ESSENTIAL OILS SAFETY AND PREGNANCY

Nila is a member of NAHA – National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and we would like to bring your attention to the safety issues of using essential oils during pregnancy.  Here is a link on using essential oils when pregnant.   This subject was raised by a few concerned customers who are looking for safe, natural mosquito repellant when news of Zika local infection broke out.

NAHA advised safe usage of essential oils, properly diluted and no internal ingestion.   We would like to stress that we do not advocate ingestion of essential oils when pregnant.  And if  you are not pregnant and would like to ingest essential oils, please do so under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapist.

Excerpts from NAHA website:

Other Safety Considerations

Pregnancy

NAHA will be adopting similar guidelines as the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. Here are their guidelines. For more information about IFPA, please see here.

The use of essential oils during pregnancy is a controversial topic and one that is yet to be fully understood. The main concern during pregnancy appears to be the risk of essential oil constituents crossing over into the placenta. According to Tisserand and Balacs, crossing the placenta does not necessarily mean that there is a risk of toxicity to the fetus; this will depend on the toxicity and the plasma concentration of the compound.9 It is probable that essential oil metabolites cross the placenta due to the intimate (but not direct) contact between maternal and embryonic or fetal blood. Tony Burfield goes on to say, “to my thinking the responsible attitude is to discourage the use of essential oils completely during the first few months of pregnancy”.10

Jane Buckle comments “the use of essential oils in pregnancy is a contentious subject, especially during the vital first 3-month period. It is extremely unlikely that a nightly bath containing a few drops of essential oils will cause any problems for the unborn child” and later states “there are no records of abnormal fetuses or aborted fetuses due to the ‘normal’ use of essential oils, either by inhalation or topical application.”11

According to Wildwood, “A common myth in aromatherapy is that massage oils containing essential oils such as Clary sage, rose or even rosemary can cause a miscarriage and hence should be avoided throughout pregnancy. Authors such as Ron Guba, Kurt Schnaubelt, and Chrissie Wildwood have all pointed out that there have been ‘no recorded cases of miscarriage or birth defect resulting from aromatherapy massage using therapeutic applications of any essential oil.”12

Ron Guba points out that toxicity during pregnancy is almost exclusively due to pregnant women taking large, toxic doses of essential oils, notably pennyroyal (rich in the ketone, pulegone, which is metabolized to the highly toxic furan epoxide, menthofuron) and parsley seed (rich in the dimethyl ether, apiol) in an attempt to abort the fetus.13 And Battaglia shares this insight: “the judicious use of essential oils together with appropriate forms of massage by a skilled therapist can help ease the discomforts of pregnancy and provide a sense of nurturing that will comfort the mother at times she is likely to be feeling rather fragile.”14

Due to the lack of clear information regarding the toxicity of essential oils during pregnancy, it would be best to adhere to general safety guidelines. According to Tisserand and Balacs, the following essential oils should not be used during pregnancy: wormwood, rue, oak moss, Lavandula stoechas, camphor, parsley seed, sage, and hyssop.15

Essential oils that appear to be safe include cardamon, German and Roman chamomile, frankincense, geranium, ginger, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rosewood, rose, sandalwood, and other nontoxic essential oils.16 It would also be prudent to avoid the internal or undiluted application of essential oils throughout pregnancy.

Essential oils to Avoid throughout Pregnancy, Labor, and while Breastfeeding (Table 6)

Essential Oil                       Latin Name
Aniseed                                Pimpinella anisum
Basil ct. estragole            Ocimum basilicum
Birch                                     Betula lenta
Camphor                            Cinnamomum camphora
Hyssop                                Hyssopus officinalis
Mugwort                             Artemisia vulgaris
Parsley seed or leaf        Petroselinum sativum
Pennyroyal                        Mentha pulegium
Sage                                     Salvia officinalis
Tansy                                   Tanacetum vulgare
Tarragon                             Artemisia dracunculus
Thuja                                   Thuja occidentalis
Wintergreen                      Gaultheria procumbens
Wormwood                       Artemisia absinthium

http://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#pregnancy

 

NILA YO-KIDS HAVE FUN! @ NTUC BABY AND JUNIOR RACE DOWNTOWN EAST SEPT 10, 2016

We will be conducting workshop for Kids Yoga at Down Town East, in conjunction with eXplorer Kids – Baby and Junior Race on 10th September, 2016 : 1.30 to 2 pm.

Yoga practice enhances children physical well-being, strength and flexibility, as well as  stimulates language and listening skills, improving their concentration span.
Practicing often also teaches them to act or react to situations, leads to constant self-discovery and promotes inquisitiveness.

At Nila, our kids yoga is conducted by Mrs Singapore 2015 First Runner Up, Evelyn Low who is a mother of two and qualified yoga instructor.   Evelyn also won the Mrs Beautiful Hand and Mrs Elegance  as well as many other awards at Mrs Singapore 2015 event.

Eve Yoga ProfileToddler Yoga

Come join us and register here for Nila Yo-Kids have fun workshop on 10th September 2016 at Downtown East!  Space is limited, please register here:

Baby & Junior Race

Bergamot Essential Oil

I am inspired to write about Bergamot today as my daughter Jermaine, baked earl grey Madeleines and wrote about “the bergamot perfume of these tea leaves seriously make it a joy to bake with”.

