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Dispelling Misconceptions; Pregnancy and Skin Care – Safety Considerations


By Eve Stahl


During pregnancy there are safety considerations worth heeding in order to protect the health and stability of the fetus. Where the use of the essential oils of plants is concerned, there has been some confusion and some misleading information.


The beauty of working with plants is that when chosen properly specific plants have an extensive is as likely to assist dry skin as it is to assist oily skin to find its proper balance while at the same time be beneficial for normal skin. As unusual as this may seem, this is just one of the magical secrets of the world of plants.


Additionally, a plant that is known for its sebum balancing properties may also specialize in toning, softening or improving the circulation of the skin. When working with plants one steps into a rich world of natural phenomena. Tuning in to how plants work synergistically is both a valuable art and a science.


There are many diverse species of plants which support of our health. We use them in a variety of ways – from the vegetables that we eat to the oils that use in cooking and in skin care products. Each plant has specific and diverse properties. Used appropriately plants are safe and exceptionally beneficial to our health.


Pre - pregnancy and pregnancy is a special time to honor the health of a new life. Proper selection and use of herbs and flowers can enhance the health and strength of mother and fetus. Some plants’ functions are considered to be contrary to the optimal support of life during this precious time. Herbal plants are specialized foods. It is important to respect the specific functions of each herb.


Some herbs are emmenagogues. Their specialized functions are to promote and regulate menstruation and to care for imbalances of the female reproductive system. There is confusion that all emmenagogues bring on menstruation and/or are abortafacients. Actually, emmenagogues are a class of herbs that function to balance the female reproductive system in a variety of ways. This can be easing pain and cramps during menses, regulating lack of menses, too frequent menses and excessive mucous during menses. Only some emmenagogue herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy. An emmenagogue herb that serves to relax and ease cramps may not necessarily be cautioned for use during pregnancy. It may not prevent conception, cause an abortion or cause other harm.


There are also herbs that are abortifacients. Note that according to world renowned aromatherapy expert Salvatore Battaglia there is no clear evidence that essential oils are abortifacient. Rather, these are essential oils that are toxic and are not likely to be recommended for use. It is important to understand that emmenagogue herbs are not necessarily abortifacient. The properties of the essential oil of an herb may differ from the properties the whole herb as some constituents are separated during distillation.


Essential oils should be used with the understanding that they are concentrated and readily absorbed. Because a fetus is more delicate than a grown person, skin care formulations for use during pregnancy should be less concentrated than for usual use.


Unfortunately the internet is a “fair- ground” for misinformation based on inconclusive studies and unsubstantiated data. In this way the internet is a two-edged sword. Misconstruing the functions of some essential oils of herbs has caused confusion among people attempting to be responsible about self educating. Categorizing all emmenagogue herbs as contraindicated during pregnancy is an example of such inaccuracy.


Most consumers cannot put the time toward following references of statements to check their validity. More so most internet articles do not cite references or the references are difficult to track. As a consumer it is important to look for articles with references that can be tracked. Qualify whether you consider the source to be trustworthy.


Essential oils safe for use during pregnancy:


Bergamot, Calendula, Virginia Cedar, Roman and Moroccan Chamomile, Elemi, Fir, Frankincense - Boswelia Carterii, Helichrysum, Lavender Angustifolia, Neroli, Sweet Myrrh – Oppapanax, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spruce, Ylang Ylang.


Essential oils to avoid during pregnancy:


Ajowan, Allspice, Anise, Angelica, Balsam Peru, Basil, Bay Laurel, Benzoin, Bitter Almond, Cajeput, Camphor, Cassia, Cedar Atlas, Carrot seed, Celery seed, Blue Chamomile (German), Cinnamon Bark & Leaf, Cistus, Clary Sage (OK during labor), Clove, Comphrey, Corn Mint, Cumin, Cypress, Dill, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus, Lemon Eucalyptus, Fennel, Galbanum, Grapefruit, Hyssop, Jasmine Grandiflora (OK during labor), Juniper, Labdanum, Spike Lavender, Lavender Latifolia, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Marjoram, melissa, Mugwort, Myrrh gum, Nutmeg, Oak Mosss, Oregano, Parsley seed, Penny Royal, Peppermint (and during breast feeding) , Rue, Sassafras, Savin, Scotch Pine, Rose Damascena, Bulgarian Rose, Chinese Rosa Rugosa, Rosemary, Sage, Winter Savory, Spikenard, St. John’s Wort, Tangerine, Tansy, Tarragon, Thuja, Thyme, Valerian, Wintergreen, Wormwood, Yarrow – Blue & Green.


There are varying opinions on the safety of certain plants. Those plants I have listed in the section of plants that are cautioned. As a point of information, I cannot leave this subject without mention that these are the essential oils that most Aromatherapy “authors” (i.e. as opposed to expert aromatherapy practitioners) caution for use during pregnancy. However, it is the belief of world renowned aromatherapy expert Martin Watt, that “No essential oils that are used externally are proven as harmful to a developing foetus.”Having said that, realize that every person’s situation is different. Ultimately we all make our choices based on information and intuition.


References:


Salvatore Battaglia-The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, Brisbane, Australia 2003, International Center for Holistic Aromatherapy pp 442-445,103,105.


Simon Mills and Kerry Bone -The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, Churchill Livingstone 2004, pp 89-103,309,493.


Author, Eve Stahl, is a Health Consultant, Herbalist and Skin Care expert. She specializes in using nature’s plants to enhance the health of people and to protect the health of our planet. To achieve this purpose she has created Garden of Eve Skin Care products for sensitive skin and all skin types. You can visit her company at: www.garden-of-eve.com; Prospective Affiliates visit: www.gardenofeveskincare.com.



 
Garden of Eve Expectantly Lovely Skin Care products are formulated for all skin types. You can view our complete collection of face care and hand & body care products for expectant mothers at: http://www.gardenofeveskincare.com/index.php?cPath=31

Should you still have further concerns about your skin care products during pregnancy and lactating, I am happy to formulate your products for your personal needs..