General Safety Guidelines

Essential Oils in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

The general recommendation for using oils topically during pregnancy and breastfeeding is to use a dilution of 1%.

The following list are essential oils that should be completely avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many of these oils are not sold by doTERRA but I am including for information purposes:

Anise (Pimpinella anisum L.)

Star Anise (Illicium verum)

Araucaria (Neocallitropsis pancheri)

Artemisia vestita (Artemisia vestita)

Sweet Birch (Betula lenta L.)

Black Seed (Nigella sativa L.)

Buchu - diosphenol CT (Agathosma betulina) Buchu - pluegone CT (Agathosma crenulata L.)

Calamint - lesser (Calamintha nepeta L subsp. grandulosa)

Carrot Seed (Daucus carota L subsp. sativus)

Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus castus L.)

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Costus (Saussurea costus)

Cypress - blue (Callitris intratopica)

Dill Seed - Indian (Anethum sowa)

Fennel - bitter (Foeniculum vulgare subsp. Capillaceum)

Fennel - sweet (Foeniculum vulgare)

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium L.)

Genipi (Artemisia genepi)

Hibawood (Thujopsis dolobrata L fill.)

Ho Leaf - Camphor CT (Cinnamonium camphora L.)

Hyssop (Hyssop officinalis L.)

Lanyana (Artemisia afra)

Lavender - Spanish (Lavendula stoechas L. ssp. soechas)

Mugwort - common camphor/thujone CT (Artemisia vulgarus L.)

Mugwort - common, chrysanthenyl acetate CT (Artemisia vulgarus L.) Mugwort - great (Artemisia arborescens L.)

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

Myrtle (Myrtus Communis L.)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Parsley Leaf (Petrselinum crispum)

Pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegioides L,

Mentha pulegium L, and Micromeria fruticosa L)

Rue (Ruta graveolens, and Ruta Montana)

Sage - Dalmatian (Salvia officinalis L)

Sage - Spanish (Salvia lavandulifolia)

Savin (Junpierus sabina L.)

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare L.)

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata Donn ex D Don)

Wintergreen (Gaultheria fragrantissima, and Gaultheria procumbens L.)

Wormwood - all chemotypes (Artenisia absinthium L.)

Yarrow - green (Achillea millefolium L.) Zedoary (Curcuma zedoaria)

Essential oils that should be restricted during pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Basil - lemon (Ocimum x citriodorum)

Boswellia papyrifera

Orange absolute - champaca (Michelia champaca L)

Lemon Balm - australian (Eucalyptus staigeriana F)

Lemon Leaf (Citrus x limon L)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

May chang (Litsea cubeba)

Melissa (Melissa officinalis)

Myrtle - honey (Melaleuca teretifolia)

Myrtle - lemon (Backhousia citriodora)

Nasturtium absolute (Tropaeolum majus L.)

Tea tree - lemon scented (Leptospermum petersonii)

Thyme - lemon (Thymus x citriodorus)

Verbena - lemon (Aloysia triphylla)