Q: Whom it may conern, I have recenlty been using a few drops of tea tree oil and then realized it is contraindicated for use in pregnancy. I am about 34 weeks and am concerned about the effects on the fetus. Can you give me any more information or experience you may have had with the tea tree and pregnancy. ? Thank so much
A: Have you been taking this oil internally or using externally? For how long? How do you feel, does your baby feel to you? Are you working with someone who could determine if there is anything of concern? You are near ready for birth! If all feels good I would not worry. Though I have heard and understand and share the concern with essential oils for health in general, especially in pregnancy, I do not know of a specific thought on what damage it could cause other than risk of miscarriage. Plants naturally have essential oils in them. It is some of these that people can use to abort a pregnancy if they wish. When then isolated from the rest of the plant they can do it more successfully. Though there is risk of harm to the mother as well. This is what leads me to believe that as long as you feel wonderful all may be well for your babe. If you knew it could have done harm, would you do anything any more differently than you are now?
Q: Thank you for the response. I feel fine and had used the oil externally for a few weeks at the most in the later part of pregnancy, diluted with a little water or oil to prevent hsv outbreaks. My dr. has prescribed medication now but i had read about it in one of Chrisitine Northrups books and given it a try along with garlic pills..to assit my immune system. I forgot to ask my Dr. at the last visit as they are so busy I am always so rushed. I am sure everything is fine--just worrisome as this is my first baby so it's all new to me!
A: Oh I know that new mother worry!! In the future, know that Hypericum perforatum is a wonderful herb to help with herpes outbreaks. The oil of the fresh flowering tops (not essential oil, herbal infused oil) applied topically and the tincture taken internally in water, if not taking bc pills, antidepressants or blood thinners. It is sometimes called St. Joan's Wort, more often called St. John's Wort.
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