We do know that many mums-to-be find aromatherapy helpful in easing pregnancy niggles. These include backache, nausea or swollen ankles. If you want to use aromatherapy oils, it's a good idea to take the following precautions:
Only use one or two drops of essential oil at a time.
Dilute the essential oil by mixing the drops with at least a teaspoon (5ml) of a base oil before you add it to a bath or massage it into your skin. Grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil work well as base oils.
You can add drops of the oil to a vaporiser, but don't leave it on for longer than 10 or 15 minutes in each hour. If you leave it on for too long, the smell can be overpowering and make you feel nauseous.
It's best to start using essential oils once you are past the first trimester. If you use them in the first trimester, always consult an aromatherapist who's trained in treating mums-to-be.
Oils that are safe for you to use
As long as your pregnancy is going well, it's fine for you to use:
citrus oils, such as tangerine and neroli
Oils that are not safe for you to use
Don't use the following essential oils while you are pregnant:
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, which may cause bleeding in your uterus (womb)
juniper berry, which may affect your kidneys
In some circumstances, it's best to steer clear of essential oils altogether. Don't use any oils if:
you have a history of miscarriage
you have had any vaginal bleeding in this pregnancy
you have epilepsy
you have heart problems
you have diabetes, blood clotting problems, or have thyroid, liver or kidney disease
Also, you might want to add a little tea tree oil to the eucalyptus and do a steam inhalation, great for colds. Tea tree (also safe for preg) is antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal!
not to sure with the vicks as it is quite a concentrated form my pharmisist imformed me to steer clear as it is absorbed in the skin.
Garlic will help alot it has good antiviral fighting power, copious amounts as well as vitaman c to help it absorb. Fresh is better than cooked.
Hope you get better soon