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Ask Dahlia: Cleaning With Essential Oils During Pregnancy

JOAN ASKS …
“Thank you for your post on Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant and Breastfeeding, extremely helpful. I was wondering if it is okay to use peppermint and/or lavender oils during pregnancy and after for household only, e.g. cleaning, disinfecting, air-freshening, laundry etc. etc. i use them quite extensively around the house, including vinegar, and cannot not think of any better and natural alternatives.”

DAHLIA SAYS …

Hi! Thanks for the great question. So there are 3 ways to get exposure to any chemical whether it’s an essential oil or something synthetic. 1. ingestion (swallowing), 2. skin absorption and 3. inhalation. Check out the article I wrote, “READ THE LABEL [CHAPTER 2] How Substances Enter Your Body.”

Unless you’re allergic or have other respiratory ailments, inhalation of the oils you mention, should not be detrimental or increase risk. Excessive amounts could cause irritation to eyes and lungs, but beyond that, I’m not worried.

There are so many resources out there on aromatherapy, but nothing that evaluates or compares each of the exposure types I mention, and whether each of these types has different impacts for pregnancy. It is my personal belief, others may argue, that these oils you’re wanting to use (lavender and peppermint) will be harmless as aromatherapy while pregnant. And these oils (and vinegar) have been used for centuries for disinfecting and cleaning. The quantities you’d be using are likely to be less than 1% anyway.

My only concern about using essential oils in cleaning is the unknown impact on household pets. Many animals are allergic to various types of essential oils; e.g. lemon and cats. So just be mindful. -Dahlia

Do you have your own question for Dahlia? Let us know! You can ask Dahlia yourself here. Your question may even be featured in the next newsletter!

Written by Dahlia Kelada
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved

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Nicolle’s Top 5 Essential Oils and their Lesser-Known Uses

SALVE Essential Oil Roll-Ons
Essential oils provide us with amazing, natural fragrances; but these oils have many other uses as well. They can help with everything from dry skin to insomnia. So I’ve decided to create a list of my top five favorite essential oils and their lesser known uses.

What are essential oils?
Essential oils are defined as a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant. Basically, it’s an oil that is derived from a plant, that still carries the essence of the plant with it, including the fragrance and it’s natural uses for a healthier body. Some essential oils can be used directly on the skin, while others cannot and certain essential oils should be avoided while pregnant. (See our previous blog post on essential oils to avoid while pregnant and breastfeeding.)

Why use essential Oils?
Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years as treatments for ailments and for their often therapeutic properties. There are so many essential oils available, each with different properties that can be used as natural remedies in lieu of traditional, chemical filled products.

5. Peppermint oil SALVE's Peppermint Essential Oil Roll-On
Peppermint oil is a very popular essential oil that is commonly used to ease headaches and migraines and clear congestion, however this oil is great for getting rid of an even bigger annoyance than those….Ants!

With the colder, wetter weather come the ants and unlike most humans, ants hate peppermint oil. A few drops of peppermint oil where you normally find ants, and you’ve got yourself a safe and natural way to get rid of ants without the harsh chemicals in your typical bug spray. A quick disclaimer on peppermint oil: Much like the ant’s, I am one of the unlucky few who has a sensitivity to peppermint oil, and can’t use it on my skin(although sometimes I still do and regret it later. It smells delicious.) When I use peppermint oil I get a burning sensation, and sometimes even a rash so I try to stay away from putting it on my skin. This, however is not typical of most people, but because it is one of the stronger more concentrated oils those with sensitive skin should be careful.

4. Rose Oil SALVE's Rose Essential Therapy Roll-On
Rose oil is one of the essential oils that most people only associate with it’s use as a fragrance, it is used aromatherapy for it’s ability to relieve stress and promote happiness, but Rose oil has many other uses as well. It is a great way to treat acne. Rose oil has antiseptic and astringent properties which helps to kill the bacteria that causes acne. Don’t be fooled into thinking rose oil is just for smell. It has many other practical uses.

3. Lemongrass OilSALVE's Lemongrass Essential Oil Roll-on
Lemongrass oil is not only great as a perfume (a bit sweeter than lemon oil) it is also used as a natural remedy for a myriad of different ailments including high blood pressure, and depression. What you may not know is that Lemongrass oil is also a natural way to help reduce cellulite and varicose veins.

2. Tea Tree OilSALVE Tea Tree Oil
The first product I ever saw with tea tree oil in it was an acne face wash, and many of you have probably heard of its ability to help treat acne, and fade acne scars but maybe you didn’t know that using this essential oil on your pets can help protect them against fleas and ticks and even remove ticks once your pet has already caught them. Even better, this essential oil can be used to treat head lice, and if you have kids or are regularly around school age children, keeping this essential oil handy might just save you from that itchy scalp.

1. Lavender OilLavender-Essential-Roll-o_41
Not only is Lavender one of my favorite flowers, fragrances, and flavors (If you’ve never had lavender ice cream you are truly missing out. Trust me on this.) Lavender oil is also one of the most versatile essential oils around. As most people know, Lavender oil can be used for it’s relaxing properties, to help calm, or even aid in treating insomnia; but, it can also be used as an insect repellant. For those of you that seem to always have insect or mosquito bites and prefer not to use bug sprays that are loaded with harmful chemicals, Lavender oil might just be the perfect natural repellant for you. While I have come across a few different recipes for insect repellant using lavender oil, I’d opt for just a simple dab of Lavender oil to your pulse points. Extra Tip: If you already have those annoying, itch bug bites, Lavender oil also works great to soothe the itchiness and speed the healing process.

