TOXIC - They are either extremely toxic or cause severe skin irritation even in a diluted state. Use at your own risk: Bitter Almond, Arnica, Boldo, Broom, Buchu, Calamus, Camphor, Cassia, Chervil, Cinnamon, Costus, Deertongue, Elecampane, Fennel, Horseradish, Jaborandi, Melilotus, Mugwort, Mustard, Oregano, Pennyroyal, Pine, Rue, Sage(common), Santolina, Sassafras, Savine, Savory, Tansy, Thuja, Thyme, Tonka, Wintergreen, Wormseed and Wormwood.
USED IN SMALL DOSES FOR NO LONGER THAN 2 WEEKS - Fairly toxic or may have side effects such as nausea, vomiting and headaches and should be used with extreme caution: Ajowan, Anise star, Aniseed, Basil, Bay laurel, Bay, Calamintha, Camphor, Cascarrilla bark, Cassie, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Hops, Hyssop, Juniper, Nutmeg, Parsley, Pepper, Pine, Sage, Tagetes, Tarragon, Thyme, Tuberose, Tumeric, Turpentine, and Valerian.
IRRITATE THE SKIN IF USED IN HIGH CONCENTRATION - Use in half the recommended dilution, no more than 3 drops (oils) in a bath: Ajowan, Allspice, Aniseed, Basil, Black pepper, Borneol, Cajeput, Caraway, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Cornmint, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon, Parsley, Peppermint, Pine, Thyme, and Tumeric.
IRRITATION ON SENSITIVE SKIN - May cause eczema or dermatitis with people who have very sensitive skin. (Always test on the back of your wrist, and leave for an hour to 24 hours. If irritation occurs bathe area with cold water and try a weaker concentration.): Aniseed, Basil, Bay Laurel, Benzoin, Bergamot, Cade, Cajeput, Cananga, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Citronella, Garlic, Geranium, Ginger, Hops, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Litsea cubeba, Loveage, Mastic, Mint, Orange, Peru balsam, Pine, Styrax, Tea tree, Thyme, Tolu balsam, Tumeric, Turpentine, Valerian, Vanilla, Verbena, Violet, Yarrow, and Ylang Ylang.
PHOTOTOXIC - Can cause the skin to darken if exposed to direct sunlight. Do not use at all if the area will be exposed to sunlight: Angelica Root, Bergamot, Cumin, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Loveage, Mandarin, Orange, and Verbena.
AVOID DURING PREGNANCY - Due to the effects on the reproductive organs, and the sensitivity of the fetus: Ajowan, Anjelica, Anise star, Aniseed, Basil, Bay Laurel, Calamintha, Cedarwood, Celery Seed, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary sage, Clove, Cumin, Cypress, Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Labdanum, Lovage, Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Snakeroot, Sage, Tarragon, and Thyme.
AVOID WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE - Black pepper, Hyssop, Lemon, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.
AVOID WITH LOW BLOOD PRESSURE - Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Marjoram, and Ylang Ylang.
AVOID WITH DIABETES - Angelica
AVOID WITH KIDNEY PROBLEMS - Juniper
AVOID WITH HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENTS - Black pepper, Camphor, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.
AVOID WITH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION - will increase the effects of alcohol: Aniseed, Clary Sage, and Fennel.
AVOID WITH DEPRESSION - Basil
AVOID WITH EPILEPSY - Fennel, Hyssop, Sage and Rosemary.
Essential oils, absolutes, CO2s, and other concentrated aromatics can cause severe irritation or reactions if applied to the skin undiluted. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential and other oils before applying to the skin. They are also referred to as vegetable oils or base oils. Carrier oils are in soaps, cosmetics, and massage oils.
Common Carrier Oils:
Dilution recommendations by National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy:
For infants and young children:
.5-1% dilution = 3-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
Sensitive skin: .5 to 1 percent dilution = 3 to 6 drops per ounce
Normal, healthy skin: 1 to 2.5 percent dilution = 6 to 15 drops per ounce
2.5% dilution = 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
3% dilution = 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
5% dilution = 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
10% dilution = 60 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
Shop for carrier oils that are cold pressed or cold expelled pressed. This indicates that the oils are pressed without the use of added heat. High temperature processing methods can harm the fragile nutrients in the oil.
Vegetable butters are not carrier oils; however, butters like cocoa butter and shea butter are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Again, shop for butters that are cold pressed.
Avoid mineral oil and petroleum jelly! They are the byproducts of petroleum. They can clog pores, prevent the skin from breathing naturally, prevent essential oil absorption, and prevent toxins from leaving the body through the natural process of sweating.
You should protect your skin all year round. If you want alternatives to sunscreens full of chemicals, try natural oils! Many carrier oils are rich in antioxidants and vitamin E to protect and heal skin exposed to UV light. Red raspberry seed, carrot seed, wheatgerm, macadamia, and jojoba oils have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) to maintain the well-being of your skin.
