Essential oils have experienced a boom over the last decade, bolstered by both an increase in consumer desire for natural health and hygiene products and increased visibility thanks to direct sales and online boutique vendors. But this increase in availability has also resulted in a glut of information and misinformation regarding the safe use of essential oils.
Let’s get one thing straight, essential oils are not benign substances. They are highly concentrated chemical compounds that, contrary to the insistence of some skeptics, act directly on the body and can have a significant effect. They can be both blessing and bane, and there are certain people who should be extra careful about their exposure. In particular, pregnant women.
Here, we cover a few simple, but important, rules for safely and effectively using essential oils during pregnancy.
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