The doc is in! Read below to see what Dr. Hill, an industry expert on wellness and essential oils has to say about essential oil application and use of essential oils during pregnancy!
Q Why do we choose to place oils on the spine?
A Along the spine we have a higher concentration of neurological and arterial activity. This concentrated activity creates greater blood flow and absorption capabilities, which allow for greater distribution and heightened function of the essential oils. Gently massaging or using heat when applying essential oils on the spine is a great way to take advantage of the sensitivity of the neurological structures and cellular functions of the body and can enhance the absorption of essential oils topically.
Q What is the best way to apply essential oils to sensitive areas of the skin or body?
A It’s recognized that essential oils have many therapeutic benefits and can help provide relief when we have external conditions. Although using essential oils in proximity to the affected area can prove to be very beneficial, care needs to be exercised so that some of the more sensitive tissue are not irritated. It’s not necessary to apply essential oils directly onto the infected or irritate site to achieve the anti-infectious benefits we are looking for. Also even though we tend to think of some caustic oils as being more powerful and anti-infectious there may be milder oils, such as Lavender and Melaleuca, which still produce effective results, but are gentler in their reaction with the skin. Other ways to prevent irritation are by diluting essential oils with fractionated coconut oil before application, as well as avoiding placing oils too close to sensitive tissue areas like the eyes or in the ears.
Q Can I used essential oils during pregnancy?
A There has been widespread recognition of the non-aggressive mature of essential oils and their use as a safe and effective option during pregnancy. There is also a growing concern within the medical community over the potential side effects traditional pharmacology can have on an unborn child. Many symptoms of pregnancy can be managed through essential oils usage, including everything from nausea to general aches, and pains, and discomfort as the pregnancy progresses. They can even help with more serious symptoms where perhaps the mother has an infection and would rather not use an over-the-counter medication or prescription from her physician. Many traditional physicians are now recognizing the effectiveness and value of essential oils as a safe alternative for woman who are expecting. As always you need to consult with your physician and discuss the specifics of your individual needs to ensure your personal safety.