in place, starting one now can help fend off most acne problems. Clean your face twice a day, followed by a toner to close pores, and finish with a moisturizer to lock the moisture into your skin. Essential oils can be very helpful when it comes to cleaning and healing the skin.

 

-Let’s make a treatment for dark spots

For this serum, we need a 1-ounce dark glass bottle

3 tablespoon hemp seed oil

5 drops grapefruit essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops tea tree essential oil

Add all the ingredients to the dark glass bottle, and swirl to combine. Using a cotton swab, apply treatment to blemishes after cleaning your face.

Apply before using toner or moisturizer, or if you wearing makeup, allow 5 minutes for the treatment to sink in before applying.

Hemp seed oil is one of my favorite carrier oils for acne - prone skin, but grape seed oil is also wonderful for fighting blemishes. I like to add both hemp seed and grape seed oil to this recipe.

 

Moisturizing facial oil for Acne -Prone Skin

To make 1 oz. of this moisturizing oil we need one dark glass bottle

1 tablespoon hemp seed oil

1 -1/2 tablespoon jojoba oil

1/2 tablespoon grape seed oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops geranium essential oil

1 drop lemon essential oil

Add all the ingredients to a glass bottle and swirl to combine. Clean and tone your face before using this moisturizer. Put 2-3 drops of this blend onto your palm. rub palms together, and massage the oil into your face. I recommend using this oil moisturizer twice a day.

Aromatherapist
Miranda Shkurti

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