Tracy Asks:

I am pregnant and nursing with a two year old in the home. I would like to learn what I can safely use to help with energy and positive attitude towards getting off the couch and other things I'm obligated to as an adult. I would also like suggestions for safe uses in early labor for peace and confidence.

Dr. Streicher Answers:

Dear Tracy,

For pregnancy, child birth and the months after birth, I recommend the following books:

Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, & Pregnancy: A Guide for the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Trimesters by Judy Godec
(She over emphasizes the citrus oils though.  Be moderate with citrus oils.)

Safety of Essential Oils in Pregnancy and Childbirth:  Guide for Midwives by Denise Tiran

In addition, I highly recommend Roman chamomile for relaxation and Lemon for energy, mental clarity.

All oils recommended during pregnancy are also fine during nursing.

I do not recommend these two books, due to their lack of decent safety standards:

1.    Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz

2.    Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Infant Care by Debra Raybern. 

If, after reviewing the books recommended above, you still have questions, I would be glad to answer them.

Kindest Regards,

Christoph Streicher, Ph.D.