Aromatherapy is an ancient art that uses the essential oils from plants for therapeutic purposes. Aromatherapy is used for a wide variety of situations, including helping the endocrine system, helping to relieve stress, and to help balance out hormone levels. Additionally, many people believe that aromatherapy oils can be used during pregnancy to help alleviate some of the discomforts that accompany pregnancy. However, there are some aromatherapy oils that are not recommended to be used during pregnancy.
First, you should try to be aware of which aromatherapy oils should not be used during pregnancy. These might include Basil, Camphor, Clove, Fennel, Juniper, Mugwort, Horseradish, Bitter Almond, Aniseed, Boldo, Cypress, Hyssop, Marjoram, Myrrh, Parsleyseed, Nutmeg, Plecanthrus, Peppermint, Sage, Rosemary, Rue, Savin, Tarragon, Thyme, Wormseed, Wormwood, and Oregano. There may be other oils, as well, that are not recommended for your pregnancy. If in doubt, it is probably worth talking to your health care provider and your aromatherapist about which oils should not be used.
Some oils are known to be particularly helpful during pregnancy. Mandarin and tangerine, for example, may be able to help with the digestive tract during pregnancy. During the last trimester, Camomile may be able to help you relax, as well as helping with bladder problems. Clary Sage and Jasmine are considered very helpful during labor and delivery, although they should not be used earlier during pregnancy. Lavender can be used during the second and third trimester in small doses, and has a variety of positive effects, including acting as an analgesic, an antidepressant, and helping to calm the body. Neroli can be used throughout pregnancy, and can help with anxiety, relaxation, and even constipation or bloating.
You should never make the assumption that aromatherapy oils are just smells and therefore harmless to you during pregnancy. You should try to use an aromatherapist that is experienced with and knowledgeable about using aromatherapy oils during pregnancy. In addition, you should always check in with your health care provider to see whether or not there are unique concerns that might affect whether or not you can undergo aromatherapy.