Essential oil is the naturally occurring oil that has the plant’s fragrance or other sources it is extracted from. These are most commonly made by steam distillation or cold pressing. While essential oils have long been a part of complementary and alternative medicine, they are rarely used in conventional medicine. In recent years their use has been growing, and they have become more common during pregnancy. The big question is whether essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. The majority of information online about essential oils comes from the marketing of the companies that sell oils or their representatives. There are a lot of claims made, and it was tough to figure out which ones were valid and which may be exaggerated. The biggest challenge was trying to get evidence-based information. This episode covers essential oils, how they work, available research on efficacy and safety, using essential oils during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, and tips for buying and using oils.

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