Essential Oils in Homemade Creams
Essential oils portion shouldn’t exceed 2,5 % of cream total, but if you are using it while pregnant it is recommended not to use more than 1 % essential oil dilution.
For easier orientation, if you put 5 drops of essential oil on 1 oz. of base oils or butters you will get approximately 1% dilution, while putting 12 drops on 1 oz. of fats will give approximately 2,5 % dilution.
And be aware that essential oils should never be applied to the skin undiluted.
Essential Oils During the Pregnancy
Be aware that some essential oils, which can be very beneficial in some other circumstances, should be avoided during the pregnancy.
First trimester is the most sensitive period and some sources advise not to use any essential oil during this time. The simple solution for keeping your skin healthy and well moisturized even in this period is to use pure unrefined shea or cocoa butter or make creams based on them without adding any essential oils. After the first trimester, some essential oils are believed to be completely safe to use in creams for your skin during the rest of the pregnancy. But whatever information we find in books or on internet, it is always good idea to consult a doctor before we start to use them.
For easier orientation, here is the list of essential oils best to avoid during a pregnancy: Angelica, Aniseed, Basil, Bay, Camphor, Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Celery, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cumin, Cypress, Dill, Fennel, Galbanum, Geranium, Guaiacwood, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lavender Spike, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Origanum, Parsley, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Santolina, Spearmint, Tarragon, Thyme, and Yarrow.