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Aromatherapy oils during pregnancy

Aromatherapy oils during pregnancy


Aromatherapy during pregnancy

A guide to essential oils

Carrier oils

Properties of essential oils

Aromatherapy uses essential oil extracts from flowers, herbs and trees to treat various physical and mental conditions. Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years in the Far East and is now one of the more popular natural therapies in western countries. The therapeutic properties of essential oils are aimed at restoring harmonious balance of energy (Yin and Yang) within the body to combat ill health.

Essential oils are highly concentrated, with dosages measured in drops. They are usually administered by adding them to hot water in a bath, vaporised for inhalation, adding them to plain carrier oils for massage or as compresses applied to the skin. They can also be diluted in a hydrosol spray. Aromatherapy has been used for stress, anxiety, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, depression, infections, aches and pains, addictions, circulation, respiratory problems, nausea, digestion and as an aphrodisiac.

Essential oils are pure oils. They are usually quite expensive and sold in small, dark, coloured glass bottles and should be labeled Pure Essential Oils. They are different from scented creams or soaps that can be purchased.

It is recommended you seek the advice of a qualified aromatherapist for specific treatments. Their training is normally about 2 years and the practitioner should be a member of a professional organisation. Ideally they would be experienced in working with pregnant women.

Aromatherapy during pregnancy

Aromatherapy has been used by pregnant women for many years, probably more liberally and indiscriminately than was safe. In recent years the use of aromatherapy has been more cautious. Their potency and medicinal properties can also have the potential for some health complications and side affects.

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