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    Default Eucalyptus oil? ?

    Ive had very very bad sinus and congestion this pregnancy. Ive used otrovin a couple of times before learning is not safe to use during pregnancy. I asked my pharmacist today what i could possibly use as im not sleeping because of it. My ears are hurting and i get headaches. She suggested plain old eucalyptus oil on a tissue and breath it in deeply or a steam bath. Ive been doing the tissue thing tonight and its amazing! ! Who'd a thought? But the paranoid me decided to Google eucalyptus oil.... now im reading this isnt safe! !! Aaagggghhh...are you kidding me. Its the only thing other than nasal sprays that work (saline is rubbish). Does anyone know about this?

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    Don't know about eucalyptus, but the Sudafed nasal spray was safe for breastfeeding and worked well for me. Not sure about pregnancy though. Maybe ask the pharmacist about it?

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    Essential oils are highly concentrated substances extracted from plants. They are powerful, so it's important to use them sparingly. Eucalyptus oil is pretty safe if you use only one drop at a time.
    Further more, I think there are many kind of essencial oil you need to avoid during prenancy like
    - Nutmeg, which may have hallucinogenic effects and react with pain-relieving drugs in labour.
    - Rosemary, which is thought to increase blood pressure, and may cause contractions.
    - Basil, which is thought to contribute to abnormal cell development.
    - Jasmine and clary sage, which may trigger contractions.
    - Sage and rose, which may cause bleeding in your uterus (womb).
    - Juniper berry, which may affect your kidneys.
    Laurel, angelica, thyme, cumin, aniseed, citronella and cinnamon leaf should also be avoided as they could stimulate contractions.

    In addition, you should not worry too much about this. Only worrying can be harmful to the baby If you feel hard to sleep, try to massage gently your eyelids (you can ask your husband to do it for you).


 

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