Bergamot oil never fails! It has such a beautiful aroma and has been used in perfume and confectionery industries.

Like all our citrus oils, Bergamot oil is extracted from the cold expression from the peel of the bergamot fruit, which is picked for its oil while still unripe and green. It has a sweet, fruity, citrus, green with spicy floral undertones. Many layers of aromas in a single oil!   Take a whiff and let the oil communicate to you today!   Many aromatherapy books described Bergamot beautifully –  “Bergamot lightens the shadows of the mind, bringing illumination and laughter. With this, it brings eternal youth and happiness…”

Indeed Bergamot is very much a happy oil.  Beside being a happy oil, it encourages concentration, confidence, balance, strength uplifting yet able to release and dissipate stagnant energy.  When there are too much stagnant energy within a person, it can manifest as irritability, frustration and tension.      As for the physical properties, it is anti bacterial, anti depressive, anti-infectious, antispasmodic and calmative.    Many goodness in a drop of Bergamot Oil!

It is very good to calm agitated kids and also promotes mental clarity, which makes it an excellent oils to use when the children are studying for exams and also in the workplace.

Do be careful if you are diluting Bergamot to for topical application, it is photo toxic, and in Robert Tisserand’s book of essential oils safety, the maximum dermal use is 0.4% to avoid photo toxicity.  However, do note that  Bergamot that is free of furocoumarins (which is the constituents that cause the skin sensitivity to sunlight) is now available,  We do carry Bergamot oil that is FCF free.  Do check before you purchase if it is for topical application.

When diffused with Lavender, Marjoram, it makes a wonderful night time companion.   Bergamot is a must have oil in your aroma journey!    Go get your bottle of happy Bergamot oil today!

Our Well-Being – a therapeutic blend of Sweet Orange, Lavender Bulgaria, Marjoram, Bergamot and Neroli is one of our best seller.

Well-being and bergamot

 

 

The Power of Patchouli

So I had a morning walk at Botanic garden and came to the Healing Garden and was pleasantly surprised to see Patchouli plants!

Patchouli is an amazing oil, I absolutely love, love, love the scent. And I have a few blends with Patchouli in them, one of them is Nila Essence Believe Yoga mist, a must have for all yogis, you can use it to help with your grounding in your practice. I have included lemon and lime so that you can cleanse your and mat space before and after your practice. Patchouli has an earthy, sweet and warm aroma.

The physical properties are many – Anti-bacteria, Anti-inflammatory, Anti depressant, regenerating, sexual tonic, support immune system, decongestant, insect repellant. I use this a lot in my bespoke blend for eczema treatment and relief.

It also has many amazing emotional properties : Sensuous, gently stimulating, invigorating, energetic, harmonising, balancing, stabilise the mind, negate worry.

It is a must have oil, go round the shop and have a smell, and fall in love and communicate with the oil and let the Patchouli communicate with you! I am very much a free spirit, maybe that is the reason why I love Patchouli so much and wear it as a scent!

I have a yogi who once told me she love Patchouli as it is a very “hippie oil”!

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NILA AROMATHERAPY BAR IS NOW AT PUNGGOL WATERWAY POINT

2016 marks many new milestones for Nila!  Our new office is finally ready and we were busy moving and unpacking. We now have a beautiful home at Midview City! We are still in the midst of unpacking. Once we are done, we will be able to conduct workshops here. So  do let us know what topics you would like us to work on!

Email us at : enquiry@nilasingapore.com

Nila is proud to collaborate with Times Lifestyle a and our oils, baby air purifier and diffusers are now available at their Punggol Waterway Point store!

I am also committed to conduct monthly workshops  in Punggol Waterway Point, starting from March till December 2016.  Our very first workshop is for stressed out students and their parents.  I will talk about using essential oils to help improve your child’s memory, maintain mental clarity and focus.  So, come and discover how essential oils can help you and  your child cope with the coming exams and you will go home with a bespoke roll on and inhaler!

Email us at: enquiry@nilasingapore.com

 

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Reflect, release and Renewal

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   This post was scheduled for posting last week but we were busy with the renovation of our new office cum warehouse! It has been a busy time for all of us at Nila! I will update about our new office in another post.

As we start on a brand new year, its time for reflection, release and renewal! Resolution – to eat healthy, exercise regularly and lose some weight along the way.

Essential oils that can help us in this aspect :

  1. Blend basil, peppermint, rosemary and lime with sweet almond and massaged clockwise around the belly to help stimulate digestion and prevent constipation.
  2. Nila Anti Cellulite blend – an invigorating blend of lime, sweet orange, lavender, siberian pine and ylang ylang that will help to stimulate blood circulation, recharge the lymphatic drainage system and balance water retention for firmer, healthier and well tone skin – add a few drops to unscented massage oil or cream.
  3. Eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, basil and tea tree stimulate the body and encourage more energy for exercise. Diffuse a combination of these oils to stimulate the senses and blood circulation.

My 2016 resolutions? To stay healthy and to lose weight, to get back to my yoga seriously and to continue my aroma and yoga  journey and sharing with one and all my experiences!