Hi everyone! I've had some headaches and auras this week and can't see my midwife until Tuesday. I've decided to have a warm (not hot) bath and have just been to lush to buy a bath bomb and a bubble bar to try to relax and reduce the headaches a bit! I've only just thought...are bath bombs safe with essential oils in? Anyone used them?
I did get told there were a couple that I shouldn't use because they contained oils that could bring on labour. But I did wonder how true that was, considering you never see them recommended if you are term.
I've checked extensively and have more books on essential oils than you can shake a stick at
Oils you would need to avoid are things like rosemary or clarysage, ususally heavy scents.
The likes of lavender, ylang ylang the calming oils (and ones mostly used in bath bombs) are going to be fine. You could check the names on their website (fancy names will be on the labels) but the amount of actual oil will be so small I am sure you will be fine.
I've just made my husband call Lush this morning (think he'd do anything to avoid hormonal rage). And Lush said they will be absolutely fine after the first trimester. They said if we were worried we could just use half of the bath bomb and not to use all of the bubble bar. After all of this, I remembered last night that I've already used 2 Joules bath fizzles that I got for Christmas. 🙄 So that gives me something to stress over! Feel like I'm constantly stressing recently!
Firstly, if you are having headaches, seeing lights etc and you are over 20 weeks pregnant, please call your hospital maternity unit now and go in for checks.
Secondly, I don't know if it is because it's my second time around or what but I never would have thought of this - you are a very diligent pregnant lady!
I'm all for erring on the side of caution etc but I am sure that if essential oils were a remotely certain way of starting contractions, overdue women all over the world would be buying them in bulk. I would have been snorting them like Vicks with DC1 - he was in no rush to be worn AT ALL and would probably still be in there given half the chance!