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Aromatherapy is an ancient practice. Consists in using essential oils to treat certain symptoms or pathologies and to manage moods. Myrrh was the most popular herb used for the production of essential oils. But also incense, tuberose, cedar wood or cinnamon.
But can it be used during pregnancy? Yes, but be very careful, because most essential oils are contraindicated early in pregnancy. We give you some tips to safely benefit from aromatherapy during your pregnancy.
Essential oils come from different parts of the plants and trees (roots, leaves, flowers) and have very powerful properties. The active principles contained in essential oils enter the bloodstream through the skin. By smelling them, they start working quickly. This is why essential oils produce immediate symptom relief for which they are used.
But most essential oils are strictly prohibited during the first trimester of pregnancy, such as Sage, Oregano or Mint. The oils can reach the placenta and harm the fetus, even causing miscarriages and even reaching breast milk.
With everything, some are authorized from the fourth month and others even throughout the entire pregnancy. They are essential oils that do not contain toxic molecules capable of causing harm to the mother or the child.
Essential oils are used to calm nausea, fight insomnia, prevent baby blues and even facilitate childbirth. That is why they are very useful. Even more so if we take into account that many drugs are prohibited during pregnancy. Some essential oils such as Bergamot, Rose, Thyme, Cardamom, Lemon, Juniper, or Fine Lavender, do not involve risks. We give you some essential tips to get the most out of them. Before using them, talk to your doctor or specialists on the subject:
- Never use synthetic oils, (they are usually available in supermarkets). The reason is that these oils have no therapeutic action and can be dangerous. So it is better that you only use oils that are one hundred percent natural. You will find these in pharmacies and parapharmacies.
- Respect the way of using the oils, as well as the recommended dosage. In addition, there are oils such as peppermint arvensis that can only be used from the fourth month of pregnancy. And others like peppermint, that is, good grass, is strictly prohibited. So you have to take the precise essential oil, indicated for a specific problem.
- Use essential oils in a timely manner (one time only) or for a maximum of 10 or 15 days.
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