Pregnancy and Essential Oils

  • theholisticgoat

    July 29, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    Maternal Reproductive Toxicity of Some Essential Oils and Their Constituents

    This has some interesting charts and data and is worth the perusal if you’re formulating with or using essential oils.


    Even though several plants can improve the female reproductive function, the use of herbs, herbal preparations, or essential oils during pregnancy is questionable. This review is focused on the effects of some essential oils and their constituents on the female reproductive system during pregnancy and on the development of the fetus. The major concerns include causing abortion, reproductive hormone modulation, maternal toxicity, teratogenicity, and embryo-fetotoxicity. This work summarizes the important studies on the reproductive effects of essential oil constituents anethole, apiole, citral, camphor, thymoquinone, trans-sabinyl acetate, methyl salicylate, thujone, pulegone, β-elemene, β-eudesmol, and costus lactone, among others.

    I printed this one before building the website and am now delightedly adding it to this digital archive instead of kicking it around my desk. Hooray for technology! 🤩

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