Mystic Paths carrier oils are
Essential Oils for Pregnant Women by Mrs. BWF on January 30, 2012
***I am not a midwife, doctor, herbalist, shaman healer, nurse, wizard, or anything else in that regard. The information in this blog post is just that…information. This post is simply a gathering of info on different essential oils that may be beneficial to you in your pregnancy. Look into them further and discuss with your care provider if a certain oil’s safety is in question. (Was that a wicked disclaimer, or what?! Moving on!)
Pregnancy is amazing. Our bodies are constantly changing as this new life grows inside of us! Throughout your pregnancy, and these changes, you may experience some discomforts, sickness, moodiness, etc. What if an essential oil can help you?
Here are a list of oils that you may want to consider having around in your home. Some oils can be used topically, ingested and diffused.
*Before we get to the goods, please note to check into oils on your own and to dilute oils when necessary.
Geranium properties are antibacterial, an anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, refreshing, relaxing, sedative, tonic, and even as an insect repellent.
Geranium can be used topically, use 5-10 drops to 1/2 tsp. olive or coconut oil and massage perineum. You can do this towards the end of pregnancy and/or in labor. You can also use geranium in a diffuser during pregnancy and post partum for calming, stress reducing and stress relieving effects.
Ylang Ylang properties include antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative meaning to increase calmness), and tonic. It can also help with high blood pressure!
It can help with rapid breathing, balancing equilibrium, frustration and even sex drive problems! Whoohoo!
To use ylang ylang, apply topically with no dilution necessary to reflex point or area of concern. You can also diffuse it.
Lavender is a commonly known essential oil and widely known to be relaxing. It is also an analgesic, anticoagulant, it has antidepressant and anti-fungal properties along with antihistamine and anti infectious. Lavender also can help with inflammation and more.
Applying a good quality lavender topically with no dilution is fine. You can apply it to reflex points or directly on the area that is bothering you. Also can be used as an aromatherapy and diffused.
Frankincense is an oil I just recently discovered. Some friends were talking about it, and other than knowing of it from the Bible, I did not know it was a healing essential oil!
It is an anticancer, antidepressant, anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory oil. It is also an immune stimulant, among other things.
Frankincense is a holy oil in the Middle East and has been such throughout history. It can also help with asthma, depression and ulcers, along with allergies, headaches, promotes healing, hemorrhaging, herpes, high blood pressure, jaundice. To be honest, the list is long.
Frankincense can be applied topically directly to area or reflex points. Also may be diffused. This oil is expensive, but very worth having on hand!
Grapefruit is wonderful. It owns antidepressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant and tonic properties. Grapefruit essential oil is balancing, uplifting and can help relieve anxiety. Also may help with fatigue and headaches
Using it is simple, as it too can be used topically on reflex or problem areas.
Lemon seems to be a very popular craving in pregnancy. On top of satisfying women’s taste buds everywhere, it has anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antioxidant, antiviral and astringent properties! It is very invigorating, refreshing and cleansing.
The amount of things lemon essential oils can benefit is numerous. Just a few things it can help with are food poisoning, lowering blood pressure, help with liver problems, arthritis, and muscle aches and pains. It can help with cellulite, digestive issues, sore throats and also cleaning (might as well smell yummy when doing work!).
To use, apply lemon oil topically to area needed or reflex points, diffuse it, or put a drop or two in your water or pregnancy tea (once again, make sure it is a high quality and digestible oil and double check w/your care provider).
Roman Chamomile is anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory along with having calming and relaxing qualities. It can help with emotional balance and help combat depression, insomnia and stress.
When applying Roman Chamomile, dilute it with a ration of 1:1, one drop of oil to one drop of oil. If you are sensitive to it topically you can diffuse it.
Melaleuca (also known as Tea Tree Oil) is an awesome anti-bacterial and anti-infectious oil! It can help with burns, infections and more. If you are dealing with anything from a cut, burn, tooth infection or yeast infection, melaleuca can help.
To use tea tree oil, you can apply it right to the area. If a sensitive area, you may want to dilute with coconut oil. It can also be diffused. (I have personally seen great results with this oil time and again. I have applied it directly to an infected tooth with a q-tip. It slightly numbs and pulls out infections at the same time!)
Balance is amazing. It is not only great for pregnant women, but for everyone in your family. It brings calmness, peace and relaxation. It can help with harmonizing different physiological systems in the body to restore balance. It contains spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and Frankincense, along with coconut oil.
Balance can also effect different muscle, bone, skin and nervous system problems. It is applied the bottom of the feet (your pores are largest there and it absorbs best there), but can also be applied to heart area, wrists, neck, and your temples. Diffuse as well!
Being self reliant and promoting your body to heal or stay healthy is priceless. We all want to feel great all the time, but especially when pregnant. High quality essential oils can help you do just that.
*A huge resource for this information was the book, Modern Essentials, the 3rd Edition. Published by Abundant Health
There are 7 major Chakra centers of the physical body, where vital energy flows and intersects. Through our Chakras, we transmit and receive physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. For optimal well-being chakra centers must be clear, balanced, and vitalized. Each chakra is associated with a particular area of the body and a color of the spectrum. Stones are used at chakra centers for clearing, revitalizing, and healing. Crystal wands are utilized to open the chakras.