- 1 Are all essential oils contraindicated during pregnancy and breasfeeding?
- 1.1 Toxicity and dangers of essential oils in special situations
- 1.2 Contraindications of essential oils during pregnancy
- 1.3 Possible harmful effects of essential oils in pregnancy
- 1.4 Essential oils during breastfeeding
- 1.5 Contraindications of oils for pregnant women
- 1.6 What natural remedies can be used during pregnancy and lactation?
Are all essential oils contraindicated during pregnancy and breasfeeding?
Toxicity and dangers of essential oils in special situations
Essential oils are concentrated preparations from a plant that should be used with extreme caution, as they can be dangerous. They contain a high concentration of active ingredients, so they are toxic in moderate doses and in high doses they are abortive, teratogenic and, in some cases, even fatal.
There are many documented cases of intoxication in pregnancy, lactation and in children, so, as a general rule, all essential oils are contraindicated in these situations.
Contraindications of essential oils during pregnancy
All essential oils are contraindicated for pregnant women because they are very concentrated remedies whose safety has not been proven, except in very few exceptions.
The main danger of these products is that their quality and composition varies widely between different trademarks. There are many types of essential oils on the market, and, in addition, the labeling of these products is confusing, so that some brands may contain perfumes or certain components that are not suitable for internal use or that are even toxic.
On the other hand, not all essential oils are suitable for internal use. In addition, they are extremely concentrated remedies and must be used only under professional advice.
Therefore, in general, the ingestion of essential oils during pregnancy and lactation is not recommended. There are many other safer natural remedies at these stages.
Possible harmful effects of essential oils in pregnancy
Essential oils are very diverse in terms of qualities and composition. Depending on the components of each product and the type of essential oil in question, they can have the following harmful effects during pregnancy:
- Essential oil poisoning: characterized by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, abdominal pain, which can evolve to serious complications.
- Abortive effects (abortifacient)
- Produce bleeding (emenagogue properties)
- Produce malformations in the fetus (teratogenic effects). For example, the essential oils of Plectranthus frutiosus produce teratogenic effects of anophthalmia. (absence of one or both eyes)
Therefore, it is recommended that pregnant women do not use remedies or cosmetics with essential oils. Ingestion of these preparations could be dangerous. Consult a professional before using these products.
Essential oils during breastfeeding
The same precautions as during pregnancy are recommended during breastfeeding. Due to the close link between the mother and the baby, the components of essential oils can easily reach this and cause adverse reactions.
It should be taken into account that the effect of the substances depends on the weight of the individual. Babies, because of their immature metabolism and low weight, are very vulnerable to the effects of essential oils. Therefore, during breastfeeding it is important to avoid using creams in the breasts that carry essential oils and not consume these remedies for internal use.
Contraindications of oils for pregnant women
Because during the pregnancy the woman’s metabolism changes, these substances could also have adverse effects on the future mother. Therefore, the essential oils that are commonly used may have different effects during pregnancy.
It is strictly FORBIDDEN to administer remedies with essential oils in infants and children, both internally and externally.
What natural remedies can be used during pregnancy and lactation?
For skin irritations, for face care or against stretch marks, natural remedies such as rosehip vegetable oils or almond oil can be used. (Difference oil and essential oils)
* Related information: Treatment of pregnancy stretch marks
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