Essential oils and pregnancy
A personal choice
During both my pregnancies, I found it something of minefield to work out what is and isn’t “allowed” when you’re expecting.
And the confusion didn’t stop at diet and exercise, but so many other things, too. Which nappies did I want to use for my babies? Should the clothes I dressed them in be made of wool? Was I working too much during my pregnancy? “You don’t want to get pelvic girdle pain now do you!” – Was I sitting too much? Standing too much?
You ask yourself so many questions, but ultimately, only you can decide what’s best for the little life growing inside you.
I think a lot of people feel like this. So much well-meaning advice comes your way, and you try your best to pick through all the dos and don’ts.
At Karmameju, we’re often asked if you’re allowed to use essential oils during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. For legal reasons, we let this personal choice be up to the individual consumer.
Karmameju is adapted to the varying cosmetics legislation in Europe, the US, Canada and Hong Kong, and we have therefore chosen to write the following on the products:
Seek professional advice during pregnancy and breastfeeding when using essential oils.
I know it doesn’t exactly answer the question, but we hope it helps you, the consumer, to make a choice.
A little bit of a good thing
I love aromatherapy and the positive effect it has on the body. I really loved using the 02 range to soothe, relax and pamper my skin and mind. I mixed and matched Karmameju Skincare from all the ranges. Products such as CALM balm 02 and calming MILD body oil 02 were favourites of mine during both pregnancies. It wasn’t the exquisite natural fragrances that worried me – far from it.
No, it was the CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic) substances in skincare that worried me then – and still do. I find it really disturbing. Pregnant women are not warned against using these substances.
But it has to be up to the individual whether or not to use skincare containing essential oils during pregnancy and breastfeeding, just as your dietary and other lifestyle choices are individual. We urge you to read up on pregnancy and the use of effective aromatherapy and to make your choice about which products to use during your pregnancy based on this.
The way I see it, it’s fine to use a little bit of a good thing.