SALVE’s Essential Oils
Salve Naturals carries all of the essential oils mentioned above and many more. Tell us what your favorite essential oil is and your favorite use for it.

We’re in the process of developing some safe products for baby care. Stay tuned!

Check out our related articles:
Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant & Breastfeeding
How Substances Enter Your Body
How we Accumulate Toxins in our Bodies

Written by Nicolle Chase
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved

 

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Clove Essential Oil

What are essential oils?
Essential oils are defined as a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant. Basically, it’s an oil that is derived from a plant, that still carries the essence of the plant with it, including the fragrance and it’s natural uses for a healthier body. Some essential oils can be used directly on the skin, while others cannot and certain essential oils should be avoided while pregnant. (See our previous blog post on essential oils to avoid while pregnant and breastfeeding.)

Clove essential Oil
Clove essential oil is usually extracted from the buds of the Eugenia caryophyllata (clove) plant. It has a beautiful woody aroma with a bit of a fruity undertone. Clove has traditionally been used in India and China for its medicinal properties, and even as a spice in some of their traditional dishes. In researching for this blog article, I was able to read many anecdotal accounts of how clove oil has helped people with their medical and physical needs. One of the most interesting, was an account of how clove oil helped with one girls hypothyroidism. She used clove oil topically over her thyroid and it helped to stimulate her thyroid, aiding in treating her thyroid issue. While her results may not be true for everyone, I found it to be an interesting insight into just how powerful natural remedies can be!

Health Benefits of Clove Essential Oil
Clove essential oil is known for its many medicinal uses. This oil is antiseptic, which is useful for using on small wounds but it also can be used on fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and scabies. It has also been known to treat those annoying infections of the eye known as a sty. Clove oil is also widely known for its uses as an aid to a healthy immune system. It has antiviral properties that help to strengthen the immune system, which is a welcome trait with flu season just around the corner. It also works remarkably well as a dental aid. It can help to freshen breath, kills bacteria in the mouth, provide a defense against cavities, and provide relief to your tooth aches. Clove essential oil is also used in aromatherapy and is known as an effective way to reduce headaches.

Other Benefits of Clove Essential Oil
Clove essential oil can be used to discourage your pets from chewing on your furniture, a safe and natural alternative to the sprays you find in your local supermarkets!

Not all essential oils are safe for everyone; Who should beware of using Clove? Clove oil is a very strong oil and should always be used in a diluted form. If you are a person, like me, who has sensitive skin, you may want to avoid applying clove oil directly to your skin as it can irritate sensitive skin. However, you may still be able to use it in different ways, such an inhaling, to provide relief to certain repertory conditions. Additionally, it is not recommended that you ingest clove oil, in most cases (it is generally safe to use in the mouth as dental care). Instead stick to topical and aromatic methods.

What Can I Use Instead?
We recommend trying patchouli essential oil instead. If you have sensitive skin or are avoiding clove oil because you are pregnant or breastfeeding patchouli oil has some of the same uses such as treatment for athlete foot and it’s antiseptic properties, but it is a much more mild oil.
Check out our related articles:
Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant & Breastfeeding
How Substances Enter Your Body
How we Accumulate Toxins in our Bodies

Written by Nicolle Chase
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved

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Anise Essential Oil

What are essential oils?
Essential oils are defined as a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant. Basically, it’s an oil that is derived from a plant, that still carries the essence of the plant with it, including the fragrance and it’s natural uses for a healthier body. Some essential oils can be used directly on the skin, while others cannot and certain essential oils should be avoided while pregnant. (See our previous blog post on essential oils to avoid while pregnant and breastfeeding.)

Anise Essential Oil Anise
Essential oil is made from the seeds of the Pimpinella anisum plant. For those of you who have already tried this essential oil, you may have noticed that its scent is similar to black licorice. While that may appeal to some of you, those of you who do not like the smell of anise essential oil by itself may find that mixing a few drops with a citrus, or vanilla scent will transform an ordinary scent into a lovely fragrance with subtle undertones. Anise has traditionally been used in everything from Egyptian bread to perfume used by fisherman to mask the human scent. Additionally, anise has been used by many cultures for it’s therapeutic and health properties.

Health Benefits of Anise Essential Oil
Anise essential oil has a number of therapeutic properties. This oil is antiseptic, which is useful for using on small cuts in order to provide a protective layer between the wound and the air. It is also antispasmodic; because it is a relaxant, it helps to relax spasms, it also works as a carminative (helping to relieve gas) by promoting the removal of excess gas. It also works remarkably well as an expectorant helping to loosen excess mucus and phlegm, providing relief from your cough. Anise essential oil is used by massage therapists to stimulate circulation; and used along with massage can help relieve some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Other Benefits of Anise Essential Oil
Anise can be used as an insecticide as it is toxic to insects and even to some small animals (it is also been known to kill worms in the intestine).

Not all essential oils are safe for everyone. Who should beware of using Anise?
Small children and pets are at risk because this essential oil an be toxic to them, especially in large quantities. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is advised that you stay away from this essential oil. If you fit into one of these categories there are many safe essential oils that you can use instead.

What Can I Use Instead?
We recommend trying eucalyptus essential oil instead. it has many of the same characteristics but is safe to use for pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimester.

We’re in the process of developing some safe products for baby care. Stay tuned!

Check out our related articles:
Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant & Breastfeeding
How Substances Enter Your Body
How we Accumulate Toxins in our Bodies

Written by Nicolle Chase
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved

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