May 27, 2021
There is a lot of controversy about essential oils and the first trimester of pregnancy. It's important to talk to your doctor about all alternatives methods you use to help with your symptoms.
I err on the side of caution and recommend to use essential oils after your first trimester, but use oils like ginger, neroli or sweet orange. Always make sure you check out the botanical name, which company you're looking into (I love Plant Therapy, Simplers Botanicals and Pranarom).
With children, always keep your dilution LOW. I don't recommend to use essential oils with babies until they are around six months old, but again, every aromatherapist is different. I tend to be a lot more conservative. If you choose to use essential oils, dilute them in a carrier oil and apply them to you. You can hug your child or use no more than five drops of an essential oil in a carrier oil (you can store this in a rollerball).
Always conduct a patch test and remember, if you notice nausea, vomiting, skin irritation or extreme discomfort, contact a medical professional immediately.
Essential oils are wonderful, but we have to make sure we use them responsibly.